PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 

Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 

Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Doyle: Hands Off Our Water

May 28, 2008

Madison, WI - Doyle says "Hands Off Our Water." That's the message sent by Wisconsin Governor James Doyle, Jr., as he signed the "Great Lakes Compact" Tuesday. It's an agreement covering eight states and two Canadian provinces and meant to protect the fresh water from being diverted to other areas.

Keith Reopelle, director of Clean Wisconsin, says state-specific rules approved by the Governor mean the state can step in right away.

"New and increased withdrawals of over a million gallons of water per day would trigger the requirement for a permit to make sure that taking that amount would not cause any significant adverse impact to the environment."
Reopelle says the Compact is a major step toward preserving the environmental, industrial, and quality-of-life standards that everyone in the Great Lakes region now enjoys. Critics of the deal say decisions about water usage should be made locally, not based on regional guidelines.

Reopelle's group and others have been working since 2001 to get the Great Lakes Compact approved in Wisconsin. Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are still debating the Compact.

"Of course we want the other states to pass it, and Congress to pass it as well, to fully protect the Great Lakes."

More information on Clean Wisconsin is available online at

Jim Mishler/Steve Powers, Public News Service - WI