Evers demands action on Wisconsin’s drinking water crisis


Democratic candidate for Governor Tony Evers today announced a new digital video highlighting Wisconsin’s growing drinking water crisis in addition to releasing a series of policies proposed to keep Wisconsin’s kids safe from lead. > Urban Milwaukee

Judge allows challenge to DNR settlement on factory farm rules


A Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge is allowing several environmental groups to challenge a settlement between the state Department of Natural Resources and the Dairy Business Association. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Racine’s bid to use Lake Michigan water for Foxconn comes under fire


In order to get water to Foxconn, the Racine Water Utility hopes to pipe Lake Michigan water from the Great Lakes basin across Racine County. While advocates of bringing Foxconn to Mount Pleasant stood behind that water plan, people in the crowd at the public hearing Wednesday remained unconvinced. > Milwaukee Public Radio

DNR challenges court decision to revoke high-capacity well permits


A court order to revoke eight high-capacity well permits, based on a suit by Clean Wisconsin, is being appealed by the DNR. Clean Wisconsin claimed the DNR is constitutionally responsible to evaluate the impacts of high capacity wells on the nearby waterways because the wells lower water levels of streams and lakes. > The Pointer

Politicized Wisconsin DNR erasing rare wetlands, retired experts say


Retired Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources experts are raising alarms about what they say are unusually bold signs of political influence in the agency that are threatening to allow businesses to destroy wide swaths of rare and valuable wetlands. > Wisconsin State Journal

Conservation groups oppose Foxconn’s Great Lakes plan


Gov. Scott Walker is proposing Racine be allowed to divert 7 million gallons of Lake Michigan water every day to supply Foxconn’s manufacturing process. Conservation groups oppose the plan saying it undercuts the state’s environmental protection laws and degrades or even jeopardizes the multi-state Great Lakes compact. > Public News Service

Chicago water district: ‘Say no’ to Wisconsin’s pushy Lake Michigan grab for Foxconn


The Great Lakes states abide by a compact to prohibit the diversion of water outside of the Great Lakes Basin. Wisconsin’s request for drinking water for Waukesha was one granted exception, but the state request for a Foxconn exception sets a bad precedent and would weaken the compact. > Chicago Sun Times