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a.MKE: Mining Legislation, Energy Drinks & ER visits, Menomonee River & Salmon and Winter Gallery Night 1.17.13

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The DNR has granted the MMSD a permit to remove 1,100 feet of concrete later this year from the bed of the Menomonee River upstream of the Wisconsin Ave. bridge. The concrete channel, added in 1965 as a part of a flood control effort, prohibits salmon, steelhead and walleye from swimming upstream to spawn. The removal of the concrete will allow fishing or just watching spawning runs of these fish from Hart Park in Wauwatosa....all the way to Menomonee Falls.

Doctors are reporting a increasing public health problem....energy drinks. From 2007 to 2011, ER visits nationwide have doubled for teens and young adults seeking treatment after consuming energy drinks. ER physicians said they had seen a clear increase in the number of patients suffering from irregular heartbeats, anxiety and heart attacks who said they had recently downed an energy drink.

As reported by the Milwaukee Business Journal, Republican state legislators announced yesterday that a new mining bill is the first under consideration in the 2013 session. Gov. Scott Walker said the new bill will reform the mining permitting process, while keeping intact the environmental safeguards that protect our air, land and water resources. Clean Wisconsin, a Madison-based environmental advocacy group says the bill will weaken or exempt mining companies from dozens of environmental protections.

Tomorrow, Friday January 18th...is Winter Gallery Night. This quarterly event brings together more than 60 venues showing a variety of contemporary art. If chainsaw art is what you crave, the 10th Annual Sculptures on Ice competition begins at 10 a.m. in the Third Ward. Information about Milwaukee's Winter Gallery Night can be found on our Facebook page.