Health & Welfare

All about algal blooms

Project: Murky Waters
The Capital Times and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism collaborated on this four-part series to examine 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 lessons to troubled bodies of [...]

Lake experiments explore roles of fish, computers, alum and more

Project: Murky Waters
The Capital Times and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism collaborated on this four-part series to examine 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 lessons to troubled bodies of [...]

Project: Murky Waters
Project: Murky Waters

“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.

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

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.

Sex offender awaits second chance
Sex offender awaits second chance

Eric, 39, has been locked up for more than half his life. He finished his criminal sentence and was committed to the state as a sexually violent person in 2002. He has been confined more than twice as long as his original sentence and is now held for the future risk he poses, not for past crimes.

Inside the walls of Sand Ridge: ‘We have a huge challenge here’
Inside the walls of Sand Ridge: ‘We have a huge challenge here’

From the outside, Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center looks like a maximum security prison. Inside, more than 300 men live there, committed there by juries and judges throughout the state as “sexually violent persons.” The challenge, for staff, is to treat and reintegrate them into communities.

Project: Rethinking Sex Offenders
Project: Rethinking Sex Offenders

Stories, photos, audio and data from a three-day series examining Wisconsin’s changing methods of dealing with sexually violent persons.

Wisconsin freeing more sex offenders from mental lockup
Wisconsin freeing more sex offenders from mental lockup

Wisconsin officials have nearly quadrupled the number of offenders released from state custody after they were committed as sexually violent persons. The risks to residents are reasonable, officials say, because the state’s treatment programs are working and new data suggest these offenders are less likely to reoffend than previously thought.

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