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Yahara beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats statewide
 
Yahara beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats statewide

Yahara beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats statewide

Learn About Tableau Murky Waters: Part 1 Today The Capital Times and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism proudly launch “Murky Waters,” a four-part series examining threats to the quality of the Madison area’s spectacular lakes, and ambitious new efforts that seek to improve them. Researchers around the world are watching our lakes in hopes of adapting these [...]

Money & Politics columns

Money & Politics columns

April 22, 2014

Weekly commentary from Bill Lueders, Money & Politics Project director.

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Frac sand mining: Our investigation

Frac sand mining: Our investigation

May 02, 2013

Frac sand mining has surged in Wisconsin in recent years, growing from a handful of sites to more than 110 permitted facilities. This project page is home to all of our coverage, including maps, charts, and other resources.

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Project: Murky Waters

Project: Murky Waters

April 23, 2014

“There are no trends in the lakes. The lake water quality is not getting better. It’s not getting notably worse. It’s as if the interventions we’re doing are just holding the line, running in place like the red queen in Alice in Wonderland.” A four-part collaborative series examining threats to the quality of the Madison area’s spectacular lakes, and ambitious new efforts that seek to improve them.

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Johns Hopkins researchers warn Wisconsinites near large livestock farms of public health, environmental concerns

April 02, 2014

Six leading researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health are warning northeastern Wisconsin rural residents that over-application of manure at intensive livestock operations could cause them a host of health problems and damage the environment.

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Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values

Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values

March 30, 2014

Accessible sand can bring a windfall for some landowners. Others worry that proximity to sand mines is bringing down the value of their homes. And in some communities, a safety net of sorts is emerging.

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Spill response ‘inadequate’ for tar sands crude on Great Lakes

Spill response ‘inadequate’ for tar sands crude on Great Lakes

March 23, 2014

A refinery’s proposal to ship heavy crude oil from Superior across the Great Lakes has emergency responders gearing up to bolster gaps in current oil spill response plans. And the gaps are substantial, experts say.

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New frac sand bill still divides

New frac sand bill still divides

March 03, 2014

A legislative hearing Monday on a revised attempt to limit local governments’ authority to regulate nonmetallic mining, including existing frac sand mines, drew support from mining representatives but opposition from town leaders.

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Gambling has given Ho-Chunk new hope

Gambling has given Ho-Chunk new hope

March 03, 2014

Gambling has provided the tribe’s roughly 7,400 members with jobs, opportunity and income. It has gone to build infrastructure, create programs, and preserve the Ho-Chunk way of life.

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Even while adapting, most Wisconsin farmers are climate skeptics

Even while adapting, most Wisconsin farmers are climate skeptics

March 01, 2014

The upshot: “First thing about climate change: Don’t talk about climate change,” said UW-Madison researcher Paul Mitchell. “Whatever language you need to use to work with your audience — that’s the language you would use.”

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