Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lee Bergquist

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Past articles by Lee:

Loons could be declining in population in northern Wisconsin. Is it the fish?

A researcher thinks the common loon, a symbol of the north, is in trouble. → Read More

Wisconsin residents travel to Illinois for first day of legalized marijuana

Pot dispensaries opened on Wednesday in Illinois, and they were greeted with long lines of consumers, eager to legally purchase marijuana. → Read More

Woman killed in early morning traffic crash on Milwaukee's north side

Police are investigating the cause of the accident. → Read More

DNR pushes ahead with plans for stricter farming practices to fight nitrate pollution

Nitration contamination is the most prevalent form of groundwater pollution in Wisconsin. → Read More

Study ties well contamination in southwestern Wisconsin to human and livestock sources

The study in southwestern Wisconsin is part of a growing body of research finding widespread well contamination in rural areas due to multiple causes. → Read More

The Milwaukee River basin gets a D on an environmental report card as it grapples with an array of ills

The most acute problems are in the southern portion of the basin in metro Milwaukee → Read More

DNR rejects plan by Johnson Controls over cleanup of 'forever' chemicals on farm fields

DNR officials said the company should oversee the work of a consultant — not the agency. → Read More

UWM receives $10 million donation for new Great Lakes research vessel

UWM's new ship is intended to expand scientific research on the Great Lakes and give students more opportunities to study issues about the lakes. → Read More

Business, nonprofits create foundation to fund upkeep of strapped Milwaukee County parks

County officials want to use a foundation to address a backlog of maintenance needs → Read More

DNR orders Mitchell Airport to cleanup 'forever' chemicals detected in Lake Michigan tributaries

Use of firefighting foam at Mitchell International Airport and military properties has been tied to contaminated stormwater. → Read More

Gov. Tony Evers signs executive order to create task force on climate change

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will lead the task force that is expected to report findings and policy changes by August. → Read More

Sampling finds highest contamination from 'forever chemicals' in a stream near Madison's Truax Field

Some chemicals in the PFAS family may pose increased health risks, such as thyroid disease, low birth weights and cancer. → Read More

Johnson Controls and DNR in flap over cleanup of 'forever' chemicals in Marinette

Johnson Controls says there are other sources of contamination besides the company. → Read More

Last week's big storm caused sewer overflows in portions of Milwaukee and Shorewood

The rains overhwhelmed the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's combined system handling waste and stormwater. → Read More

New plans for the Kletzsch Park dam include smaller footprint, fish passage in the river

The latest plans would appear to keep intact a group of century-old oak trees near the dam and waterfall — a scenic vista that has attracted onlookers for generations. → Read More

Heavy rains prompt MMSD to start overflow to rivers and Lake Michigan Friday morning

Intense rainfall taxed the deep tunnel system, MMSD says. → Read More

Firefighting foam found to have seeped into basement of home in northeast Wisconsin

The finding is the latest pathway that foam from a unit of Johnson Controls International is turning up in the Marinette area. → Read More

MMSD plans sharp jump in capital spending in 2020

The increase in capital spending will be offset by higher debt to lessen the impact on taxpayers. → Read More

Evers administration broadening efforts to regulate 'forever' chemicals in water

The administration wants to set standards for drinking water and surface water, in addition to groundwater. → Read More

Regulators approve massive power line across central and western Wisconsin

The line would carry wind energy from Iowa and other states to Wisconsin, but opponents said the line isn't needed. → Read More