Wisconsin's environment is changing faster and more dramatically than anyone expected. But there's another kind of change happening, too. Around the state, there's a growing movement to try and stop the dangerous trends before it's too late. From Clean Wisconsin, this is State of Change, a podcast telling the stories of Wisconsin's rapidly changing environment and the people who are trying to do something about it.
What does the Biden administration mean for climate action in Wisconsin?
With the recent election of President Joe Biden, there is a new focus on strengthening environmental protections and building the momentum to take action on climate change at the federal level. We’re also seeing leadership and opportunities for climate action in Wisconsin.
The vicious cycle of nitrate contamination
Imagine turning on your faucet to get a glass of water or to fill up a pot for dinner but that water is contaminated with dangerously high levels of nitrates. That's the reality for hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites who use groundwater as their drinking water source through private wells or public water systems.
Looking back, looking forward
2020 has been a challenging year as the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge across Wisconsin and the rest of the country. Despite having to transition working from home during these difficult times, Clean Wisconsin has been able to continue its work to protect our environment and public health.
In this episode, we speak with Clean Wisconsin President and CEO Mark Redsten about the organization’s big accomplishments in the past year, as well as priorities for 2021. We also sit down with Clean Wisconsin’s new content manager and producer of State of Change Molly Dove to talk about the exciting episodes planned for the podcast starting in January.
Summaries of Clean Wisconsin’s priorities centered around clean air, clean water, clean energy and climate change
Clean Wisconsin’s staff scientist Paul Matthewson’s research on health and economic impacts of nitrate pollution in Wisconsin Gov. Evers’ Task Force on Climate Change recommendations for legislative action and policies
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A very modest rule, delayed
The ongoing crisis of PFAS pollution in Wisconsin drinking water centers around one primary source: firefighting foams. While some are trying to take aim at tackling this growing crisis, others are standing in the way. We talk with our policy expert, Carly Michiels, about industry efforts to upend emergency rules for 'forever chemical' pollution, and what it could mean for drinking water in public health around the state.
When the waters came
Heavy rain events, which scientists attribute to climate change, can often lead to massive flooding, as they did in Dane County in 2018. We talk with a local official about the personal impacts of this storm that rocked his community, and how local and state government is working to address the climate crisis.
Protecting our H.O.M.E.S.
In this episode of the podcast, we head to nation’s capital to meet up with three of these advocates and learn that human connection may be our best hope of protecting our Great Lakes.
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In-depth, informative and objective
Clean Wisconsin does a fantastic job of examining complex environmental issues affecting the state without resorting to breathless hyperbole or fear mongering. Objective exploration of the facts behind our air quality and drinking water contamination problems presented alongside realistic and reasonable policy solutions. A must-listen podcast if you care about Wisconsin’s air, water and landscapes.
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