The community digester located near Waunakee is the stateÕs first to process manure from more than one farm. Roughly 100,00 gallons of manure from 2,400 cows on three nearby farms is pumped daily through underground pipes to the digester. Its purpose is to keep phosphorus from polluting the Yahara watershed.

Manure digesters seen as best hope for curbing lake pollution, but drawbacks remain

Since 2001, manure digesters have been popping up across the state. Wisconsin now has 34, the most in the nation, with two more scheduled to begin operating by 2015. In all these digesters, bacteria eat biomass like manure, food scraps or whey and emit energy in the form of methane gas. Continue Reading

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A redbone coonhound used for bear hunting, 2010 photo.

State pays scofflaws over hound deaths

Wisconsin, the only state with a program that compensates the owners of dogs killed by wolves while hunting other animals, has paid tens of thousands of dollars during the past decade to individuals who have violated state hunting or firearms laws. Continue Reading

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Overview: Endocrine disruptors in the environment

Scientists have learned that some chemicals may mimic or disrupt the hormones of people and wildlife, with potentially health-damaging results. They can be natural, like the estrogens produced by plants or cows, or synthetic, like birth control pills. They are known to be widespread in the nation’s waters, and to a lesser extent have turned up in groundwater. Sidebar to story on estrogenic wells in northeastern Wisconsin’s karst region. Continue Reading