Invasive Asian carp found close to Lake Michigan


Despite electric barriers in Illinois waterways to contain the invasive fish, a commercial fishermen caught an Asian carp 9 miles from Lake Michigan Thursday. Rep. Sean Duffy and Sen. Tammy Baldwin are among lawmakers calling for the release of a delayed Army Corps study that outlines options for preventing the spread of Asian carp. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Environmental groups sue DNR over Monroe County frac sand permits


Midwest Environmental Advocates and Clean Wisconsin have challenged the Wisconsin DNR’s approval of a Monroe County frac sand operation, saying it would be the largest single destruction of wetlands in the state for an industrial frac sand project. > La Crosse Tribune

Grothman doubts Great Lakes funding will be zeroed out


Trump wants to shut down the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which currently receives federal funding worth $300 million a year. But U.S. Rep. Glen Grothman said: “I think a lot of it is going to be restored. I’d be shocked if most of it wasn’t restored.” > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker will sign bill limiting state agency rulemaking power


Gov. Walker’s expects to sign a bill giving a state legislative panel the power to block proposed environmental and other rules put forth by state agencies. Under the bill, state agencies could not impose rules projected to cost businesses or local governments more than $10 million without lawmaker and the governor approval. > Wisconsin State Journal

Huff Post: Wisconsin shows us what a future with hobbled EPA could look like


With it looking like rural Kewaunee County’s enormous cow population is polluting private wells, residents are eager to solve a problem that’s been with them for years. The fact that they’re still waiting may warn about what’s to come if an already underfunded EPA gets hit with budget cuts from a hostile president. > HuffPost

Annual report card released on state’s economic, environmental and social sustainability

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Believing “what gets measured gets managed”, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has released its annual State of Wisconsin Sustainability Report, which measures our economic, environmental and social performance in areas such as employment, business startups, electricity rates, solar installations, rate of stroke, percent of water with high lead levels, and many other measurable. > Press release

Supreme Court votes 4-3 to deny frac sand mining permit


The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed two lower court rulings against a company that argued it deserves a permit to mine frac sand in Trempealeau County. The fractured 4-3 decision has no true majority; four justices agreed on the conclusion, but for different reasons. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel