In just one day, 100 national, regional and local conservation, community, taxpayer, and professional organizations along with Milwaukee Riverkeeper signed onto comments to demonstrate to the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) that we need better water planning guidelines. The comments were in response to draft Interagency Guidelines related to the Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies. These Principles and Guidelines govern how Federal agencies evaluate proposed water resource development projects. Our comments, in the pdf below, highlight recommendations that we urge the CEQ to make in order to ensure that our federal government invests only in projects that are environmentally and economically sound.
Yesterday, on its vote on the budget, the Assembly made several changes to the version proposed by the Joint Finance Committee. These changes affect the issues of high-capacity wells as well as stormwater and flood management ordinances.
The Senate plans to file a bipartisan “Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013” (“CRRM”) which fails to protect public health, safety and the environment from toxic ash disposal. Substantial deficiencies that have been identified by the Congressional Research Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and public interest groups remain unaddressed by this bill.
A federal report released on Tuesday identified the Milwaukee River as an area where the filter-feeding, up to 100 pound, Asian Carp would thrive. Previous research indicated Asian carp needed free-flowing rivers about 62 miles long to successfully reproduce, but the new report indicates that rivers as short as 16 miles have proved to be adequate habitat.
Last week a draft of the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act of 2013 (GLEEPA) was released. This bill would permanently authorize funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $475 million annually. This bill is instrumental in strengthening federal restoration efforts, but we need your help this week to generate Senators to co-sponsor the bill!
Now that officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are proposing to eliminate a $10 million program that monitors the health risks in recreational water at thousands of beaches around the country, cities and counties in Wisconsin are looking for new ways to sustain the program.
Your right to ensure that Wisconsin DNR considers the big picture of high-capacity wells that deplete our groundwater, lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands is being stripped away in the proposed State budget.
On this Tuesday, June 18th the State Assembly will be voting on the budget, which includes a motion that would forbid citizens from challenging high-capacity well permits. This non-fiscal policy item will degrade our precious water resources. Milwaukee Riverkeeper believes it is important for the state budget to reflect the strong conservation values of Wisconsin citizens not the special interests of business lobbyists.
The purposed state budget is attempting to define downtown Milwaukee's historic lakeshore according to where it was set in 1913. This is an attempt to end the long debate about whether a private development can be built on the Downtown Transit Center site, located at 909 E. Michigan St.
Thanks to the efforts of Milwaukee Riverkeeper and partners, Wisconsin DNR is finally adding the northern reaches of the Milwaukee River to the list of Wisconsin waters failing to meet state standards for phosphorus.
Excessive amounts of phosphorus make our rivers green and smelly, fuel the growth of algae, and harm fish and other aquatic life. While it's disappointing that more has not been done to prevent the run-off of animal waste and fertilizer from farm fields (leading sources of the pollution), DNR's action is welcome for it will necessitate the development of cleanup plans.