Lake Michigan up; crime flat in states with legal pot; central WI homeowners fear water contamination from manure; regulators warn of Superior natural gas plant
Of note: This week we highlight a story by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The story explores whether the record-high water levels in recent years in Lake Michigan — blamed for eroding backyards, sinking docks and shrinking beaches — are the new normal for the Great Lakes. The answer from scientists: Lake levels are complicated and hard to predict, especially over the long term.
Access to some stories listed in the Wisconsin Weekly roundup may be limited to subscribers of the news organizations that produced them. We urge our readers to consider supporting these important news outlets by subscribing.
Thanks for reading!
To have the free Wisconsin Weekly newsletter (as well as story alerts and news about the Center) delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here! You can change your preferences at any time
Lake Michigan reached record high levels this summer. Is climate change the cause?
Green Bay Press Gazette — October 7, 2019
When Hal Wilson moved to Baileys Harbor in 2001, he could walk across a “bone-dry causeway” to reach Cana Island, a favorite tourist spot topped with a historic lighthouse. Several years ago, as Lake Michigan’s waters rose, the Door County Maritime Museum, which owns and operates Cana Island, added a tractor that pulled a trailer for visitors to reach the lighthouse without getting their feet wet. This summer, water often covered the causeway; it was impassable even for the tractor for 30 days this summer.
Does legalizing pot increase crime? Not in Washington or Colorado
The Crime Report — October 8, 2019
Legalizing marijuana for recreational use has had no significant impact on serious crime rates in Colorado or Washington, according to a new study. Although researchers at Washington State University, Stockton University and the University of Utah found an initial but short-lived uptick in some crime categories, the overall serious crime rate in both states was unaffected over the period, the researchers concluded. Previously from Wisconsin Watch: Pitfalls and promises: States with legalized marijuana see mixed picture
State regulators: Proposed Superior natural gas plant would have negative effects on groundwater
Wisconsin Public Radio — October 4, 2019
Wisconsin regulators say a proposed $700 million natural gas power plant in Superior would have significant negative effects on groundwater quantity at its preferred site on the Nemadji River. A subsidiary of Minnesota Power and La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative are planning to build the 625-megawatt Nemadji Trail Energy Center in Superior. The Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently released a final environmental impact statement for the power plant.
This Wisconsin town is desperately fighting for its drinking water
HuffPost — October 8, 2019
The day the mailer fell onto the Carrells’ doormat was the start of an epic battle — one that is still ongoing and has pitched the tiny community of Saratoga, Wisconsin, terrified of losing its pristine drinking water, against a big agricultural company determined to build another mega-diary. Saratoga citizens’ fight against Golden Sands represents a battle for clean water across the region. “I’ve given up a lot of my life because of this fight,” Carrell told HuffPost over the phone in late January. She admitted she was exhausted. The fight was almost at its seven-year mark, and she still couldn’t see the finish line.
The nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (www.WisconsinWatch.org) collaborates with Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, other news media and the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. All works created, published, posted or disseminated by the Center do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of UW-Madison or any of its affiliates.