Ice is off Madison area lakes

A short season for ice cover on Madison’s lakes. The Wisconsin State Climatology Office has declared lakes Mendota and Monona open, as of Wednesday this week.   Lake Mendota froze over on January 15th, meaning it was only frozen over for 44 days, which is the...

Evers vetoes PFAS cleanup bill

Governor Tony Evers vetoes a “forever chemicals” cleanup bill. The Republican authored bill passed the Legislature on party line votes. In a statement on Tuesday the Democratic governor said he continues to object to a provision that would require the Wisconsin...

Evers expected to veto PFAs bill

Legislation designed to help clean up PFAS chemicals contamination is ready for action by Governor Tony Evers. And the Democratic governor has already signaled that action will be a veto, over concerns that it fails to provide the Wisconsin Department of Natural...

Visibility is key for safe winter cycling

Visibility is critical for safe winter bicycling. That’s especially true for those who commute by bike, according to Anthony Casagrande, Lead Mechanic and Education Instructor for the Wisconsin Bike Federation. “It is required when there is low light or nighttime...

Wisconsinites invited to nominate “invader crusaders”

There’ s an opportunity to recognize “invader crusaders” in Wisconsin. “There are a lot of individuals and organizations out there throughout the state, on the land and water, doing a whole bunch of really good work, trying to get rid of invasive species,”...

Easy does it on the ice, says DNR warden

Even though there’s ice on some lakes and rivers already doesn’t mean it’s safe to walk or drive on it. Department of Natural Resources warden Jacob Holsclaw says no ice is safe ice, and even less so in the early season.  “I always tell people...

Evers & DNR announce federal funding for safe drinking water

Governor Tony Evers’ administration announces more than $406 million in federal funds for safe drinking water in Wisconsin. The funding has been allocated to more than 106 municipalities. Some of the projects getting preliminary approval for funding include more...

Deadline coming soon to get sturgeon permits

You’ve got until Halloween to buy your sturgeon spearing tag for Lake Winnebago. DNR sturgeon biologist Margaret Stadig said they’re expecting some decent chances at a big fish this season. “It really has some of the most deep rich history and it is...

Evers names four new appointees to Natural Resources Board

Governor Tony Evers has named four new appointees to the state Natural Resources Board. The Democratic governor moved quickly on Tuesday, after Republicans in the state Senate rejected four of his appointees to the panel which sets policy for the state Department of...

PFAS bill ready for state Senate vote

Legislation addressing “forever chemicals” is ready for a state Senate vote after passing the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on Wednesday. “It really is focused on helping people get drinking water in both rural areas and in cities, and also inducing people...

DNR asks people not to bait or feed deer

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is again asking people not to bait or feed deer this fall. DNR Deer Herd Health Specialist Erin Larson said doing so can help prevent spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, as deer will congregate. “You have more potential for...

Prepare your deer hunt property ahead of fall season

Now’s the time to get your property ready for the fall deer hunt. While many people focus on simply observing gun safety on the hunt, state deer program specialist Jeff Pritzl says that’s not how most people are injured. “The biggest risk is self injury due to falling...

Eau Claire files lawsuit against PFAS manufacturers

The City of Eau Claire has filed a lawsuit against PFAS manufacturers. PFAS chemicals have been detected on the City Well Fields property and the groundwater the community depends upon for drinking water. Costs for Eau Claire’s PFAS response – which included shutting...