The new DNR priorities

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Re: The new DNR priorities

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby gargantua » Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:38 am

It's amazing how fast the GOP can ruin a state, once it gets rolling.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:10 am

The DNR recently released an audit showing that CAFOs are contaminating groundwater in some parts of Wisconsin. DNR officials are shocked!
Members of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ policy-making board were surprised and disappointed by an audit that cited serious shortcomings in state enforcement of water pollution laws, chairman Terry Hilgenberg said Tuesday in his first public comments on the study.

You're surprised that cutting back on enforcement leads to less enforcement? The only surprising thing about this is that the DNR actually released the audit at all.
“We want to have a dialog with the secretary to say, ‘What are we going to do about all this stuff to make sure it’s not going to happen in the future?’” Hilgenberg said.

What an idiot. Of course we're going to let this stuff happen in the future. What part of this "groundwater doesn't pay taxes" don't you understand?
The DNR didn’t meet its goals for inspections and failed to document that it took any action for months or even years in five incidents where monitoring wells showed feedlots were contaminating groundwater with substances harmful to human health, auditors said.

Of they didn't meet their goals.
“I can tell you the DNR board is steaming mad,” Cowles [R-Green Ba] said last week. “This was a surprise to them. Three of them called me, and a lot of my constituents did, too.”

Are those those the same constituents who voted for Walker and a Republican majority in the legislature? What did they expect?

WORT's Public Affair program has has some good discussions of these issues

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby snoqueen » Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:50 am

Next up: Walker abolishes the natural resources board.

I can kinda understand why. They seem not to have read any news or independent reporting over the last half decade.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:36 pm

Board asks why DNR hasn't fixed water pollution flaws

Short answer, because the DNR leadership doesn't want to.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby gargantua » Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:12 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:The fire sale of DNR land continues.

Wisconsin DNR identifies 128 properties to sell, 12 in Dane County

Further evidence that the damage Walker and his minions are doing to our state is pretty irreversible.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:35 pm

The money will be used to pay off debt for the the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

So the plan is: buy some land; then sell that land so you can buy some other land. Then sell that land so you can by a third property. Is that it?

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby gargantua » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:48 pm

DCB wrote:
The money will be used to pay off debt for the the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

So the plan is: buy some land; then sell that land so you can buy some other land. Then sell that land so you can by a third property. Is that it?

They're selling the land to pay off the debt. They won't be buying any other land. Land belongs to rich people and developers who can afford it, not the public. That's the ideology at work here. It's like privatizing prisons,or education. They worship the private sector. And they should, since it bought them their jobs.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby snoqueen » Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:12 pm

Land belongs to rich people and developers who can afford it, not the public. That's the ideology at work here. It's like privatizing prisons,or education.


Land belongs to rich people and developers who can afford it, and apparently so do our water resources. For other people, let them drink Dasani, and let them wash in it as well.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:54 am

gargantua wrote:
DCB wrote:
The money will be used to pay off debt for the the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

So the plan is: buy some land; then sell that land so you can buy some other land. Then sell that land so you can by a third property. Is that it?

They're selling the land to pay off the debt. They won't be buying any other land.

Does that mean they're going to start selling off the roads, and stop building new roads?

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Zoti Bemba » Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:32 pm

Sure, why not? Soon there will be drones to deliver everything rich people need by air. Roads just give poor people the illusion of freedom and hope that there's a better life waiting just over the horizon. It makes them restless and uppity and independent. Can't have that in a tightly controlled plutocratic America. Freedom's an idea best dished out in patriotic displays and carefully crafted slogans.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:16 pm

Environmentalists challenge DNR sand mine pollution findings

Environmentalists are challenging findings in a new state Department of Natural Resources draft report that sand mining doesn't produce fine dust that can lodge in human lungs.
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Midwest Environmental Advocates maintains the DNR has no evidence to support such an assertion and needs to collect more data.

Maybe this has something to do with it: DNR staffing vacancies rose again last year.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:19 am

Like I said previously, I don't understand why anybody is 'shocked' to find environmental regulations are not being enforced. Under Walker, the shit keeps flying
Responding to strong complaints from Wisconsin’s dairy industry, the state Department of Natural Resources quietly narrowed the scope of rules it is writing to reduce health hazards from hundreds of millions of gallons of manure spread on farm fields each year.


Come to Wisconsin - now with 20% more E.coli!

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Zoti Bemba » Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:55 pm

A poetic summation:

Michigan Water Contains Lead. Wisconsin Water Contains Manure.
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a47301/scott-walker-wisconsin-manure-water/


Scientists! We don't need no stinking scientists!
Public input! We don't need no public imput!
Local control? We don't need no local control!
...etc., etc...


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