Author Archives: Laura Olah

Current Issues

Army Update on Proposed Water System

The U.S. Army’s January 17, 2017  letter concerning a possible drinking water system near the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant is posted here. Badger AAP re Drinking Water System 17 January 2017      

Send Your Valentine for Babies’ Hearts!

WANT TO DO SOMETHING FUN AND EMPOWERING? EPA will be holding a public meeting on Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) to receive input on its efforts to establish the scope of risk evaluations for 10 toxic chemicals including the solvents TCE … Continue reading


Ho-Chunk Nation Improves Bat Access at Badger

By Randy Poelma, Ho-Chunk Nation Division of Environmental Health & Jennifer Redell, Wisconsin Bat Program ~ Resource managers from the Ho-Chunk Nation (Nation) completed a bat hibernaculum improvement project this fall on tribal lands at the former Badger Army Ammunition … Continue reading


Congress Requires Military to Pursue Alternatives to Burning Munitions

With President Obama’s signature on the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, a nationwide grassroots campaign to ensure the safe disposal of our nation’s conventional munitions stockpile secured a key victory. The amendment, written by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), will … Continue reading


Council Objects to Introduction of Motorcycles on State Non-Motorized Trails

The Wisconsin Nonmotorized Recreation and Transportation Trails Council has taken unanimous action in opposing introduction of on-off road motorcycles to the state’s trails. In comments this week to the Natural Resources Board, the Council said that these motor vehicles are … Continue reading


Noted Ecologist Comments on Badger Land Use Plan

With 35 years experience with the Wisconsin DNR, ecologist Mike Mossman has worked on many projects dealing with the effects of land use on plant and wildlife populations and endangered species. He has conducted bird, amphibian and mammal studies at … Continue reading


Madison Audubon Comments on Rec Area Plan

  The Madison Audubon Society (MAS) has submitted formal comments to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board supporting much of the draft Master Plan for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area (SPRA) but objecting to two proposed activities that contradict previous agreements … Continue reading


CSWAB Asks for Re-Testing of Residential Wells near Badger

CSWAB has asked the Wisconsin DNR to consider re-testing of residential wells near Badger Army Ammunition Plant given the annual sampling failed internal quality controls. In August and September of 2016, the Army tested 52 residential wells near Badger. Cloromethane … Continue reading


WDNR Keeps Motorcycles/Rockets in Badger Plan

Despite our best efforts,  the WDNR draft Master Plan for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area still proposes dual-sport motorcycles and sport rocketry on the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant lands. These loud disruptive uses contradict the conservation goals for the … Continue reading


CSWAB Joins Opposition to Michigan’s First Gold Mine in Decades

A Canadian exploratory mining company recently cleared a major hurdle on its path to build a controversial open pit gold, zinc and copper mine next to a major river along the Michigan-Wisconsin border, according to a report from Michigan Live. … Continue reading