Clean Wisconsin Defender, Spring 2014

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THE GOOD

Local control for frac sand mines retained

Two separate bills failed to be adopted this session to strip away local control over frac sand mines. Both efforts were led by Senator Tom Tiffany, also the author of the bad iron mining bill (see “Ugly” below), but this time, his bills quickly fizzled after immense outcry. In addition, the budget bill also added two new positions at DNR to monitor frac sand mining operations.

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The legislative session that began in January 2013 has just ended, and legislators will now turn their attention to re-elections and preparing bills for the next session that begins in January 2015. Here’s a look back at the actions that helped — or hurt — our natural resources.

Attempts to rollback groundwater protections failed

Rather than discussing how we can add more groundwater protections into our state laws due to dried-up lakes, rivers and streams, the Legislature instead debated SB 302, to rollback some the few protections that do exist. Fortunately, thanks to a huge effort this bill was not voted on by either the Senate or Assembly. In the 10 years since the last groundwater protection bill was enacted, the problems due to overpumping of groundwater have only gotten worse. There are 40% more high-capacity well applications in Wisconsin than just a couple years ago, and the trend does not seem to be slowing. Yet SB 302 sought to limit restrictions that could be placed on these large wells, and even went as far as to essentially undo an important Wisconsin State Supreme Court case that established DNR’s duty to protect our groundwater resources under the constitutional Public Trust Doctrine. While we were able to stop the bill this session, this issue will certainly be at the forefront of discussions about environmental policy for next session.

By Emily Jones, Water Quality Specialist & Amber Meyer Smith, Director of Programs & Government Relations

THE BAD No progress on renewable energy, energy efficiency

Several bills were introduced this session that would have increased Wisconsin’s commitment to renewable energy, but were not acted on by the legislature. Luckily, the Legislature also refused to move on other bills that would have rolled back our Renewable Energy Portfolio. Our work is stopping egregious policies from passing, but Wisconsin is quickly being left in the dust by other states that have chosen to prioritize a clean energy future. A Clean Energy Choice bill (LRB 4412) was introduced that would have allowed developers to own a renewable energy system on a home, business or farm and sell the energy continued on page 3

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WATERED DOWN

NEW PHOSPHORUS BILL DILUTES WATER CLEAN-UP EFFORTS By Clean Wisconsin Staff By Clean Wisconsin Staff

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A top Clean Wisconsin priority is reducing polluted runoff, which leads to ugly algae blooms in our waters. Since the passage of rules to limit phosphorus in Wisconsin’s waters in 2010, we’ve been working statewide to bring local partners together around collaborative water improvement efforts. The legislature seemed to be supporting the phosphorus rule, too. Two good bills, Act 7 and Act 70, passed that would have made the rules easier to work through and supported communities weighing the most cost-effective options for phosphorus control. Meanwhile, multiple communities in Wisconsin have started laying groundwork for phosphorus reduction projects. But in January, SB 547/AB 680, a bill that threatened to pull the rug out from the phosphorus rule, was introduced. Currently awaiting the Governor’s signature, this bill creates a new option for phosphorus dischargers (such as sewage treatment plants and paper mills) to meet lower limits by paying counties to engage sources of polluted runoff (such as farms and urban surfaces) in reductions. As originally introduced, the bill continued on page 3

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News, Notes

Events

Share your story with Clean Wisconsin

Because we can’t advocate for Wisconsin’s environment without you, we want to know why you care enough to support us with your hard-earned money. Did you learn your conservation ethic from your grandparents? Do you take a daily hike through the woods near your house? Are you worried about the impacts of climate change? We want to learn about the places you love in Wisconsin, why they’re worth protecting, and why you support us. To share your story, contact Jake at 608-251-7020 x23 or jimmel@cleanwisconsin.org or submit it at www. cleanwisconsin.org/tellyourstory. Thank you again for supporting our work!

April brings Earth Day & Pledge Month

Let’s build a cleaner, healthier Wisconsin together! In honor of Earth Day and Clean Wisconsin’s 44th birthday, all donors will get the following gift(s) with their donation in April: $60 gift Clean Wisconsin water bottle $150 gift Clean Wisconsin messenger bag $1,000 gift Clean Wisconsin water bottle, messenger bag and two (2) tickets to

our gala event, Epicurean Evening, in October. SEE BACK PAGE FOR DETAILS

April is also Pledge Month, and we want 100 new donors to join the Clean Wisconsin ranks! Help us achieve this goal by spreading the word.

Give today at www.cleanwisconsin.org/earthday2014

Be part of our inaugural gala event!

Join the growing list of businesses sponsoring our inaugural gala event, Epicurean Evening, to be held October 8 at Madison’s The Edgewater Hotel! We have three sponsorship packages available, and we are seeking items for our silent auction. Visit www.cleanwisconsin.org/epicureanevening or contact Jake at jimmel@cleanwisconsin.org or Angela at acao@cleanwisconsin.org.

Join us the third Tuesday of each month, May through September, as we ride around Madison. NEW this year, we’ll have fun activites and special events during every ride. Are you on the list? Sign up at www.cleanwisconsin.org/ride.

Thanks to our 2013 #whereinwi volunteer photographers

Hats off to Wesley Adams, Joel Austin, Wendy Murkve, Dawn Sabin and Nichole Sadowski for their work. And be sure to check out our #whereinwi photo contest on Facebook most Fridays!

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Saturday, April 19

With adventurer Jon Turk, author of The Raven’s Nest Lussier Family Heritage Center 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison Come for our first-ever member appreciation picnic, then stay to hear great stories from Jon Turk, author of North America’s first environmental science textbook who left academia to explore remote parts of the world. Join us as this adventurer shares stories from his journeys and how he’s seen the effects of climate change firsthand. Picnic starts at 11 a.m. and will be catered by Underground Kitchen, with an appearance by Chef Jonny Hunter. Jon Turk begins his talk at 1 p.m. This event is free to members, but space is limited. RSVP to jimmel@cleanwisconsin.org or call 608-251-7020 x23

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Chief Financial Officer Nick Curran, CPA Communications Director David Hunt Membership & Development Coordinator Jake Immel Organizing Hub Coordinator Melissa Gavin Water Quality Specialist Emily Jones Director of Programs & Government Relations Amber Meyer Smith Water Resources Specialist Ezra Meyer

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BOARD Chair Margi Kindig, Madison Vice Chair Chuck McGinnis, Middleton Treasurer Gof Thomson, New Glarus Secretary Gary Goyke, Madison Belle Bergner, Milwaukee Shari Eggleson, Washburn Luke Fairborn, Whitefish Bay Elizabeth Feder, Madison Scott Froehlke, Montello Karen Knetter, Madison Carl Sinderbrand, Madison Bruce Wunnicke, Richland Center Board Emeritus Kate Gordon, San Francisco

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Good, Bad, Ugly continued from cover

back to that host without being regulated as a utility. The Renewable Energy Act was similarly introduced but not acted on which would have increased Wisconsin’s renewable energy portfolio and placed an emphasis on bioenergy and increasing renewable energy opportunities for businesses, farmers and homeowners. Efforts to improve energy efficiency through Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program also stalled out. While no progress was made in these areas, we were also able to stave off some terrible policies that would have put Wisconsin at the absolute bottom of the pack in terms of clean energy. The assault on wind energy continued through a few bills (AB 83/SB 71, SB 167) that didn’t make it very far through the legislative process, and other bills sought to freeze or alter Wisconsin’s current commitment of generating 10% of our energy through renewables by 2015 (AB 34, SB 47). Luckily, these threats to our clean energy future got little attention and did not advance.

THE UGLY

Iron mining laws decimated

Viewed by many as one of the worst environmental bills of this session, if not of recent memory, AB 1/SB 1 is the new law written by and for Gogebic Taconite to come to Wisconsin and mine the beautiful Penokee Hills and pristine Bad River watershed with as little regulation as they can. While we all succeeded in stopping this terrible bill in 2012, they plowed ahead as soon as the Legislature resumed in 2013 to ram this bill through. While a mine is still years from becoming a reality (if ever), our predictions about this bill are already coming true. The Army Corps of Engineers has already told the DNR that the Corps will have to do a separate review process because of Wisconsin’s new arbitrary time limits. Clean Wisconsin remains engaged in the application process and in pushing for protection of our natural resources.

Citizen rights to challenge high-capacity wells prohibited

In the waning hours of the evening, a provision was added to the 2013 budget bill that prevents neighbors from challenging a high capacity well permit if the objection is raised over concerns about the wells’ cumulative impacts. The cumulative impacts of these large wells are of great ecological concern and limiting people’s legal rights is definitely a step in the wrong direction to protect our waterways from over-pumping.

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund funding slashed

The biennial budget bill cut funding for this land preservation program by 20%, required DNR to sell 10,000 acres of land it already owns and put numerous restrictions on how future land purchases can be made. The cuts will have a crippling effect on the state’s efforts to protect land for future generations, especially since the program funding was just slashed by 30% in 2011.

Wondering about a bill not listed here? Visit our website for a full recap of environmental bills in the 2013-’14 legislative session.

Phosphorus Rule continued from cover lacked any accountability for actual phosphorus reductions, set arbitrary thresholds for water quality limits and payments, and delayed cleanup efforts by at least a decade. Worst of all, it would have greatly undermined the work Clean Wisconsin and others have done in creating the adaptive management option (AMO) of the phosphorus rule, which allows dischargers to work with agriculture to achieve the greatest and least expensive phosphorus reductions. We remain committed to AMO and helping communities build these innovative partnerships. Since the overall concept of the bill was good, offering dischargers another way to work with agriculture to have the biggest overall impact on waterway cleanup, we set about trying to make improvements to get a product that doesn’t undermine adaptive management option. With your help, we were a leading presence at Assembly and Senate hearings, and suggested changes based on our long history with the phosphorus rule. And our voices were heard — sort of. The final version includes some important changes, including

from the Executive Director Through the past 44 years, Clean Wisconsin has been fortunate to work with countless concerned citizens to protect our natural resources and the many places that make Wisconsin great. In 2013 alone, Clean Wisconsin members drove 35,000 messages to Wisconsin legislators and decisionmakers. That speaks volumes about your passion, even in a politically Mark Redsten divisive and challenging legislative Executive Director session. There is true strength in our numbers, as we helped derail truly terrible bills that could have diluted groundwater protections and left Wisconsin communities virtually helpless against the frac sand industry. With the end of the legislative session, it’s a great time to take stock of accomplishments and look forward to those issues that require continued vigilance. As you’ll read in this issue of Defender, there remain specific and ongoing environmental threats such as keeping invasive species like Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes, phosphorus pollution from industrial and agricultural dischargers out of our state’s waterways and more. Clean Wisconsin shares a birthday with Earth Day. That’s both an honor as well as a great reminder of who we are, why we are here and the importance of what we do. We know we have to fight hard every day. That often means long days and weekend hours during big battles like we saw this legislative session, but it also means a vigilant, long-term fight for clean air and clean water. This is why Clean Wisconsin is in the process of expanding our legal and science programs while becoming more active in areas outside of Madison. These strategic moves are built around the idea that our growth is crucial as we continue to face greater challenges to Wisconsin’s environmental protections and programs. Your voices and your generous investments of time, money and energy have forged a solid foundation for all of these efforts and many more. We’re proud to look back to 44 years ago when Clean Wisconsin was founded on Earth Day 1970, as we move forward to protect Wisconsin for future generations.

Thank you,

Above all, the goal is cleaning up our waters. Clean Wisconsin believes the adaptive management option is the best way to get there and will continue to work toward that goal. setting clearer accountability measures for measuring progress on phosphorus cleanup, regular review by DNR, and water quality thresholds based on science. Unfortunately, the bill still delays ultimate waterway cleanup and could still undercut efforts communities have already undertaken on adaptive management. The good news is there is a long way before this new option becomes available. The EPA must review the bill and may approve it based on public input and if the bills’ provisions comply with the Clean Water Act. Clean Wisconsin will be closely monitoring this process, weighing in on it and alerting members to take action. Above all, the goal is cleaning up our waters. Clean Wisconsin believes AMO, with its focus on meeting water quality standards, is the best way to get there and will continue to work toward that goal. In the face of these unknowns, Clean Wisconsin is closely monitoring this bill through its next steps, including the EPA’s response and the public comment period on a state study. Meanwhile, we continue to work to advance the AMO in watersheds facing phosphorus impairment due to polluted runoff.

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Under the Lens

BREAK DOWN the burgeoning problem of microplastics — itty-bitty plastic pieces in our water

By Tyson Cook, Staff Scientist Pre-production plastic pellets, or “nurdles,” are used in the manufacturing of the plastic products and can easily enter the environment. PHOTO: Flickr/NOAA Marine Debris Program

While plastic has been a water pollution concern in for awhile, it is only recently that researchers have started to take a hard look at problem of “microplastics” in inland waters. And when they looked, they found them to be widespread throughout the Great Lakes. So just what are microplastics, and what they do? Microplastics are tiny particles of plastic that range in size from 5 millimeters on the large end (about the size of a pencil eraser) to micrometers (less than the width of a human hair). They enter the environment in a variety of ways, like through the gradual breakdown of plastic-containing litter like bottles or bags into smaller and smaller sizes. Additionally, there are some products that are specifically designed as microplastics, like plastic “microbeads” used in cosmetics and cleaning products. These products get washed right down the drain, and are difficult to remove from the water by sanitation systems because of their buoyancy and resistance to coagulation (a process where particles are made to clump together, so they can be settled out of the wastewater stream). Since microplastics aren’t biodegradable, once they get into the environment they stick around for a long time. This means that there are many opportunities for them to be taken in by aquatic organisms, and researchers have found them in everything from tiny invertebrates to large fish. More research is still needed on how these microplastics end up impacting the organisms that ingest them, but it is clear that they have the potential to disrupt digestive systems, and decreasing feeding by taking up space in those digestive systems. There are also potential chemical impacts from microplastics, which may be an even larger concern. For example, most plastics contain additives, like BPA, to give them certain properties. If these additives leach out of ingested microplastics, they could cause significant impacts for individual organisms or even their offspring. Additionally, microplastics may act as a pathway for toxic chemicals to be concentrated from the water and enter into the foodweb. This is because microplastics can act as sponges for persistent organic pollutants (like pesticides and PCBs) or other chemical pollutants in the water. When the microplastics are then eaten or otherwise taken in by aquatic organisms, those pollutants may then be released into the organisms. This becomes an even larger concern with pollutants that accumulate in the organisms and then “biomagnify” up to much higher concentrations as animals higher up the food chain eat lots of contaminated organisms that are lower down. Fortunately, some (but not all) major cosmetics companies have agreed to eventually phase out microbeads. Until then, here’s how you can help keep them out of the environment: Follow the three Rs: Reduce your plastic use, reuse plastic products when possible, and be sure to recycle them when you’re done. Don’t buy them: Avoid using products that contain plastic microbeads; pay particular attention to face and body washes or scrubs, toothpastes and hand soaps. Check the ingredients: Avoid “polyethylene” or “polypropylene, even in products that don’t explicitly state that they contain exfoliants. Go natural: Opt for products that contain natural ingredients, such as oatmeal, sea salt, sugar, fruit pits or pumice.

Legislative Leader Profile Few legislators appreciate Wisconsin’s natural resources as deeply as Senator Bob Jauch. Perhaps that’s because his district in Northwestern Wisconsin has such a rich heritage of preserving and protecting the lakes, rivers, great northern forests and wetlands of the area. Whether making an impassioned speech on the Senate floor or taking beautiful photographs of the North Country, it’s clear that Jauch sees Wisconsin through the same conservation lens as Aldo Leopold and Gaylord Nelson. Jauch has made his mark on nearly every major state environmental policy enacted in the last 30 years. From acid rain laws in the ‘80s, Wisconsin’s first comprehensive recycling law in 1990, childhood lead prevention laws in 1994, through the Great Lakes Compact in 2008, Jauch has been a strong voice for responsible environmental protections. Most recently, Jauch led the fight against the new open-pit mining laws passed in 2013 that leave our beloved Northwoods exposed to irreversible pollution. While the bill was signed into law, the issues raised by Jauch helped educate the public about the deeply flawed bill and the impact it would have on Northern Wisconsin. “I truly believe, as Gaylord Nelson did, that the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around. Our natural resources are simply too valuable to be handed over to private industry without public oversight.” The 25th Senate District is geographically the largest district in the Legislature, including Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Price and Washburn counties and parts of Burnett, Dunn, Polk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Vilas counties. Jauch served in the military, including tours in Vietnam and Japan, eventually making a home in northern Wisconsin with his wife and two children. Because of his environmental leadership, Jauch received several “Clean 16” awards from Clean Wisconsin’s predecessor organization. While he is equally as passionate about children’s health and educational issues, the beauty of his Northwoods district and the passion his constituents have to protect it may best define his legislative legacy. “The citizens of Northern Wisconsin live where they do because they love the land, they value it. They are the embodiment of the land ethic that has defined our state for so long and it has been an honor to represent them and their passion for Northern Wisconsin in the legislature for 32 years.” Jauch plans to spend his retirement years enjoying his family and honing his photography skills, a hobby that has become a passion because of the beauty of his district. Clean Wisconsin even featured some of his photography in the “Beautiful Imagery, Powerful Voices” reception to show images of the potential site of the Penokee mine. Clean Wisconsin thanks Sen. Jauch for his years of service in the Legislature. We’ve been lucky to have his articulate, passionate leadership for clean air and clean water over the years, and his voice will be missed in the Capitol. 4

Sen. Bob Jauch 25th Senate District D-Poplar

office phone: 608-266-3510 sen.jauch@legis.wi.gov

ABOVE PHOTO: Sen. Jauch contributed his personal photography to Clean Wisconsin’s “Beautiful Imagery, Powerful Voice” reception in February 2013.

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Application for natural gas pipeline fails to comply with law, consider impacts to environment By Katie Nekola, General Counsel

Clean Wisconsin is intervening in a case at the PSC involving a proposed 75-mile-long natural gas pipeline between Tomah and Eau Claire to support future development of industrial (frac) sand processing facilities here. We have won two discovery disputes and submitted comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), pointing out that it’s inadequate and fails to comply with the law, and submitted expert testimony. According to Wisconsin Gas, the sand mining industry needs more natural gas for drying the sand before shipping it to states where it is used for fracking natural gas. It also estimates that if built, the equivalent of five large sand processing operations are likely to develop over the first six years of operation, with a corresponding growth in mining. The number of permitted or operational mines and processing facilities has grown 130% since 2010. Although the project application and Draft EIS claim a new pipeline will promote economic development in Western Wisconsin, neither document mentions the environmental impacts of frac sand mining and processing. If built, this pipeline is likely to have serious environmental impacts. Western Wisconsin is home to many sensitive natural resources, including forested and non-forested wetlands, upland habitats, and threatened and endangered plant, animal and bird species. The pipeline would be placed under rivers and streams, with the potential for “frac-outs,” which can happen when pressurized drilling mud rises to the surface of waterways, affecting aquatic life. Clean Wisconsin has intervened in the environmental and economic review process, pointing out that an EIS is legally required to consider impacts related to the industrial development spurred by the project in question. The draft EIS fails to comply with Wisconsin law in this and other ways, and we have asked the DNR and PSC for a more thorough assessment. With Asian carp knocking on the door to the Great Lakes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a report last December detailing options to keep these invasive species out of our precious lakes. With a $7 billion fishing industry at stake, the report was published two years ahead of schedule, showing how important it is to move quickly. Of the eight options outlined, Clean Wisconsin and many others are in strong support of options 5 and 6, permanent separation of the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins. Clean Wisconsin has long pushed for permanent separation for several reasons. For starters, Asian carp consume up to 40% of their body weight each day. They eat plankton and vegetation, the same diet that sustains many of our favorite native fish, and they feed on the eggs of native species, wiping them out before they even have a chance to develop.In addition, Asian carp have very few predators because they grow so large so quickly. Thriving in the shallower waters of rivers, it’s a guarantee that as soon as Asian carp become established in Lake Michigan, they will invade any connecting tributary. With all this in mind, it’s clear that permanent separation is the best solution to prevent the spread of dangerous Asian carp and other aquatic invasives. Researchers from the University of Notre Dame have already discovered Asian carp DNA in Lake Michigan, but it’s not too late to prevent these and other invasives from becoming established in the Great Lakes. And we already have some serious political backing. On March 14, 11 U.S. senators sent a letter to USACE seeking quicker movement toward short- and long-term solutions. USACE took comments on the report through the end of March; Clean Wisconsin advocated for permanent separation of the two water systems to prevent future invasive species introductions. In the near future, there will be opportunities to contact your federal legislators, and we hope you’ll do just that because the Great Lakes deserve a great legacy and together, we can keep it that way.

A Hub for Excellence Introducing the Organizing Hub By Keith Reopelle, Senior Policy Director

Clean Wisconsin is excited to partner with the RE-AMP network to roll out a new asset for orgaOrganizing Hub nizations in the Midwest working to fight climate change. REAMP is a network of nearly 160 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on climate change and energy policy with the goal of reducing global warming pollution economy-wide 80% by 2050. The Organizing Hub was built to help RE-AMP groups develop strong, effective campaigns to fight climate change with ongoing strategy, coaching and implementation assistance. The Hub will also advise on plans for current climate change campaigns and lead skills-building trainings for groups in the Midwest. Coordinator Melissa Gavin, who formerly ran the State Environmental Leadership Program, has been brought on to develop the Organizing Hub and work with groups in the Midwest on their climate change campaigns. In 2014, the Organizing Hub will work with at least three climate change campaigns in the Midwest. The Hub will also be available to other climate change campaigns in RE-AMP, offer training on campaign planning, grassroots and grasstops organizing and developing effective climate change messages, and will offer the Campaign Excellence Conference in fall 2014. In addition to housing the Organizing Hub for the RE-AMP network, Clean Wisconsin will provide technical assistance on digital advocacy to groups in the Midwest though the Hub. Clean Wisconsin is proud to serve as the host of the RE-AMP Organizing Hub and we look forward to helping the Midwest become a climate leader through our work and expertise.

RE AMP

A Permanent Solution to keep

Asian carp out of Great Lakes By Marc Wendt, Communications Intern

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Investors $1,000–$2,499

President’s Circle $25,000+

Anonymous (5) Amy Gilliland Carl Sinderbrand Daniel Smith MD & Marcia Smith DW & Christena Benson Edward & Ann Hastreiter Gof & Mary Thomson Gretchen La Budde & Michael Whaley Henry Anderson MD & Shirley S. Levine Jack Westman MD Karin Sandvik Katharine Odell

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Philanthropist $10,000–$24,999 The Kailo Fund

Patrons $5,000–$9,999 Anonymous (2)

Benefactors $2,500–$4,999

Kurt Sladky & Deb Neff Laurie & Richard Kracum Liz Middleton Luke & Carol Fairborn Margaret Baack & Michael McAdams Margi & David Kindig Peggy Scallon MD & Mark Redsten Richard Gosse DDS & Karen Gosse Robert Hagge Jr. Roland Schroeder & Mary Mowbray Susan & Jerry Greenfield Thomas Schlueter MD & Ellen Neuhaus MD

Thank you to these members of

Clean Wisconsin’s Environmental Pillar Society for their dedicated generosity to our work!

To become a member or for more information regarding the benefits of the Environmental Pillars Society, contact development director Angela Cao at 608-251-7020 x17 or acao@cleanwisconsin.org.

If you own a business and share in our mission, please join our Corporate Guardians program. This is an excellent investment in your business as you support our work for clean air, clean water and the places that make Wisconsin great for future generations!

Interested in joining the businesses below? Contact Angela Cao at 608-251-7020 x17 or acao@cleanwisconsin.org. All donations to Clean Wisconsin are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

www.sustaineng.com | Madison

www.crossroadscommunityfarm.com | Cross Plains

Additional Corporate Guardians also sponsoring our Epicurean Evening (see reverse)

Johnson Controls, Inc. www.johnsoncontrols.com Delta Properties www.delta-properties.com, Madison Nordic Consulting www.nordicwi.com | Madison Capital Fitness www.capitalfitness.net | Madison

Benefits $1,000–$2,499 level • Listing in Defender, on cleanwisconsin.org and in our annual report • One social media post per month about your business • Special early-bird invitations to our events, including our inaugural “Epicurean Evening” benefit dinner $2,500+ level • All the benefits listed for $1,000-$2,499 donors • Two social media posts per month about your business, plus • Invitations to exclusive events with our executive director to learn more about how your support directly affects our work on behalf of Wisconsin

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SAVE THE DATE

A night with celebrity chefs for

OCTOBER 8, 2014 | THE EDGEWATER Madison

Join Clean Wisconsin for An Epicurean Evening, an inaugural celebrity chef event to benefit our statewide work for breathable air, drinkable water, clean, efficient energy and the places we all love.

Chefs at the 2014 event include:

Dan Fox, Heritage Tavern Tory Miller, L’Etoile Jonny Hunter, Underground Butcher & Forequarter Anna Dickson, Merchant An Epicurean Evening will be one of the premier events held at the Edgewater Hotel following its reconstruction and grand re-opening this fall. With over 300 guests slated to attend, special raffles, a wine pull, an auction and special guest mixologist JR Mocanu from Merchant creating craft cocktails, this event promises to be the culinary event of 2014.

Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. | Dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,200 per table of 8. This event is quickly filling up! Get tickets today at

www. cleanwisconsin/epicureanevening Thank you to our sponsors!

Sponsorships still available! See page 2