Friday, June 17, 2022

June 28 - POTLUCK!

 

EVERYONE WELCOME!
BRING THE KIDS!
DON'T NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND!
 
The park is also accessible by bike from the La Crosse River Trail.
 
  Bring some food to share AND, if you can, your own dishes and utensils.
The club will supply beverages and horseshoes for kids and adults.
We will be by the river, so bring bug repellent if you need it.
 
Please consider signing up at groupcarpool.com/t/qi75cg to drive or ride with others
or call 608-315-2693 and leave a message if you need a ride.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Wednesday, June 8 - Welcome the e-bus

Please join the MTU and the City of La Crosse for an open house to roll out the new electric buses at 10 a.m. at the La Crosse Center!

Moving our public transit system to electric fuel will have a significant impact on our community's carbon emissions. And, as upgrades are completed at the city's wastewater treatment plant, soon, the fuel for these buses will be generated by gases released during the treatment process. 

Transportation emissions are the top of all sectors, with everyday travel by fossil-fueled cars and light trucks making up the majority of sector emissions. Moving your travel to any bus, but especially to an electric bus can help our city reach its zero carbon goals.

Come on down to the La Crosse Center to see and learn about the new electric buses.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June Newsletter

 

Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Summer Potluck Get Together
Shelter #2, Veteran’s Memorial County Park, Highway 16 just west of West Salem

After a long break, we are happy to invite you to our annual June potluck get together on Tuesday evening, June 28 starting at 5:30 p.m. We’ll meet this year at Veterans Memorial County Park in Shelter #2.

Please bring some food to share and, if you are able, your own plate and utensils. The club will supply beverages. The shelter is near the river, so bring your bug spray, too! We’ll have horseshoes (adult and child), as well as information about upcoming events and environmental news.

If you are driving, consider using this link to sign up to ride or drive with others: groupcarpool.com/t/qi75cg or call 608-315-2693. The park is also accessible by bike using the La Crosse River State Trail (milepost 5 on the trail - five miles east of Medary/two miles west of West Salem).

You need not be a member to attend! Bring friends and family if you wish.

June 1: the Biggest little Farm     Join the Wisconsin Sierra Club Water Team in an online screening of the award-winning documentary about one family’s epic odyssey to attempt to farm while reawakening the land. This screening is free and open to all. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please register for the link at tinyurl.com/WISC-BigLittleFarNm

June 20:  Solar Show and Tell   Join Solar on La Crosse Schools on Monday, June 20 from 4 to 6 at Northside Elementary/Coulee Montessori, 1611 Kane St., La Crosse, to learn about the plan to install solar panels on the school in 2022 and how solar on schools is a win-win-win for our schools, our communities, and our planet. Learn more at SolarOnLaCrosseSchools.org.

May Garden Crawl     A small but enthusiastic group toured community gardens on La Crosse’s north side on May 24 guided by local garden leaders, Tamra Dickinson and Todd Huffman. Tamra met the group at Logan High School to introduce us to the community gardens funded with a grant from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. With the help of Logan High construction students, concrete block and half-barrel beds grow a variety of greens, herbs, flowers, and vining edibles. A storage shed is now under construction, too. We visited the Northside Elementary/Coulee Montessori gardens near Gilette and Charles Streets next. Tamra shared some of her favorite heirloom seeds. See the list at tinyurl.com/TamrasFavSeeds.

We made an unscheduled stopped at the urban home-stead of Willie and Kate Bittner. Though we arrived without an appointment, they were eager to show off their garden, chickens, rain barrels, fruit trees, solar shed and more! Our last stop was the Kane Street Community Garden. Todd, who retired last year as the garden's coordinator, gave us a tour of the grounds.

Community gardens don’t need to be large to have a big impact. To learn more about these and how you can help, visit facebook.com/KaneStreetCommunityGarden or
LaCrosseNeighborhoodGardens.org  or sign up to help care for the GROW La Crosse school gardens at GrowLaCrosse.org/volunteer-2 Learn to start a community garden: tinyurl.com/startacommgarden.

June 22: Right to Harm     On Wednesday, June 22 at 4:30 p.m., the film Right to Harm will be shown at the Platteville Public Library hosted by Grant County Rural Stewardship. The film exposes the devastating public health impact industrial animal factories have on many rural communities in the U.S. Learn more at tinyurl.com/GCRS-HarmFilm

Sign Up: Family Water Outing     Mark your calendars and get out the water toys and  camping gear! The annual Black River Family Canoe Camp will be held July 16-17! This kid-focused trip on the Black River brings young families, adults with kids, and the young at heart together to play, explore, hike, cook out, and sleep in tents on a sand bar. Preregistration and screening are required. Participants must provide all their own water craft and gear, food, clothing, drinking water, etc.

This year’s leaders will be Carol and Kevin Olson and Beth and Justin Piggush. Learn more about it and how to register at tinyurl.com/2022-BRFamCanoe 

Responsible Investing for Positive Climate Action     by Nancy Hartje          With rising gas prices, there is already a strong push to open U.S. oil reserves and increase domestic oil production. While these measures may eventually lead to lower gas prices, the situation also presents an opportunity to, once and for all, wean ourselves from reliance on fossil fuels.

One concrete action we can take as individuals is to put our money where our values are and make sure our financial decisions and investments are not supporting fossil fuels. A group that can help  is Third Act, www.thirdact.org. Their website has many resources for taking actions which positively impact climate change. Check out the “Align Your Money With Your Values” link.

Another valuable site is AsYouSow.org which promotes corporate responsibility by providing investment and retirement scorecards using filters, including  Fossil- Free Funds, Deforestation-Free funds, and other social or environmental justice filters. Use the “Invest Your Values” link.

Check it out, and let your money work to advance your values and shape a better future.  

More June Events   June is RIDE TRANSIT Month! Pledge to ride public transit at least five times during June.

6/ 3: Wisconsin Women in Conservation Spring Gathering from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. www.wiwic.org/event-details/south-west-spring-conservation-gathering

6/ 4: Wildflowers of Savannah Oaks at 10 a.m. Greens Coulee, Onalaska. Register: tinyurl.com/MVC-060422

6/ 4: Robinson Creek Paddle (Jackson County) at 11 a.m. tinyurl.com/0604RobinsonPaddle

6/ 4-5: Wisconsin state lands Free Fun Weekend. Admission fees, trail passes, fishing licenses waived. dnr.wisconsin.gov/events/57206

6/ 4-12: Jackson County Bike Week Challenge. www.jacksoninaction.org/jcbikeweek

6/ 7, 14, 21, 28: Frog Walk starts 15 minutes after sunset at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. tinyurl.com/KVR-JuneFrogs

6/ 8: Learn about “The Blufflands: A Plan for Conservation and Recreation Throughout the La Crosse - La Crescent Region” at 6 p.m. in Room 432 (basement) of the La Crosse County Administration Building, 6th & State Street.

6/ 8: Wisconsin Chapter virtual volunteer night from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. tinyurl.com/WISC-June22Vol

6/11: Plant ID Walk starts at 9 a.m. at Kickapoo Valley Reserve tinyurl.com/KVR-PlantID611

6/11: Using the iNaturalist app at Wildcat Mountain State Park at 10 a.m. wisconsin.gov/events/57716

6/12: Sierra Club Outing Leader Training from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Madison. Must register:  tinyurl.com/WISC-LdrTraining0622

6/15: Kickapoo Pearls Revisited at 6:30 p.m. at Kickapoo Valley Reserve. tinyurl.com/KVRPearls

6/24: Dark Sky “Out All Night” event. Middle Ridge. www.lcaas.org

6/25: Geology Hike at 10 a.m. at Wildcat Mountain State Park. dnr.wisconsin.gov/events/57726

6/25: Raptors at 7 p.m. at Wildcat Mountain State Park ampitheater. dnr.wisconsin.gov/events/57751  

6/25: Cranberry Blossom Day at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. www.blackrivercountry.net/event/cranberry-blossom-day/

7/ 1: Crawford Stewardship Project “Love the Land” party and fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at Soldiers Grove Park. www.crawfordstewardship.org/will-you-join-us/

For Wisconsin Chapter water outings, please visit tinyurl.com/WISC-WaterGroup

STOP LINE 5     We have some Sierra Club STOP LINE 5 yard signs available. If you would like one, please email us at CRSierraClub@gmail.com OR call 608-315-2693 and leave a message for a call back. 

CRSC Education Grant Report     COVID-19 caused many delays and schedule disruptions, including environmental education plans funded by CRSC last year! But, we are happy to report that grant recipients Amoreena Rathke and Mariah Bigelow, art teachers at Northside Elementary School and Coulee Montessri, have been able to complete their activities!

“During 2020, we were able to create the pottery and start, propagate, and care for more than 650 plants just prior to the quarantine. But the other part, a sale hosted by our fourth and fifth grade students, could not take place, because many classes were being held online.

“This May we were finally able to hold the plant sale. Our students have been propagating, starting seedlings, and learning about more than 700 plants, and the sale took place at the school on May 13 and 14.

“We will use the proceeds to purchase playground equipment while reserving some to invest in seeds and plants for next year.

“Thank you so much for your support for our students! We will send pictures soon.”

Bluffland Conservation     The Bluffland Coalition is dedicated to protecting regional blufflands as natural treasures and to expanding bluffland recreational opportunities available to the public. The Coalition is made up of local units of government and local non-profit organizations. This unique arrangement was developed in 2016 and documented in “The Blufflands: A Plan for Conservation and Recreation Throughout the La Crosse - La Crescent Region”.

There will be a series of meetings to understand this plan and its importance to the region. The first meeting is Wednesday, June 8, at 6 p.m. in the La Crosse County Administrative Building Room 430 (Basement). People interested in local bluffland conservation are encouraged to attend.

Support School Climate Action     Local climate activists are pressing the La Crosse School District to create a climate action plan and commit to using 100% clean renewable energy by 2050 or sooner. Other schools in Wisconsin have taken these steps. It will ensure district plans do not increase carbon emissions or work against the city’s goals of reducing community emissions.

If you live in the School District of La Crosse and have not yet signed the petition, please do so now at tinyurl.com/LaXSchools-ActOnClimate.
 



Tuesday, May 17, 2022

May 24 - Community Gardens!

 

Join us on

Tuesday, May 24 at 5 p.m. at the Logan High School north parking lot

Local food production can reduce carbon emissions and alleviate food insecurity. On La Crosse’s north side, a Seeding a Legacy of Healing grant from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration supports a cluster of four small neighborhood gardens to help provide food, community, and self-sufficiency experience and education. The much larger Kane Street Community Garden has produced an average of 30,000 pounds of healthy, organic produce per year since its founding in 1998 with mostly volunteer labor.

We’ll learn about and tour these gardens with our guests, Tamra Dickinson and Todd Huffman.

There is no registration required. We will START AT THE LOGAN HIGH SCHOOL NORTH PARKING LOT, drive or bike to the cluster of gardens, ending at the Kane Street garden.

Masks are optional for this outdoor activity. Social distancing is recommended.


Sunday, May 1, 2022

May Newsletter

 

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 5 p.m.  Kane Street Garden - Why We Need Local Food Systems     Local food production can reduce carbon emissions and alleviate food insecurity. The Kane Street Community Garden has produced an average of 30,000 pounds of healthy, organic produce per year since its founding in 1998. Under the direction of the garden staff, hundreds of volunteers help with weeding, watering, planting, and harvesting each season.

We’ll volunteer for an hour and then, CRSC member, Todd Huffman, who recently retired as the Kane Street Garden Coordinator, will tell us more about the garden and its importance in the community.

The garden is accessible via the #5 MTU bus. If you would like to carpool, please use the groupcarpool.com site. Please wear appropriate clothing. In case of rain, we will skip the volunteering and go straight to the program. For more information about the garden, please visit LaCrosseHTF.org/The-Kane-Street-Community-Garden

MAY 7 MIGRATORY BIRD DAY     May 7 is World Migratory Bird Day. Land use changes and the climate crisis are threatening vulnerable migratory birds. It’s important for us to learn about how we can protect these beautiful fellow travelers.

The Mississippi Valley Conservancy will host a Mother’s Day Migratory Bird Hike on May 7 at Sugar Creek Bluff near Ferryville. You must register in advance at tinyurl.com/MVC-0507Birds  The La Crosse Audubon Society will host a Migratory Bird Day event at the Myrick Park Center from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. including a bird-banding demonstration, bird walks at 6:30 and 9:30 a.m., bird-related activities for kids, and more. See couleeaudubon.org/html/events.html

CELEBRATE WISCONSIN MAY 17     Celebrate Wisconsin food, drink, and grassroots activism at the Wisconsin Sierra Club’s annual virtual house party, Locally Grown, Nationally Known. Special guests Diane and Kevin Cain, from Cain’s Orchards in Hixton, will talk about running a sustainable orchard and protecting nature and wildlife. Attendance is free, but donations will be welcomed throughout the evening.  Learn more at tinyurl.com/WISC-LGNK22

APRIL EARTH FAIR     We hope you had an opportunity to spend Earth Day appreciating our amazing natural world and considering how we can do more to protect the precious Earth we all call home. In La Crosse, CRSC tabled at the April 24 Earth Fair with information about our programs, events, activism, and priorities. In addition, the National Sierra Club sponsored more than 200 Drive Electric Earth Day events around the country including one in Viroqua and one at the La Crosse Earth Fair. In addition to electric bikes and cars, the new La Crosse electric bus was on display. Within about a year, the buses will be fueled by electricity generated from methane gas from the city’s wastewater treatment plant. 

HIGHWAY CLEANUP     By Pat Wilson     The Coulee Region Group contributed to the Earth Fair Marsh Cleanup by doing the spring cleaning on our adopted roadway--River Valley Drive. We had a great turnout enabling us to cover almost the entire section. We collected 21 bags of trash plus two tires. The photo shows just part of the haul; there were six more bags that wouldn’t fit on the truck.

Thank you to the cleanup gang: Kathy Allen, Carol Miller, John Papenfuss, Nancy Hartje, Marty Sellers, Maureen Kinney, David Bange, and Bobbie and Pat Wilson.

Our next group cleanup will be in July.

SOLAR SCHOOLS BIKE TOUR      On Saturday, April 23, CRSC members joined students, parents, teachers, and others for a bike tour hosted by Solar on La Crosse Schools (SOLS). The tour began at Hamilton Elementary School which holds almost 100 kW of solar panels. The riders continued to City Hall to learn about the City’s climate action planning and how solar installations on public facilities help reduce carbon emissions. With a beautiful loop through the La Crosse River marsh, the group headed to Summit Environmental School, home of the first solar installation sponsored by SOLS, a stand-alone solar powered marquee sign. The final stop was Northside Elementary School, home of the next full solar installation expected to be completed later in the year. For more information about this initiative, visit SolarOnLaCrosseSchools.org.  

CLUB OPPORTUNITIES!     The Wisconsin Chapter Sierra Club is seeking two people to join its Executive Committee Board. This is an important leadership position that will help the club set priorities and policies. ExComm members attend monthly meetings (online option available) and should plan to join at least one of the chapter’s teams. For more information, please email us at CRSierraClub@gmail.com or call Pat at 608-788-8831.

Would you like to help lead official Sierra Club outings? The Wisconsin Chapter is offering online Outing Leader training over two days, May 18 and May 25. To become a leader, in addition to completing the two training sessions, you must co-lead an outing with a veteran leader and acquire Basic First Aid training (on your own). Sign up for the two training sessions at tinyurl.com/WISC-LeaderTraining. To learn more, please email us at CRSierraClub@gmail.com or contact Pat Wilson, a certified Sierra Club outings leader, at 608-788-8831. 

MORE MAY EVENTS

5/3: Wisconsin Chapter book club meeting about the book, Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. 7 p.m. ONLINE Register: tinyurl.com/WISC-BookClub0522

5/3 and 5/10: Myrick Marsh Bird Walks at 6:30 a.m. Meet at head of main trail. couleeaudubon.org/html/events.html

5/5 and 5/12: Hixon Forest Bird Walk at 6:30 a.m. Meet at parking lot. couleeaudubon.org/html/events.html

5/6-8: High Cliff State Park Camp and Service Outing in Menasha. SIGN UP BY 5/3. tinyurl.com/HCSPOuting

5/7: Astronomy Day at Riverside Park in La Crosse 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.  LCAAS.org

5/11: Wisconsin Chapter Virtual Volunteer Night 6:30 p.m. tinyurl.com/WISC-VolNite0522

5/11-14: Forest Management Tree Planting at Kickapoo Valley Reserve

5/14: Moonlight Hike, Wildcat Mountain State Park. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Meet at amphitheather Parking Lot. dnr.wisconsin.gov/events/55976

5/14: Plant ID hike at Kickapoo Valley Reserve 9 am to noon KVR.state.wi.us/Events/Calendar

5/14: Wyalusing Birding Field Trip sponsored by the Coulee Region Audubon Society couleeaudubon.org/html/events.html

5/15 Total Lunar Eclipse viewing in La Crosse from 9 to 11 p.m. in Crowley Park, La Crosse.  LCAAS.org

5/18 “Reinventing Power” virtual film screening. 5:30 p.m.  tinyurl.com/WISC-PowerFilm

5/21: Bumblebee Conservation with Susan Carpenter 9:30 a.m. KVR.state.wi.us/Events/Calendar

For Wisconsin Chapter water outings, please visit tinyurl.com/WISC-WaterGroup

SUPPORT SCHOOL CLIMATE ACTION!     Local climate activists are pressing the La Crosse School District to create a climate action plan and commit to using 100% clean renewable energy by 2050 or sooner. Other schools in Wisconsin have taken these steps. It will ensure district plans do not increase carbon emissions or work against the city’s goals of reducing community emissions. If you live in the School District of La Crosse and have not yet signed the petition, please do so now at tinyurl.com/LaXSchools-ActOnClimate.

HELP with our newsletter! Write regular updates about environmental events and activities outside of La Crosse! Also, we are seeking one or two people to help put the newsletter together every month. Please email CRSierraClub@gmail.com


Friday, April 1, 2022

April Newsletter

 

LA CROSSE EARTH FAIR, APRIL 24  The Coulee Region Sierra Club will table at the La Crosse Earth Fair, Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Myrick Park. If you are available to help, please email us at crsierraclub@gmail.com or call - 608-315-2693. We will supply all the materials, you let people know why you are a member of the club! Whether you can help for an hour or three hours or more or less, please volunteer to help out! Earth Fair: www.sustaininstitute.com/earthfairlacrosse

CONSERVATION CONGRESS, APRIL 11-14     The Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) is a board of elected delegates from each county that gives input to the Natural Resources Board (NRB) and DNR on what priorities they should focus on. The WCC spring hearings will be ONLINE again this year. The survey about Wisconsin natural resources will be open from April 11-14, with questions covering areas such as wildlife, water, land use, and
recreation. There may even be Sierra Club-authored citizen resolutions introduced in your county! If citizen resolutions pass in a county, they move on to the statewide survey the following year. This year's survey will include questions about PFAS and wolf management. RSVP at tinyurl.com/22WisCongress to learn more.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ELECTRIC VEHICLES!     Drive Electric Earth Day (DEED) is a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles throughout the month of April. In addition to being better for the environment, electric vehicles are more fun to drive, more
convenient to fuel and less expensive to operate than gasoline vehicles. Drive Electric Earth Day is presented by Plug In America, the Electric Vehicle Association, the Sierra Club, and EVHybridNoire. There are at least two DEED events planned in the Coulee Region. On Saturday, April 16, learn more about EVs at the Viroqua Food Co-op, 609 North Main Street, between 8 a.m. and noon. See driveelectricearthday.org/event?eventid=3161 On Sunday,
April 24, visit the DEED event at the La Crosse Earth Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Myrick Park! Learn more at driveelectricearthday.org/event?eventid=3050

MARCH 15 WATER PROGRAM     We hope you enjoyed our March 15 online program about The Fight for Clean Water in Wisconsin. Thanks to our guests, Johnson Bridgwater of Wisconsin River Alliance and Jamie O’Neill of Viterbo University, we learned about the statewide Clean Water referendum movement and the March 25 Clean Water Symposium at Viterbo University.

There were several great questions from participants which prompted more details from our speakers on what actions state groups and individuals are taking to advocate for stronger water quality regulations and laws. If you missed the program, you can watch it online at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CRSierraClub/videos/4938740156216465

APRIL 5 ELECTION DAY     Election Day is Tuesday, April 5, but absentee ballots are being delivered now and absentee in person voting is underway. Learn what’s on your ballot and get more voting information at myvote.wi.gov or contact your municipal clerk for details. If you are voting an absentee ballot please make sure to sign and date the envelope and have a witness sign and fill in their address. You must return your own absentee ballot to your clerk’s office. Drop boxes are no longer an option. Do not mail your ballot after March 28.

LA CROSSE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN     Work by more than 50 community volunteers continues as the City of La Crosse creates a climate action plan under the guidance of paleBLUEdot llc. On March 23, a special banner inviting public input was unveiled followed by the first public input session of the process. More public sessions are planned, and a “Meeting in a Box” resource is available for groups who want to learn more and have meaningful input.

You can learn more about the process, share your climate story, get a schedule of upcoming input opportunities, and more at www.lacrosseclimateactionplan.org

HIGH SCHOOL AWARD DEADLINE EXTENDED!

AWARD AMOUNT INCREASED! ELIGIBILITY EXPANDED!

UPDATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON EARTH DAY
WITH APPLICATIONS DUE THIS SUMMER!

MORE DETAILS IN OUR MAY NEWSLETTER! 

DRIFTLESS AREA BIOBLITZ   Nature Challenge April 24 through September 30, 2022 Strive2ThriveCR.org/dabb

EARTH DAY 2022 - WATER ON THE RISE       Water and life are inextricably intertwined. Without access to adequate water, humanity suffers. Yet, water in extreme abundance can also become a destructive force. We invite you to join us as we explore these concepts and more during the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Earth Day 2022: Water on the Rise. This day-long community learning event, featuring both in-person and virtual experiences, will examine how communities across the globe are facing, responding to, and mitigating critical water issues. This event will be in partnership with Water@UW, which will continue the conversation on Friday, April 22, 2022, at the annual Water@UW Symposium. See speakers, sessions, and schedules at earthday.nelson.wisc.edu 

MORE APRIL EVENTS    
April 5: “Defending Water, Defending Life” with Dr. Al Gedicks 7 p.m. UWL Student Union Room 120  www.uwlax.edu/events/?e=26021

April 6: “Social Impacts of Environmental (In)Justice” 5:30 p.m. UWL Centennial Hall  www.uwlax.edu/events/?e=25987

April 6: “Envisioning Intersectional Environmental Justice in Urban America” 7 p.m. UWL Student Union  www.uwlax.edu/events/?e=26022

April 7: “Native Plants for Improving Stormwater” Register by 4/3  tinyurl.com/wild-stormwater

April 10: Cold whitewater paddling on the Black River from Hatfield to Halls Creek. 10 a.m. at Clayschool Rd.     www.blackrivercountry.net/event/the-friends-of-the-black-river-paddling-event/2022-04-10/

April 12: Cultural Coffee Hour: Environment at 5 p.m. ONLINE. www.uwlax.edu/events/?e=25674

April 13: Wolf Advocacy by Diane Cain of Hixton at Friends of the Black River meeting. 6:30 p.m. at Lunda Community Center, BRF  www.blackrivercountry.net/event/friends-of-the-black-river-april-meeting-the-hub-at-the-lunda-community-center/

April 14: “Native Plants for Outdoor Air Quality” Register by 4/11  tinyurl.com/wild-stormwater

April 14: What is clean water worth?  6 p.m. UWL Centennial Hall   www.uwlax.edu/events/?e=26006

April 20: “Year of the Electric Vehicle” Noon to 1 p,m, and EV show 1 to 1:30 English Lutheran Church, La Crosse  www.interfaithleaders.org/

April 20: “Two American Families” film screening 5:30 p.m. Online tinyurl.com/WISC-2Fams

April 20: “Climate Change and the Pursuit of Truth in a Post-Truth World” 6:30 p.m. Kickapoo Valley Reserve  http://kvr.state.wi.us/Events/Calendar

April 21: “Native Plants for Outdoor Air Quality” Register by 4/11  tinyurl.com/wild-stormwater

April 22: Protect the Future rally and press conference  at noon. Weigent Park, La Crosse  secure.every action.com/X6sFYvSoIE2g55INxeAqTg2

April 22-30: International Dark-Sky Week    idsw.darksky.org

April 23: Solar on La Crosse Schools bike ride. Start at Hamilton Elementary School, 1111 7th St. S. at noon.  www.solaronlacrosseschools.org/solar-on-schools-bike-tour/

April 23: Clark County River Cleanup, Listeman Park, E. 15th St. Black River Falls from 8 to 11 a.m.   www.blackrivercountry.net/event/friends-of-the-black-river-hiking-events/2022-04-23/

April 30: Jackson County Forest cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon at Castle Mound parking lot.  www. blackrivercountry.net/event/friends-of-the-black-river-hiking-events/2022-04-23/

CRSC AT WATER SYMPOSIUM     Viterbo University sponsored the timely Agnes W. H. Tan Science Symposium at Viterbo last Friday – What’s in Our Drinking Water? Erin Brockovich did a presentation on personal empowerment and standing up for clean water on Thursday night, followed by a Friday morning keynote presentation by Jeannie Purchase, a 26-year-old woman who earned a PhD in engineering after observing the water problems in Flint, Michigan and Denmark, South Carolina. She now works for the Washington, DC water district, working on providing water there, including getting lead pipes replaced.

The Coulee Region Sierra Club had a booth at the event and made contact with students, adults, and other groups concerned with our water quality crisis. There were breakout sessions by experts on PFAS, nitrates, bacteria, salt, endocrine disrupters, and all of the above, along with a presentation on the challenge of supplying safe fresh water to the low income people of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The River Alliance of Wisconsin was there supporting their Clean Water Now for Wisconsin initiative to get a clean water referendum passed in every county in Wisconsin. Some presentations are available online at tinyurl.com/ViterboWater

ADVISORY WATER REFERENDUM ON LA CROSSE BALLOTS     Eau Claire and La Crosse County voters will find this advisory referendum question on their April 5 ballot:

    Shall the State of Wisconsin establish a right to clean water to protect human health,
    the environment, and the diverse cultural and natural heritage of Wisconsin?

LINE 5 COMMENTS     Since mid-December, the Wisconsin Sierra Club has encouraged people to send comments to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regarding the expansion of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. The DNR has received more than  10,000 comments and they’ve extended the comment period deadline to April 15.

To learn more about the issue, please visit www.sierraclub.org/wisconsin/line-5 and if you wish to comment, use this link: dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/EIA/Enbridge.html

GET INVOLVED!     The Sierra Club is a grassroots movement. That means we rely on volunteers to make things happen. There are many ways Sierra Club members can get involved.

Help us produce the newsletter by reporting on events and issues in your community or volunteering to be the back up editor when needed.

Suggest ideas for programs, from speakers to places to visit. Attend our programs and events.

Attend a volunteer night. Volunteers help with graphics, writing articles, doing online work and more. The next Virtual Volunteer Night is online on April 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Register at tinyurl.com/WISC-04Vol

Help us table at the La Crosse Earth Fair on Sunday, April 24 at Myrick Park. It’s easy and fun.

Volunteer to join a Sierra Club team or be on a Sierra Club committee. Email us at CRSierraClub@gmail.com or call 608-315-2693 to learn more!

APRIL 23 HIGHWAY CLEANUP     Our first highway cleanup of 2022 will be on Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m. Meet at the pumping station near the intersection of River Valley Drive and Gillette. Gloves, bags, and vests provided.

Friday, March 11, 2022

March 15 - The Fight for Clean Water in Wisconsin

 

From nitrates and phosphorous to PFAS and lead,  contaminants in Wisconsin’s waters have become an
increasing threat to health, farms, businesses and wildlife.

Johnson Bridgewater, current organizer with River Alliance of Wisconsin and former director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club, will talk about the statewide clean water referendum initiative and weigh in on recent developments regarding PFAS regulation in the state. 

Jamie O’Neill, Event Planner and Outreach Coordinator with the College of Engineering, Letters and Sciences at Viterbo University, will discuss the upcoming Agnes W.H. Tan Science Symposium (March 25) which will focus on clean water issues.

Register: tinyurl.com/CRSC-0315Water

The program is free and open to anyone.