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Foxconn’s Shifting Plans Raise Questions About Its Need for Great Lakes Water

Jan 30, 2019

The announcement that Foxconn would scale back plans for a manufacturing facility led many to question Racine’s plans to proceed with a highly-controversial diversion of Great Lakes water.

MEA Bids Farewell to Attorney Jimmy Parra

Jan 17, 2019

Midwest Environmental Advocates staff and board members wish Attorney Jimmy Parra a fond farewell as he leaves MEA this week to begin a new chapter in his professional career.

WI Supreme Court Asked to Rule on DNR Water Pollution Permit

Jan 16, 2019

A Supreme Court decision in the Kinnard Farms case would have far-reaching implications for all state agencies.

Circuit Court Ruling Prevents Rollback of Agricultural Pollution Laws

Jan 11, 2019

Circuit Court Judge William Pocan sided with environmental groups represented by MEA when he ruled that an agreement between the DNR and the state’s largest dairy business lobby violated state law.

DNR ruling is a victory for Sturgeon Bay advocates working to protect public land

Jan 04, 2019

Door County has more miles of shoreline than any other county in the country. The shoreline is cherished whether you have been in Door County for three generations or 

MEA December Newsletter

Dec 13, 2018

Check out our December newsletter to learn about legislative and legal updates, upcoming events and more.

MEA Calls on Governor Walker to Veto Senate Bill 884

Dec 11, 2018

After late-night negotiations behind closed doors last week, Wisconsin lawmakers passed legislation that will harm the very interests the bill’s authors would like to protect. MEA believes that the rushed drafting and vetting process will lead to unintended harmful consequences. For this reason, MEA strongly opposes Senate Bill 884 and asks Governor Walker to veto the bill. 

Comments in Opposition to Assembly Bill 1070

Dec 03, 2018

MEA comments oppose "lame-duck" legislation that would promote litigation, waste thousands of hours of agency staff time, and create uncertainty for regulated entities and the public. 

MEA Welcomes New Staff Member Robert Lee

Nov 12, 2018

Midwest Environmental Advocates extends a warm welcome to Robert D. Lee, a 2018 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and recipient of a two-year Thomas L. Shaffer Fellowship. As a Shaffer Fellow, Rob will work closely with MEA staff attorneys to identify more opportunities for protecting Wisconsin’s water resources and the health of the communities relying on them.

Great Lakes Compact Marks 10-Year Anniversary

Oct 04, 2018

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Great Lakes Compact this week, there is plenty of reason for celebration as well as significant cause for concern.