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This is pretty great! "[T]he city is building the world’s largest phosphorus recovery facility at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant." Good news for Lake Michigan.
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EPA strengthened it's regulations for residential wood-burning stoves on February 3, 2015 in an effort to reduce air pollution.

Wisconsin legislators have decided that we don't need these regulations and have introduced a bill that would prevent WDNR from promulgating the new standards:

"This bill prohibits [the Wisconsin] DNR from promulgating a rule, or enforcing a federal regulation, that specifies a new source performance standard or other emission standard for residential or commercial wood stoves that is more stringent than any new source performance standard in effect on December 31, 2014."

I don't understand how this is helpful to preserving our environment or promoting the health of Wisconsin residents. 

Information on new EPA standards: http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/final-new-source-performance-standards-residential-wood-heaters
Relating to: regulating air pollution from residential and commercial wood heaters.
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Beautiful phytoplankton blooms.
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From a cloudy day, but beautiful waters from Northern Wisconsin.
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Beautiful. I didn't know that Saturn's northern pole had a hexagon or that it gets it's shape from a jet stream. 
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This could be one way to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species.
The battle to protect Minnesota’s cherished lakes and rivers from ruinous invasive species such as zebra mussels has for years focused on cleaning and inspecting boats
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Politics impacting natural resource management in Wisconsin.
The group of state Department of Natural Resources scientists that Republican lawmakers targeted for cuts has been working on a number of politically charged issues in recent years, including climate change, pollution and mining.
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Heads up to those in Wisconsin dealing with wolves on their property. The Gray Wolf has been relisted as an endangered species by the federal court so lethal removal is no longer legal. Read more at this link:
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It's good to consider the environmental impact of some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes this holiday week. As the nation's top cranberry producer this is especially relevant to Wisconsin.

Loopholes in the Clean Water Act and state exemptions have left cranberry growers with the freedom to discharge potentially nutrient rich and pesticide laden wastewater into nearby waterways and wetlands. This is having a detrimental impact on overall water quality. 
Cranberries embody the very wholesomeness and joy of a holiday spent among family and friends. But the reality of this little red fruit is more insidious.
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There are 117 million lakes in the world! They cover 3.7% of the Earth's surface not capped by glaciers. This is the newest, most accurate count to date from a study just published September 16th. 
With high-resolution satellite data and supercomputers to check every cloudless pixel, researchers now have the best count yet of lakes on Earth.
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Holy crap, SOLAR FREAKIN' ROADWAYS. Watch this video. People who live in areas that get snow, imagine roads that stay warm enough to prevent snow and ice buildup. No more salt rusting out our cars and, even better, no salt polluting our waterways!

I'm freaking/geeking out a little bit. :)
The brilliant minds behind Solar Roadways published a video detailing their world-changing project earlier this month, but its language didn't really grab anyone's attention.
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Algae Meets Breweries: using the CO2 produced during fermentation to grow algae for vegan omega-3 oils.

Please consider donating to this Kickstarter campaign! Their deadline is tonight by 10 pm (CDT) and they're still short of their goal.
We turn waste CO2 from breweries into vegan omega-3 oils with our proprietary algae greenhouse. We are Superior Ecotech & we love beer!
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Science nerd, freshwater protection advocate, avid reader.
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I'm a science nerd and I love to read about new research, mull over interesting ideas, and view nature photography - essentially absorb science media!

I received my Master's degree from my research on the aquatic invasive species Bythotrephes longimanus in an inland lake.

Other interests that may pop up: Books, BBC television (most importantly including, but not limited to, Doctor Who), interesting things I hear on NPR, and random comics I find funny.