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Madison tops list of greenest cities

NerdWallet ranked the greenest cities in America in advance of Earth Day 2014 and Madison topped the list.
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Wisconsin beach water ranks 2nd worst in nation

A new report says 14 percent of water samples taken at Wisconsin beaches on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior exceed national health standards. That ranks Wisconsin's beach water second worst in the country. More>>

Fish experts discover cause of carp kills in Dane, Iowa counties

The DNR says a virus likely killed hundreds of carp
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New permit allows faster cleanup of zebra mussels

A new state permit allows owners of waterfront properties to more easily clean up accumulated zebra mussels, dead fish, algae and other deposits. More>>

Experts: Look out for emerald ash borer in trees

As an invasive species is found in neighboring counties, experts are traveling the surrounding area to make sure people are on the lookout. More>>

100 million pounds of e-waste recycled in WI

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State officials say more than 100 million pounds of electronic waste has been collected since the state began an e-waste recycling program three years ago. More>>

Gogebic Taconite applies for mining permit

A Florida-based company started the process to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin. More>>

WI wants to increase plastics recycling

The state wants to increase plastics recycling and needs input from the public. More>>

WI DNR urges spring cleaners to recycle e-waste

Wisconsin environmental officials want people to recycle used electronics rather than just tossing them in the trash during spring cleaning. More>>

Gaylord Nelson's son talks about his father on Earth Day

Monday is Earth Day, and the very first one, back in 1970, is credited with starting the modern environmental movement. More>>

Man-made chemical found in trace amounts in Madison water supply

The City of Madison Water Utility is testing the city's water supply after a probable carcinogen was found in four of the city's wells. More>>

DNR to stock 330k trout before fishing opener

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State Department of Natural Resources officials say they hope to add nearly 330,000 trout to Wisconsin waters before the inland fishing season opener next month. More>>

DNR seeks comments on NE WI land plans

The state Department of Natural Resources is planning an open house in March to get feedback on preliminary plans for a number of northeastern Wisconsin wildlife and fisheries areas. More>>

WI DNR names new lead sturgeon expert

State wildlife officials have a new lead sturgeon expert. More>>

WI DNR wants comment on power line project

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is taking public comment on a plan to rebuild a portion of transmission line along a state trail. More>>

WI DNR wants board to reduce bear harvest quota

State wildlife officials want to scale back the number of bears hunters can kill this year. More>>

Midwest leaders attend gun summit in MN

Mayors, police chiefs and prosecutors from around the upper Midwest are meeting in Minneapolis to talk about gun violence -- and how they can work together to prevent it. More>>

Wisconsin Purple Heart veterans to get special pass

Wisconsin veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart will soon get free admission to some popular Milwaukee County venues. More>>

MN town approves permit to process WI sand

Wabasha's planning commission has unanimously approved a permit for a permanent facility to process Wisconsin sand. More>>

Neenah to convert former firing range to new park

The city of Neenah has agreed to remove lead bullets from a former firing range, clearing the way for the land to become a public park. More>>

Repayment of child care subsidy funds is slow

Wisconsin is trying to recover over $8 million from roughly 300 child care providers shut down for cheating the taxpayer-subsidized Wisconsin Shares program. More>>

Free NYE bus service in Milwaukee, Waukesha area

There will be free bus service in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties again this year on New Year's Eve. More>>

New Year gas prices could set all-time record high

Average retail gasoline prices in Madison have fallen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.16/g Sunday. More>>

Dane County opens news recycling center

Dane County officially opened its new recycling center Thursday. More>>

Greendale Historic District is national landmark

The U.S. Interior Department has designated the Greendale Historic Districta a new national historic landmark in Wisconsin. More>>

Wisconsin historical sites' revenue, attendance is up

Overall attendance and revenue is up at the Wisconsin Historical Society's 11 sites and museums in the state. More>>

Results in for 2014 DNR Spring Hearing

More than 7,000 people cast votes Monday night at the annual hearings held across the state.
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WI DNR to ask board to okay new falconry rules

The state Natural Resources Board is set to adopt new falconry rules. More>>

Drought looks to be easing in southern Wisconsin

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows conditions improving in local counties More>>

Growers struggle with Door Co. cherry crop

Door County ranks among the country's top cherry producers, but this year's crop could be the pits. More>>

Union Cab running on solar power

A Madison company will run its business by harnessing the power of the sun. More>>

Earth Day at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve

Organizers believe their event provides a great opportunity to teach kids about our environment More>>

Aldo Leopold Nature Center marks Earth Day

The grand opening weekend celebration continued Sunday for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona. More>>

Aldo Leopold Nature Center grand opening

This Earth Day weekend, The Aldo Leopold Nature Center will unveil its new interactive exhibits at a grand opening celebration on Saturday afternoon. More>>

Our Wisconsin: Earth Day

The 42nd Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.
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Our Wisconsin: Gaylord Nelson

Gaylord Nelson grew up outside, like a lot of Wisconsin kids. But his upbringing had a unique effect and created America's first environmentalist politician. More>>

UW gets involved in Aldo Leopold Nature Center expansion

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center teamed up with UW on its expansion that is set to open Saturday. More>>

Our Wisconsin: Aldo Leopold

A look at how Wisconsin inspired the great conservationist, Aldo Leopold. More>>

"Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work"

As part of Earth Week we brought in Curt Meine from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center to discuss Leopold's historical impact locally and nationally. More>>

Our Wisconsin: John Muir

Naturalist John Muir was among the noted environmentalists to be inspired by his life in Wisconsin. More>>

Columbia Energy air pollution project under way

A project that will reduce air pollution at one of the state's largest coal-fired power plants is under way in Columbia County. More>>

Our Wisconsin: Environmentalists

The roots of the nation's, the world's, environmental movement run deep through Wisconsin. More>>

DNR tags 240-pound sturgeon

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has tagged the largest sturgeon in Wisconsin history. More>>

Free phone app available for Wis. forest users

A free application for iPhone, iPad and iPod users is now available to provide trail locations, maps and other information about the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in far northeastern Wisconsin. More>>

Earth Day 2011

Earth Day is this Friday. You can join others throughout the world to celebrate Mother Earth.  Here in Madison, you can go to Forest Products Laboratory, for fun and education. More>>

DNR wants phosphorus rules delayed

Governor Walker wanted to scale back the rules in his original budget. More>>

WI, MN fight against gypsy moths

Agricultural officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin are preparing their largest "air war" ever to protect forests from gypsy moths. More>>

Bison no longer considered endangered

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Bison are no longer recognized as an endangered species by the Fish and Wildlife Service due to insufficient data. More>>

Report: Gulf oil spill was deadly time for turtles

A new report finds that more sea turtles were killed or injured in the Gulf of Mexico in the months following the BP oil spill than in any similar period during the past 20 years. More>>

Should shooting problem cougars be legal?

Wisconsin residents will get a chance to sound off on whether they should be allowed to shoot problem cougars. More>>

Submerged trees help WI lakes

Work begins this month on the D-N-R's new project, "Fish Sticks." Trees are being added to the lakes to help create habits and help prevent erosion. More>>

Van Hollen appeals Asian carp injunction decision

The battle to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes is headed back to court. More>>

UPDATE: White House releases Asian carp strategy

The plan builds on an unprecedented federal plan established in February 2010 which prevents the invasive species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes. More>>

Govt sues BP, other companies in Gulf oil spill

The Justice Department has sued BP Exploration and Production Inc. and eight other companies in the Gulf oil spill disaster in an effort to recover billions of dollars from the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. More>>

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