Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Laura Schulte

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wausau, WI, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

Wisconsin has a problem with lead pipes. This 'accelerator' program might help get rid of them faster.

The EPA chose Wisconsin as one of four states for its first lead accelerator program. Here's what that means. → Read More

With two new members, and one conflict in the past, here's the Natural Resources Board

The seven-member board sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources → Read More

Man who died after trading fire with police in Madison Kwik Trip was wanted for homicide

The man who died after exchanging gunfire with Madison police inside of a Kwik Trip has been identified as a man wanted by police in a homicide. → Read More

Over 2 inches of rain in Milwaukee leads to combined sewer release

MMSD started an overflow just after 11 a.m. Monday after over 2 inches of rain fell in some areas of the city. → Read More

Evers hopes to address 'forever chemicals,' conserve land, protect the Great Lakes in his newest budget proposal

Besides money to find and fix PFAS contamination, there are plans for state parks, Great Lakes erosion, conservation, farming and climate change. → Read More

Beer and booze delivered to your home? It's possible under a new bill in the state Legislature

A bipartisan bill would allow customers to order alcohol for delivery or curbside pick-up from licensed retailers if approved. → Read More

Rep. Dan Knodl wins Republican primary for crucial 8th Senate District seat

Dan Knodl beat out Republican challengers Janel Brandtjen and Van Mobley and will advance to the April election against Democrat Jodi Habush Sinykin. → Read More

Fish may carry higher levels of PFAS than drinking water. Here's what you should know about it.

PFAS can easily accumulate in fish because they spend their entire life in water. → Read More

These 3 bills from a bipartisan group of lawmakers seek to improve Wisconsin's water quality

Bills from a bipartisan group of lawmakers are aimed at improving Wisconsin's water quality, especially when it comes to nitrate and salt pollution. → Read More

New DNR Secretary calls on Legislature to 'step up' in protecting the state's waters

Adam Payne, in his first public appearance before the Natural Resources Board, said Wisconsin needs to catch up to other state on water protection. → Read More

'Forever chemicals' in freshwater fish more risky than those in drinking water, study says

Eating one locally caught freshwater fish can equal drinking 'forever chemical' contaminated water for a month, a study on PFAS, PFOS found. → Read More

'Forever chemicals' in Great Lakes fish more risky than PFAS in drinking water, study says

A study published in Environmental Research finds consuming freshwater fish leads to more PFAS in the human body than drinking water. → Read More

'Forever chemicals' from Marinette firefighting foam plant are in Lake Michigan, UW researchers find

UW researchers have been able to trace PFAS found in Bay of Green Bay back to the Tyco Fire Products facility in Marinette. → Read More

Tony Evers names Sheboygan County Administrator Adam Payne as the next leader of the Department of Natural Resources

Payne, who served as the Sheboygan County executive for 24 years, will succeed Preston Cole as DNR secretary in Tony Evers' cabinet. → Read More

A 'complete and utter shock': Wells in an Oneida County town have 'forever chemicals' 160 times over state standards

Private wells in the town of Stella tested positive for high levels of PFAS; residents are unable to safely drink the water. → Read More

Testing for 'forever chemicals' lacking for tribal water systems

A study by researchers at the PFAS Project Lab found the EPA has sampled tribal water systems at a lower rate than non-tribal systems. → Read More

Secretary Karen Timberlake steps down from Department of Health Services

Karen Timberlake is stepping down from the agency after overseeing the state's vaccine rollout and response to monkeypox → Read More

Kewaunee County dairy farmer, 2 others charged with over-spreading manure, falsifying documents

So much manure was spread that Lake Michigan tributaries had E. coli readings 100 times higher than the levels that would close a public beach. → Read More

Shooting outside Capitol building leaves one injured; suspect still at large

A series of shots were fired half a block from the Capitol building Tuesday afternoon on State Street in Madison. → Read More

Preston Cole to step down as secretary of Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources

Preston Cole oversaw the Wisconsin DNR's renewed focus on the impacts of climate change and oversaw measures to ensure clean drinking water in the state. → Read More