out for Clean Air
Siting Act Hearings
"Midwest Advocates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Midwest Environmental Advocates needs your help to protect rural Wisconsin from
toxic odors and air pollution from livestock factories. To the disappointment
of many rural Wisconsin residents, last year the State Legislature passed the
Livestock Facilities Siting Act. This new law stifles local governments'
ability to protect public health and safety by forcing them to adhere to
statewide standards for livestock factories when granting local permits.
These statewide standards are currently up for public hearing.
Now is the time to voice your support for strong standards to address the
significant odor and air pollution generated by large livestock factories.
Afternoon and evening hearings will be held around the state from March 14th -
March 24th. To find the location nearest you, click here.
To find out more about the proposed statewide standards, and for
talking points for the upcoming hearings, click here.
To read a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about the standards, click here.
Home Grown Energy Options — Small Wind Turbines
March Center for Rural Affairs newsletter
"Center for Rural Affairs" <email@example.com>
It frustrates many to see train after train cross states loaded with coal
soon to be converted to carbon dioxide and other air pollutants. Nebraska,
with few conventional energy reserves, ranks sixth in wind energy
potential, but still lags behind neighboring states in wind energy
Nebraska is the only totally public power system in the union. Public power
means only public entities can retail electricity. Blamed by some for slow
adoption of wind energy, the public power system is credited for low energy
rates in the state, but that doesn’t mean coal should be the main energy
Public power does not prevent individuals from installing electrical
generator units for their own use, but for the uninformed, small wind
systems are a giant step. Find out what wind energy information is
available online in the complete article:
Contact: Martin Kleinschmit, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hull Wind: A Renewable Energy "Cash
Cow" for communities
"E - The Environmental Magazine"<email@example.com>
Hull Wind I
is a Danish-made 660-kilowatt Vestas
turbine that has the distinction of being the first commercial-scale windmill to
go online anywhere on the U.S.'s eastern coastline. It's also the first commercial-scale turbine in suburbia, and the first
within walking distance of mass transit--in this case, a ferry line.
There are 40 towns in Massachusetts that have
municipally owned electric utilities, a situation that is ideal for public wind
power. Towns like Hull can generate a kilowatt of electricity for 3.4 cents, but
because of production tax credits and tradable renewable energy certificates
(RECs), it takes in 6.3 cents. "It's a cash cow," MacLeod said. The electricity
generated goes straight into the town's own grid, replacing power that would
cost eight cents per kilowatt hour if it were purchased in the energy market.
"We get the financial benefit, plus because it's a green
source of energy the turbine becomes a focus of goodwill for the town," says
Hull selectwoman Joan Meschino. Everyone in town will tell you that the wind
turbine has not killed a single bird, at least according to the regular checks
by the town's science students. Neighbors are supportive, too, and you can
hardly hear the turbine even when you're standing right under it.
the complete article at
2005 is Invasive Species Awareness Month
Dear partners in the battle against invasive
Governor Jim Doyle has demonstrated a
firm commitment to address the issue of invasive species in Wisconsin by
declaring June of 2005 Invasive Species Awareness Month.
During Invasive Species Awareness Month, numerous field trips, workshops,
presentations and work parties will be held throughout the state. Now is your chance to create a statewide alliance
of public and private groups, who
will work together to inundate Wisconsin citizens with the message
"Invasive species is an important issue to confront!!"
Would you like to lead an activity during Invasive Species Awareness Month or
volunteer in the planning process? Could you publish an article in your local conservation or neighborhood group
newsletter? Go to the following
Here, you will find guides on how to
lead various events, writing and educational resources, a link to an Invasive
Species Speaker's Bureau, and many other helpful guides to help you in planning
an Invasive Species Awareness Month event.
At the above website, an online form allows
you to register your event. Visitors to the website can then search for events
throughout the state by county and by event-type.
on the Website
This is the main resource for Invasive Species
Awareness Month, and will be under continuing development during the month of
March. Let me know how the website is helpful and what components you would
like to see added or changed.
If you need assistance that can't be provided
at the website, please contact me:
Invasive Species Education Coordinator
Wisconsin Council on Invasive
Office and Voice Mail:
The Nature Conservancy
633 West Main Street
Madison, WI 53703
608/251-8140 ext. 162
Available with Kinnickinnic
River Land Trust, River FallsMission:
Accepting Applications: Open Until
Work With the
Community to Conserve the Natural Resources and Scenic Beauty of the
Kinnickinnic River Watershed
- Land protection and conservation programs and projects
- Fund raising for operations and special projects
- Relationships with key constituents
- Technical Land Trust functions
- Public relations
- Management of office/administrative functions including administrative
support, GIS specialist and development specialist (vacant)
- Board relations
- BA/BS in Environment/Science; preferably MA or MBA or similar
- Proven track record in director/manager position at similar size
- Five years plus leadership experience in Land Trust or similar conservation
- Solid record of successful fund raising from members, foundations,
government programs, including grant writing
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Willing to be accountable
- Strategic thinker
- Excellent negotiator
- Proven ability to develop enduring relationships with partners
- Strong project and people management skills
Search Committee is seeking applicants now.
Apply by mail or e-mail
Kinnickinnic River Land Trust
421 N. Main
P.O. Box 87
River Falls, Wisconsin 54022
Farmers - Sign Up
for Grassland Reserve
Program by April 29
From: "Anderson, Renae - Madison, WI" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
farmers have until April 29, 2005, to
apply for the USDA Grassland Reserve Program, said Pat
Leavenworth State Conservationist for the USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service. This year, the Grassland Reserve received over
$1 million for Wisconsin farmers.
The Grassland Reserve offers eligible producers the
opportunity to enroll a minimum of 40 acres of pasture, grassland or hayland in
permanent or long-term easements or rental contracts.
Applications received at USDA Service Centers by April 29
will be reviewed and ranked for funding this year. Those applicants that are not selected this
year will be held over and considered for funding when the 2006 funds are
available, says Leavenworth, as will
farmers who apply for the program at any time after April 29. There are currently 122 applications in
The Wisconsin NRCS website has more information on the
Grassland Reserve, including the ranking process to help users see if they are
eligible and find out how their application will rank. It is available at www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov under
Programs, Grassland Reserve (GRP).
The Grassland Reserve helps landowners restore and protect
grassland, pastureland, shrubland and certain other lands and provides
assistance for rehabilitating grasslands. The program will conserve vulnerable
grasslands from conversion to other uses.
Wisconsin’s allocation so far is
$1,110,332 for fiscal year 2005.
Johnson Nominated as EPA
American Rivers Outreach
nominated Stephen Johnson to be the Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator last Friday. Johnson has twice previously received Senate
confirmation for high-level EPA positions during the Bush administration.
Johnson has spent most of his career at EPA focusing on pesticide regulations.
He first became a political appointee in June 2001 when the Senate confirmed
Johnson by a voice vote to become the agency's top pesticides official as
assistant administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic
Substances. The second Senate approved position was when he was nominated to be
the Deputy Administrator; he was confirmed by voice vote in November 2004. As
Deputy and Acting Administrator he has been the primary advocate for the
administration’s roll back of clean air rules under the “Clear Skies”
legislation. Before joining EPA, Johnson held positions as director of
operations at Hazelton Laboratories Corp., the world's largest pre-clinical
biological and chemical research laboratory, and at Litton Bionetics, Inc.
Johnson would become EPA's 11th administrator, once confirmed, and the first
career staffer to rise to the top post.
March 3, 2005
Administrator-Division of Water
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 7921, Madison WI 53707
Voice: 608 264-6278 Fax: 608 266-6983
Table of Contents for the issue:
- Sugar River manure spill
- County Land & Water Resource Management
- Storm Water Violations Suit filed Racine Co.
- Sign Up for Grassland Reserve
- 2005 Wisconsin CCA Award of
- Two Watersheds Eligible for CSP
- $1 Million for Comprehensive Nutrient
- Time Codes Revision
- Storm Water intranet
- Next Draft NR 115 Now Available
on Monitoring Board
- Conservation Lobbying Day
- Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic
- "Growth and Water Resources" Training
Read Basin Briefs at
Forestry Notes from WDNR
Produced monthly, this newsletter highlights the programs and activities of
the Wisconsin DNR. Issues are listed in chronological order, starting with the
the March 2005 issue (PDF)
NRCS Seeks Comments on
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
for written comments, March
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is seeking comments from
Wisconsin landowners and organizations on its flagship conservation costshare
program, the Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP). Pat Leavenworth, State Conservationist for NRCS in
Wisconsin, is launching a comment period to allow public input on EQIP through
March 21, 2005.
Public listening sessions will be held in each State in cooperation with the
State Technical Committee. NRCS is looking for a wide array of public and
stakeholder input from these sessions. Feedback from agricultural organizations,
environmental groups, commodity organizations, agencies, individuals and others
is encouraged. NRCS is also conducting special outreach efforts to ensure that
traditionally underserved groups are informed and represented.
Comments can be made on the web at: http://www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/eqipcomments.html
more information See
the NRCS announcement
Water Network (CWN) is an alliance of more than 1,000 public interest
organizations around the country working together to strengthen and implement
federal clean water and wetlands
website has information
and actions you can take
to preserve the Clean Water
Act, oppose EPA's Sewage
Dumping Act and voice your
concerns on important water
Citizens’ Agenda for Rivers
The Citizens' Agenda for Rivers is a proactive plan created by and for the
nationwide river movement. It identifies three priority threats to rivers: 1)
the erosion of clean water protections; (2) not enough water to sustain healthy
rivers; and 3) the paving over and pollution of watersheds by sprawl. For each
threat, the Agenda identifies practical policy solutions that can be
implemented today at the local, state and federal level.
You can learn more about the Citizens' Agenda for Rivers and related efforts
online at www.healthyrivers.org. On this website you can:
Read and download the Citizens' Agenda for Rivers -- http://www.healthyrivers.org/read.html
- Endorse the Citizens' Agenda for Rivers -- http://www.healthyrivers.org/endorse.cfm
- Download supporting documents, including customizable fact sheets for your use
- Read about the success of River Lobby Day, where 81 river activists from 29
states traveled to Washington, D.C. to deliver the Citizens' Agenda to
To become an endorser of the Citizen’s Agenda for Rivers contact Jamie Mierau
at American Rivers at email@example.com or 202-347-7550.
Vetrano, DNR Natural Resources
Manager, to receive Thomas
F Waters Stewardship Award
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources manager Dave Vetrano will
receive the Thomas F. Waters Stewardship Award April 1 at the Great Waters
Fishing Expo at the Sheraton Bloomington, Minneapolis South Hotel
in Bloomington, Minn.
The award honors the career and dedication of
Dr. Thomas F. Waters, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, a
celebrated author and mentor and friend to hundreds of Midwest outdoor
enthusiasts and advocates of healthy streams and rivers. He lives in Andover,
Vetrano has worked to restore trout fisheries in southwest
Wisconsin since 1980. He received a bachelorąs in fisheries biology and
UW-Stevens Point. Vetrano developed the LUNKER structure for
trout habitat and has pioneered a wild brood stock trout propagation program.
He is stationed in La Crosse.
The presentation of the stewardship
award to Vetrano at 1 p.m. April 1 will follow ceremonies at the Sheraton
Bloomington Hotel (the site of the Great Waters Expo) announcing the creation
of the Trout Unlimited Driftless Area Restoration Effort, an ambitious TU
plan to restore endangered coldwater streams and rivers in the Driftless Area
with the help of various partner organizations. The Expo continues through
For more information about the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo, visit
www.greatwaters2005.com and/or contact
Midwest Fly Fishing magazine at (612)
926-5128 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ready for Earth Day
In preparation for Earth Day 2005, April 22nd, people and organizations
around the country are developing events in their communities that will
build awareness and draw attention to environmental health issues. They are
planning rallies, festivals, community dialogues, church services,
canvassing and many other activities.
year's theme is "Protecting Our Children’s Health and Our Future."
Day Network has set up a
registry for organizations
to post their events. See
www.earthday.net. Click on Earth Day 2005 Events
and follow the links to join the network and register your event.
For more information on organizing an Earth Day event, see
the Earth Day Organizer’s Guide at
more information, call 202-518-0044 or
needed for Loon Population
Survey on July 16, 2005
"Brian Fox" <email@example.com>
The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in Ashland. We're
currently organizing a loon population survey, which will take place on July 16
between 5:00 AM and 10:00 AM. The survey will cover 252 lakes throughout
central and northern Wisconsin and we still need volunteers to cover half of
Anyone interested in volunteering for this survey can sign up through our web site at http://www.northland.edu/soei/loon_population.asp.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
U.S. Wetland Grants
Program instructions available
due dates - July 29
Tim Grunewald <Tim.Grunewald@dnr.state.wi.us>
The 2005 U.S. Standard grant instructions are
now available on the NAWCA web site at http://birdhabitat.fws.gov
Click on Wetlands
Grants Program and then click on U.S. Standard Grants. The 2005 proposal due
dates are March 4 and July 29.
Assessment Question #3 is still being revised and will be posted soon.