Although they go largely unrecognized and face barriers, Midwestern LGBTQ farmers persist as they reframe the image of the family farm.
Listening to LGBTQ farmers helped me reconsider my place in the heartland
A reporter’s interviews challenged his stereotypes of the rural Midwest.
Climate solutions for Great Lakes grid include better planning, transmission
Advocates say electric grid operators must better prepare for extreme weather and that more transmission lines can help lessen the risk of blackouts.
Scott Walker appointee Fred Prehn resigns from Wisconsin DNR board
A member of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s policy board appointed by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker who refused to step down even after his term ended nearly two years ago said Friday that he was resigning.
Midwest soil is eroding faster than ever. Modern farming could be to blame.
How do researchers know? Stardust.
3M to end manufacture and use of harmful PFAS by 2025
By the end of 2025, 3M will stop making the “forever chemicals” that for decades have bedeviled the environment.
Scientists: Atmospheric carbon might turn Great Lakes more acidic
The Great Lakes have endured a lot the past century, from supersized algae blobs to invasive mussels and bloodsucking sea lamprey that nearly wiped out fish populations. Now, another danger: They — and other big lakes around the world — might be getting more acidic, which could make them less hospitable for some fish and plants.
Invasive black carp now thriving in the Mississippi River basin
The black carp, one of four invasive species of carp in North America, has made it into the Mississippi River basin.
Wisconsin regulators move ahead with groundwater PFAS rules
Wisconsin’s natural resources board on Wednesday voted unanimously to proceed with regulating so-called forever chemicals in the state’s groundwater, 10 months after a plan was scrapped under pressure from the state’s powerful business industry.
Minnesota tries new technologies to remove harmful PFAS from water
In efforts to address long-running ‘forever chemicals,’ the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is trying to suck the chemicals out of groundwater.
A tiny Wisconsin town tried to stop pollution from factory farms. Then it got sued.
Wisconsin’s largest business lobbying group accuses Laketown officials of overstepping in passing an ordinance to limit pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations.
Evers administration seeks OK to start new PFAS regulations in Wisconsin
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration plans to ask state environmental officials again for permission to develop limits on a group of chemicals known as PFAS in Wisconsin groundwater.