Category: Green

  • Earth Day Events

    Earth Day is the perfect time to learn a little more about our planet – and, if you aren’t afraid of getting your hands a little dirty, help it stay healthy. Here are some ways you can do so locally. Geological Journey  Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve, 6749 Cty Road G in Egg Harbor April 20, […]

  • Helping the Great Lakes Find Balance

    by BILL BERRY When the Peninsula Pulse asked me to contribute a piece on water issues in the Great Lakes, I couldn’t say no, even though I knew it would take some digging. It’s an incurable habit. I’ve spent 50 years covering the environment, often water issues, as a journalist, researcher and author. Growing up […]

  • New, Enforceable Standards Announced for PFAS

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new, federal standards last week for an emerging drinking water contaminant – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water.  This includes a new enforceable Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 4.0 parts per trillion (ppt) individually for PFOA and PFOS, and 10 ppt individually for PFNA, PFHxS and […]

  • New Property Protects Nature – and Memories

    by KAY McKINLEY Door County Land Trust communications coordinator Many times when land transfers from private ownership to the Door County Land Trust, more than the land itself is exchanged. For Ingrid Nelson Lawrenz, the Sister Bay property she recently sold to the Land Trust holds memories of a lifetime spent indulging in the joys […]

  • The Carbon Challenge

    Electric companies explain their efforts to ease off fossil fuels Fresh air on a peninsula surrounded by water is just one of the attractions for residents and visitors to Door County. But when it comes to electricity sources, the county relies heavily on coal and fossil fuels burned elsewhere. Wisconsin Public Service’s (WPS) March 2024 […]

  • Sustainability 2024: Healthy Waters

    What 20 years of data shows and what programs, practices, improvements and continued testing are in place to protect this vital and life-sustaining resource. Don’t let the heading of this issue mislead you. It’s more of a mission and vision statement combined, one born in the earliest years of the 21st century. The seed had […]

  • Portrait of a Remediated Beach

    Egg Harbor Beach is located below a steep embankment where water runoff during rain events gushed freely down the hill, transporting all it encountered along the way into the beach water – fecal bacteria, heavy metals, oils, sediment and the phosphorus that causes algae growth and can result in fish kills. “This was a high […]

  • Two Decades and Counting of Beach Water Monitoring

    We’ve come a long way, baby It’s not uncommon today for recreational swimmers and beachgoers to check online to learn about the health of the beach they’re intending to visit to learn if there are advisories or closures reported. There are even signs at most beaches to inform beachgoers whether the water is safe for […]

  • Bad Beach Days Aren’t So Bad in Door County

    18 years of beach-water monitoring data shows a few problem beaches, but “remarkably good” water quality overall It may seem like stating the obvious, but the push to keep fecal pathogens out of beach water is because they can make people sick. Decades of epidemiological studies and outbreak investigations like Door County Public Health’s after […]

  • Water on Their Minds: organizations with water quality initiatives or priorities

    What’s the Big Stink? The League of Women Voters Natural Resources Committee The League of Women Voters of Door County (LWVDC) natural resources committee has planned a public forum following six months of study into manure management in Door County and its impact on the health of surface and groundwaters. “The Big Stink: Manure Management […]

  • New Land Trust Acquisition Protects Water Quality, Wildlife

    A new Door County Land Trust property close to the organization’s Three Springs Nature Preserve in Sister Bay provides added insurance for maintaining water quality in the Town of Liberty Grove.  The property includes groundwater springs that are part of the headwaters of Three Springs. Three Springs drains into North Bay, which eventually flows into […]

  • Sustainability One Goal Of Alternative Spring Break

    For the first time, Björklunden hosted Alternative Spring Break, a week for sustainability and stewardship projects for Lawrence University students. From March 18-22, students stayed on the Baileys Harbor campus to enjoy the outdoors and engage in service projects. The design of this experience was a collaborative team effort headed by Second-Year Dean Juan Arguello […]

  • Learn About Heirloom Veggies

    During the next Door County Master Gardeners Educational Series, “Heirloom Biographies,” at 6:30 pm Thursday, April 18, Janell Wehr will explore different varieties of vegetables – from the father of the modern tomato to Wisconsin’s Beaver Dam peppers to Picha potatoes.  The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be live-streamed at […]

  • Four Days, Four Locations for Earth Day Celebration

    Four days of “Every Day is Earth Day” events, kicking off on Thursday, April 18, and taking place at multiple locations, are centered around the theme of “Energy – Making it and Saving it.”  The event features tree plantings, an energy forum and a two-location festival, and wraps with an open mic session. Admission is […]

  • Growing a Greener Door County

    2024 Big Plant community planting dates announced Spring fever for the Climate Change Coalition of Door County (CCC) comes with a hankering to get thousands of additional trees into the peninsula’s earth.  They are not the only ones. The fourth annual Door County Big Plant is underway, a collaborative effort among the CCC and the […]

  • Sign Up For Invasive Species Removal On Private Properties

    The Door County Invasive Species Team is preparing for another season battling nonnative, invasive plants, but needs property owners’ consent for access to land.  On its home page,, property owners can find the “permission forms” pull-down for various types of invasive species. Deadlines for the forms are as follows: phragmites and wild parsnip due […]

  • No-Mow May And Spring Cleanup In Egg Harbor

    Together with Lawrence University and cities across Wisconsin, the Village of Egg Harbor Green Tier Taskforce invites residents to park their lawn mowers and feed the first pollinators of the season during No-Mow May.  After signing up by emailing [email protected], residents are welcome to visit the Kress Pavilion Maker Space and decorate a sign.  The […]