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Report | Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center

Wisconsin's Lakes at Risk: The Growing Threat of Pollution from Agriculture and Development

Executive Summary

Runoff pollution from farms and urban areas threatens water quality in waterbodies across Wisconsin. Bacteria at beaches, toxic algae in lakes, and sediment in streams can make the water unsafe for drinking, swimming and boating, and limit aquatic plant and animal life.

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News Release | Wisconsin Environment

President Obama Highlights Renewable Energy as a Bright Spot in Wisconsin's Economy

MADISON: President Obama travels to Manitowoc on Wednesday to visit Orion Energy Systems as part of his Main Street tour. Ahead of the visit, Orion announced that they expect to increase their operating revenue by 54% in the third quarter compared to the same time period last year.

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Report | Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center

Global Warming and Extreme Weather: The Science, the Forecast, and the Impacts on America

Patterns of extreme weather are changing in the United States, and climate science predicts that further changes are in store. Extreme weather events lead to billions of dollars in economic damage and loss of life each year. Scientists project that global warming could affect the frequency, timing, location and severity of many types of extreme weather events in the decades to come. 

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News Release | Wisconsin Environment

401 Beach closings at Wisconsin beaches

MADISON – This summer, as Wisconsinites head to their favorite beaches across the state, Wisconsin Environment reported there were 401 beach closings and advisories at Lake Michigan and Lake Superior beaches due to pollution in 2009, a drop from the previous year according to the Natural Resource Defense Council’s 20th annual beach water quality report.

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News Release | Wisconsin Environment

Wisconsin is "Ready to Shine" With Solar Energy

MILWAUKEE - Today in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Environment was joined by local business and labor leaders to release a new report outlining Wisconsin’s solar potential. Citing the report’s findings, the speakers called for passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act to boost Wisconsin’s solar industry. The event was held at the residence of a local homeowner who recently added solar panels to meet on-site electric and hot water needs.

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