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July 1
, 2005

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Meetings & Events

List of Wisconsin Media and Abbreviations used in WSNetwork News

Contact your WSN Regional Coordinators for local action on conservation and environmental issues in your community

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Other Action Alerts

Stop Global Warming from Going Nuclear

Take Action for Healthy Communities and Clean Energy

Legislative Panel votes to kill Smart Growth: Deals blow to local control, private property rights and lake protection

Restore Funding for Focus on Energy

Cuts in the State Budget Threaten Your Lakes, Rivers and Drinking Water

Stop the Army’s Plan to Burn PCBs at Badger Army Ammunition Plant

Road Oil at Badger AAP: A Report and CALL TO ACTION by Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger


Action alert on transmission line

URGENT: Fax or CALL Governor Doyle today!!!

From: Tom Kreager, SOUL
Sent: Jun 26, 2005 7:48 AM

Ask Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle to veto the Montgomery bill AM 437/SB 234.

Please call or fax Governor Doyle and tell him to veto this ill-advised bill.

Phone 608-266-1212
Fax 608-267-8983

Pass this along to anyone else who may be concerned about this issue especially in the southern part of the state!

The bills referred to in this email are the ones which you may have heard of on the radio or in print:  for the first time ever, they would allow for public lands--in this case the "insurgent" Douglas County's park and forest lands--to be condemned by Eminent Domain upon request from a PRIVATE CORPORATION, in this case the American Transmission Company, to build their huge transmission line though Wisconsin's wetlands and forest lands.

If this bill is passed NO local public land, park or forest would be off limits from new transmission lines and may actually be targeted because of the ease the new bill provides to take it.

Governor Doyle (a Democrat, oddly enough) has indicated willingness to sign this giveaway of public lands to the corporate interests.You shouldn't need me to tell you that this is a complete sellout by this governor to the ATC corporation.

The Governor has lamely stated that "we" need to allow this corporation to have its way, or else face energy shortages in the future.  These statements assume there is no other way than centralized power production and distribution, when in fact you probably realize there is a perfectly viable alternative, called renewable energy production close to the end-user.  Locally produced, locally distributed.  Simple alternative.

Please call or fax Governor Doyle and tell him to veto this ill-advised bill.

Phone 608-266-1212
Fax 608-267-8983

Save Our Unique Lands (SOUL)

Arrowhead-Weston Transmission Line

WSN Issue Chair: Logan Edinger, Save Our Unique Lands

Articles from State Media

Save Our Unique Lands


Environmental Education Initiatives

WSN Issue Chair: Sarah Lloyd, Concerned Citizens of Newport

Articles from State Media

Wisconsin Woodland group to hold seminars

The Woodland Leadership Institute of Wisconsin is seeking candidates for its environmental program.

Three seminars, scheduled for Aug. 19 to 20, Sept. 23 to 25 and Oct. 28 to 29, will teach woodland owners how to become leaders in their local communities on issues related to forestry, sustainable forest management and public policy.

Individuals interested in the program should contact the office of State Rep. Garey Bies at (888) 482-0001 or by mail at P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708-8952.

Read the article in Green Bay Press Gazette


Fair Motorboat Gas Revenue Allocation

WSN Issue Chair: Peter Murray, WI Assn. of Lakes



Forest & Habitat Fragmentation

WSN Issue Chair: John Schwarzmann, ECCOLA

Article from State Media

Urban forestry grants available

The Department of Natural Resources has announced that money is available for urban forestry grants. Wisconsin cities, villages, townships, counties, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations are eligible for these grants.

Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000. Grant recipients must match the grant dollar-for-dollar with cash, or in kind with labor, services, supplies, equipment or facilities provided by the recipient or donated by a third party or volunteer.

Applications are due by Oct. 3, 2005. To receive a grant application packet, contact Tracy Salisbury, DNR Regional Urban Forestry Coordinator, PO Box 10448, Green Bay WI 54307-0448, or call 920-662-5450.

Read articles about the forestry grants:


Shoreland Zoning

WSN Issue Chairs: Jim Wise, ECCOLA,
Peter Murray, WI Assn. of Lakes

Article from State Media

Democracy Campaign adds Big Money Blog

The newest feature of the Democracy Campaign's web site is a weblog they're calling the Big Money Blog. It's our latest way to get the word out about what we find when we shine light in dark places. We'll also use it to let visitors know how to get involved in important reform fights. Check it out, bookmark it and check back often.

See Big Money Blog at


Water Regulation

WSN Issue Chair: Derek Scheer, Clean Wisconsin

Articles from State, Regional, National Media




Lakes Awards Winners Lauded For Service: Work, Research `benefit Us All'

A University of Wisconsin researcher, a local construction company and a religious order were named Dane County Waters Champion Award recipients Friday by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission.

Recipients of this year's awards, presented at an evening reception at the Concourse Hotel, were:

Dr. Elena Bennett of the UW, whose research work on phosphorus led to the countywide ban on using phosphorus on lawns.

The Joe Daniels Construction company for its work on the Sugar River restoration project.

The Sisters of Saint BenEdict, who restored a lake on their property on County M and converted 90 acres of the 130-acre property to native prairie.

"The work we did -- restoring native ecosystems and preserving biodiversity -- is earth-tending, a centuries-old Benedictine tradition," said Sister Mary David Walgenbach, prioress of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Madison.

"Earth stewardship includes extending hospitality to creation and the land itself so that all who come here receive the blessings of the earth."

Read the article in The Capital Times

MOSES: Nominations Sought For 2006 “Organic Farmer of the Year” Award

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) has issued a call for nominations for the 2006 “Organic Farmer of the Year” award. This prestigious award has been presented annually since 2003 at the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. More than 1800 people attended the conference this past February. Previous award winners have been vegetable producers Martin and Atina Diffley of Eagan, Minnesota, community supported agriculture pioneers Richard De Wilde and Linda Halley of Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and cash grain and hog producers Carmen and Sally Fernholtz of Madison, Minnesota.

Those that seek to nominate a farmer or farming operation for the award must complete and return the Nomination Application form, available from the MOSES office (715-772-3153) or at The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2005.

For more information Read the article at WisBusiness

Clean Wisconsin Praises Much-Improved Great Lakes Water Responsibility Agreements (Annex)

Clean Wisconsin applauds the June 30 release of two draft agreements designed to limit diversions of water out of the Great Lakes and to prevent environmental damage caused by uncontrolled water use inside the basin.  “The Agreements signal a renewed effort to take responsibility for, and protect our Great Lakes environment and economy,” said Clean Wisconsin Water Policy Director Derek Scheer.  “Of course, as with any compromise between ten jurisdictions, the Agreements still need some fine-tuning.  But after nearly five years’ work, the Great Lakes governors and premiers should be congratulated for taking this important step toward agreements that significantly increase Great Lakes basin water protections,” Scheer said. 

Read Clean Wisconsin's Press Release

Clean Wisconsin: Keith Reopelle Returns

Clean Wisconsin is pleased to announce that Keith Reopelle will be returning to Clean Wisconsin as Program Director effective July 25, 2005. Keith previously worked for Clean Wisconsin for twenty years from 1982 to 2002, when it was known as Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade, where he was campaign director, program director and lobbyist. Keith is a tireless advocate for Wisconsin’s environment. He has represented Clean Wisconsin in numerous energy related proceedings before the Public Service Commission, and in many air, water and habitat rule making proceedings at the DNR. Keith has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology and a master’s degree in environmental communications, both from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

During his years with Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade, Keith played an integral role in numerous successful campaigns that resulted in creation of major environmental laws, some the strongest of their kind in the nation, including the Energy Priorities Law, Mining Moratorium Act, Polluted Runoff Rules, and Power Plant Mercury Emission Rules.

Read the announcement at WisPolitics

Job Announcement: Green Lake Association seeks part-time Executive Director

Seeking self-motivated, environmentally minded individual to oversee association activities & address issues that impact the quality of Big Green Lake and its watershed. Coordinate actions of 2-person staff, direct GLA business affairs, coordinate events, collaborate with local agencies, communicate w/ 650+ members & lake partners, respond to inquiries. Requires proficient writing & public speaking skills, flexible schedule, general business knowledge, enthusiasm. Computer skills a plus. Approx. 80 hrs/mn (some eve & wkends).

Resumes accepted until position filled.

Mail resume & cover letter to Green Lake Association PO Box 364, Green Lake, WI 54941

The GLA is an active, non-profit association working to ensure that Green Lake remains one of the premier lakes in the Midwest.

Read the Job Announcement (PDF)

State to accept Clean Sweep grant proposals

Grant Proposals due in late July

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will be opening up a six-week period this June to receive applications for $710,400 in Wisconsin Clean Sweep grant funds.

All proposal materials will be made available as downloadable documents from its Web site.

Proposals will be due in late July. Wisconsin Clean Sweep is the new program that was approved in late 2004, allowing counties, cities, villages, towns and other units of government to receive grants for the collection of agricultural and household hazardous wastes.

Go to the website for the Wisconsin Clean Sweep Program
Read the article in Green Bay Press Gazette

LoonWatch seeks volunteers for count on July 16

LoonWatch is currently looking for volunteers to survey loon populations on July 16 on the following lakes in Bayfield County: Bullhead, Cisco, Flynn, Island, Porter, Shunenberg, Sixteen and Totagatic.

For more information see:

Volunteers can sign-up by visiting the LoonWatch website at

Fighting Bob Fest IV, 2005
“The Vote At Risk: 40 Years After the Voting Rights Act”


Voters have come to doubt the fairness of our democracy and the accuracy of our voting methods in light of a series of questionable presidential elections and computer-paperless voting. We have an obligation to protect our voting rights.

It’s a long tradition. During “Fighting Bob” La Follette’s term as Governor, Wisconsin became the model of voting reform by becoming the first state in the nation to implement the open primary system for state office. The party bosses were replaced by the people, their hold was effectively broken, and government began working for the people.

Now it’s our turn. Since the Progressive Era, the power of money has eroded La Follette’s many reforms and Wisconsin finds itself, once again, with a reputation of corrupt politics. Fortunately, as they say, our future is still our own!

Join us in Baraboo, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 10, 2005 where we will celebrate the 150 th birthday of Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La Follette. We’ll also welcome the grassroots excitement of The People’s Legislature, and plan a course of action for reform. There will be speakers, music, and an enthusiastic crowd of progressives looking for new ways to improve upon the “experiment in democracy” that is Wisconsin.

Read article about speakers for Fighting Bob Fest IV

Simple Ways Anyone Can Conserve Energy

    • Turn off your lights and other appliances when finished.

    • Always close your refrigerator door.

    • Switch from incandescent to compact fluorescent lights (CFL), which are available at any hardware store and use only a quarter of the energy as incandescent lights for the same price.

    • Replace old appliances, which are less energy efficient.

    • Car pool whenever possible.

    • Drive fuel efficient vehicles.

    • Keep your tires inflated to the appropriate amount. Doing so will increase your mileage.

    • Close your doors when it is too cold or too hot outside.

    • Utilize window blinds or shades to block or let in sunlight as appropriate to help regulate the room temperature.

    • Fix leaking faucets.

    • Install a low-flow shower head to conserve on hot water.

    • Insulate your water heater and exposed water pipes.

From: Energy fair draws wide spectrum of attendees - June 18, 2005 SPJ

Honda Leases First Fuel Cell Vehicle to a Family

A Los Angeles family became the first in the United States to lease a hydrogen-powered car from Honda Motor Co. Ltd. as the company introduces consumers to the zero-emission technology

Read the article at Planet Ark

Native Tribes Harness Renewable Energy Projects

The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making nearly $2.5 million available to 18 Native American tribes to advance the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies on tribal lands.

Read the article at Renewable Energy Access Radical new option for things you don't want... give them away

The temptation to buy buy buy is hard to resist, be it a new outfit, gadget or item of furniture. Now guilty shoppers keen to offload a no-longer-needed purchase have a radical new option... simply giving it away.

Read the article at the BBC
Visit "Changing the world one gift at a time"

Recycling Programs Around The World

BBC correspondents offer snapshots of how countries across the globe are approaching recycling.

Read the article at the BBC

Sustainable Summer Reading

Experts in the SRI (Social Responsibility Investing) and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) arenas offer their recommendations for books to take on vacation this summer.

Read the article at

Introducing "Inclusive Wealth": A New Economic Measure of Sustainability

Inclusive Wealth is a reform of neo-classical economics, using accounting prices (i.e., substitution prices) to put a monetary value on key capital stocks in nature, the manufactured economy, human welfare, and human knowledge. The core idea: manage all those stocks so that they don't decline over time, and you get sustainability.

What exactly is "Inclusive Wealth"? It is an attempt to measure the the change in value over time of all the critical capital stocks in an economic system, at constant prices. Natural resources. Ecosystems. Manufactured capital. Human welfare. Human knowledge. Inclusive Wealth is "inclusive" for two reasons: one, because it tries to include everything that actually matters in economic development (which is a first, even for economics); and two, because it includes the interests of future generations. This is a genuine economics of sustainability.

For the big-name team of economists and ecologists who thought this up, sustainability can be defined this way: the value of your wealth, in all its forms, should not decline over time. The next generation must inherit watersheds that still work, infrastructure that isn't collapsing, a store of knowledge (and healthy people who know the knowledge) that's getting bigger and richer instead of smaller and stupider, and so on. You measure sustainability by figuring out whether all those capital stocks are maintaining or increasing their value, continuously. If they aren't, it's time to change your course ... or perhaps to learn to fiddle, so that you are ready for when Rome starts to burn.

Read the article at WorldChanging


Did you know that, in the 1980s, one of the top two sites considered for nuclear waste storage was
the Wolf River Batholith located along the Wolf River in central and northeast Wisconsin?

Now that there are numerous problems with using Yucca Mountain, the Wolf River Batholith
could once more be a target site for nuclear waste storage.

Many of the people and groups who opposed the proposed Crandon mine, are organizing to
keep the Wolf River Batholith from ever being used to store nuclear waste.

A website for the group (under heavy construction) has been started at
If you would like to receive meeting notices, send information, volunteer or receive information about this important issue, send email to

For more information about the Wolf River Batholith see

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing." Edmund Burke

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