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— The term 'litigation' refers to the process of bringing a dispute before a court of law. Litigation is only one of the many different actions we undertake to address environmental problems. Other types of actions include providing legal analysis and recommendations to local governments and nonprofit partners, reviewing and commenting on proposed state and federal legislation, and providing resources and referrals to citizens.

Ballast Water and the Great Lakes

Recently, the EPA issued a Vessel General Permit that set limitations on discharges of ballast water by oceangoing and Great Lakes vessels. Midwest Environmental Advocates and National Wildlife Federation are appealing the DNR’s decision to approve this insufficiently protective permit.

Rosendale Dairy

Midwest Environmental Advocates worked with a Rosendale, WI, citizens group to protect their water, air and land from the impacts of the largest confined dairy operation in the state.

Phosphorus Water Quality Standards in Wisconsin

Toxic algae in Wisconsin's lakes, rivers and streams is preventable. We support and defend science-based water quality standards backed by law and enforcement.

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Lake Beulah “Friend of the Court” Brief

Midwest Environmental Advocates worked with environmental groups to advocate for the public trust doctrine and protect the surface and groundwaters of our state.

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Domino, et al. v. Didion Ethanol

Didion Ethanol caused problems for citizens of Cambria, WI, for years. Neighbors stood up for their rights and demanded Didion stop discharging polluted waters to their Tarrant Lake.

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CWAC v. Utica Energy

When Utica Energy violated the terms of their water pollution permit, Midwest Environmental Advocates represented a local water quality action group, Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin, to enforce environmental law.

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UW-Madison Charter Street Coal Plant

Midwest Environmental Advocates represented Sierra Club in a suit that enforced water and land pollution laws. The University's coal fired power plant was allowing contaminated stormwater to runoff in to lakes and seep in to groundwater and soil.

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Roth Feeder Pigs Expansion

Twenty-eight concerned Crawford County citizens challenged their county's decision to allow a hog confined feeding operation to expand, jeopardizing their local water and air quality.

Grande Cheese Company & Protient

Working for Wisconsin Environmental Law Advocates, Midwest Environmental Advocates negotiated a settlement agreement with Grande Cheese Company and Protient, Inc, that protected a sensitive water body from further pollution.

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Heartland Development Group

Midwest Environmental Advocates represented Friends of Milwaukee's Rivers (now Milwaukee Riverkeeper) in a suit against a development company that failed to get the required permits to clear-cut shoreline vegetation along the Milwaukee River.

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