The new DNR priorities

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:02 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Walker has cancelled the half million dollar giveaway to the "United Sportmen" group. Not only did they lie about their non-profit status, but the group's leader has a previous conviction for illegal hunting in Wisconsin.

Maybe they should give that money to the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. They probably know a lot more about outdoor sports than the "United Sportsmen".

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:17 pm

snoqueen wrote:Now and then we get a peek at Walker's weakness. He wants to run for President so bad it hurts, and if there's something on his record that'll look bad beyond a doubt -- favors to somebody lying about non-profit status comes close -- he caves. Sometimes.

He's trying to walk this fine, fine line between looking as "hard right" as he can and breaking obvious laws to do it. The IRS is a touchy point anyway given the screaming session the Teaps staged about tax regulations a few months ago, so he doesn't want to get too close to that third-rail issue.

He's not making moral judgments, not making judgments to benefit the people of the state -- he's making electability-related judgments, which in this case took precedence over judgments favoring his big donors.

There may be times this weakness can be put to good use.

Walker did the same thing recently when he rescinded Capitol Police Chief Erwin's pay raise that also didn't pass the smell test.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Wino » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:55 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:
snoqueen wrote:Now and then we get a peek at Walker's weakness. He wants to run for President so bad it hurts, and if there's something on his record that'll look bad beyond a doubt -- favors to somebody lying about non-profit status comes close -- he caves. Sometimes.

He's trying to walk this fine, fine line between looking as "hard right" as he can and breaking obvious laws to do it. The IRS is a touchy point anyway given the screaming session the Teaps staged about tax regulations a few months ago, so he doesn't want to get too close to that third-rail issue.

He's not making moral judgments, not making judgments to benefit the people of the state -- he's making electability-related judgments, which in this case took precedence over judgments favoring his big donors.

There may be times this weakness can be put to good use.

Walker did the same thing recently when he rescinded Capitol Police Chief Erwin's pay raise that also didn't pass the smell test.

Erwin still keeps his very generous raise, he only has to forfeit $720 in retroactive pay that he was awarded.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:47 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Walker has cancelled the half million dollar giveaway to the "United Sportmen" group. Not only did they lie about their non-profit status, but the group's leader has a previous conviction for illegal hunting in Wisconsin.

It turns out, he didn't exactly cancel the grant.

Walker’s budget veto removed a provision calling for federal funds to pay for most of the two-year grant, leaving intact language stating that the grant would be paid for with state money.


Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt ... z2eY1PiPL5

The article suggests the sleazy organization would have gotten us into trouble, because it was Federal money. All Walker did was switch the funding to State funds, eliminating that pesky oversight.

Its not clear if the group will still get the money, but the door is still open.

So how are they going to rejigger the State budget to pay for it? My guess is they'll take out of the dwindling Stewardship fund, just to be total dicks.

Even when Walker seems to doing the right thing, he's screwing us over.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby ilikebeans » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:21 pm

Turns out Walker and friends were specifically warned that the grant would violate BOTH state and federal law and make the state ineligible for $28 million in federal wildlife preservation funds.

Sportsmen's grant adopted despite warnings over loss of federal funding

They also just, you know, kinda overlooked telling even fellow Republican legislators:

Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), who sits on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, learned of the letters from a reporter Wednesday. He said he was stunned that the administration didn't tell him about them.

"I'm relatively speechless," Olsen said.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby snoqueen » Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:02 pm

From now on the feds need to separately inform all members of the budget-writing committee, not just the governor or just certain parts of leadership, who we now know will sit on or ignore whatever they find inconvenient.

This would cost little or nothing extra and I cannot imagine why it would be illegal, since the budget is not a secret.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby snoqueen » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:38 am

Walker can't be too upset with Scott Suder for nearly losing the state $28 mil in federal funds.

He just gave Suder an 88% raise in the form of a new job.

Believe it:
http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolit ... 16481.html

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Re: The new DNR priorities

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:01 pm

snoqueen wrote:Walker can't be too upset with Scott Suder for nearly losing the state $28 mil in federal funds.

He just gave Suder an 88% raise in the form of a new job.

Believe it:
http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolit ... 16481.html

Suder turned down the new state job because of all the publicity over the United Sportsmen debacle. The Koch Brothers then stepped in and made sure he got a six figure salary as a lobbyist for the paper industry (think Georgia Pacific).

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:14 am

The Cap Times quoted a Journal Sentinel report:
Number of DNR enforcement cases down

"Environmental enforcement at the Department of Natural Resources under Gov. Scott Walker lags behind past administrations of both parties dating back to 2000, state records show. A former DNR secretary called the drop 'troubling.' George Meyer said that with three years under the helm of Walker, he believes the DNR should be making more progress after an exodus of staff reduced enforcement activity. Meyers' view: The agency seems to be putting less emphasis on enforcement cases."

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:15 pm

Mega-dairy farms. Neighbors vs. fertiziler and feed dealers.

The permit is being challenged by five residents who live near the Kinnard farm. They are being represented by lawyers from the Madison-based environmental law firm, Midwest Environmental Advocates. The petitioners charge that the DNR permitted the expansion without assurances that the farm’s discharges would meet water standards and without allowing sufficient public comment.

The residents also allege that the permit was issued by the agency before the Kinnards had submitted completed plans for the project and that the agency was remiss in not requiring water monitoring as part of the permit.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:15 am

Smart Sand recognized by Wisconsin DNR program despite environmental missteps

An out-of-state frac sand transportation company with an operation in Oakdale, located near Tomah in central Wisconsin, is now participating in a state program that "recognizes and rewards environmental performance," despite being cited two years ago for air pollution violations.
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“Right now in Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, polluters can break the law, get away with a slap on the wrist and then be rewarded,” said Anne Sayers, program director with Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.

An inspection of Smart Sand’s 1,000-acre Oakdale facility in August of 2012 found the company violating seven different compliance standards outlined in its air permits.

Violations ranged from failing to calculate average miles driven by company vehicles daily, monthly and yearly; failing to monitor for particulate matter on a six-day schedule as required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and failing to transport fine sand materials without taking any precautions to control dust. The airborne silica sand dust is a known carcinogen.

“These are serious violations,” Sayers said.

As Walker has been quoted to say: "Wisconsin, open for business." Wide open.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby jonnygothispen » Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:44 am

http://host.madison.com/news/local/writ ... 53d6d.html
... Milk Source first applied to the state DNR for a permit to build two high-capacity wells... on May 4, 2011.

... the DNR approved the permit...

Roughly one month later, four Milk Source employees donated $85,000 to Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign fund on one day...

In all, Milk Source employees have donated $117,000 to Walker between 2010 and the end of 2013.

The most recent donation to Walker, in the amount of $2,500, came April 24 from Milk Source owner James Ostrom...

Six months after Walker’s campaign received the $85,000 in donations, the state Legislature approved and Walker signed a budget that included a provision stating “the failure to consider cumulative effects” when assessing the environmental impacts of a high-capacity well can no longer be grounds for appealing a permit.

...At 7 p.m. on Oct. 14, a public hearing will be held on the new DNR permit request... at the Adams County Community Center, 569 North Cedar Street, in Adams.

The DNR is accepting public comments on the documents from Sept. 25 through Oct. 10. To view the documents, click here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/agbusiness/cafo ... dairy.html

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:10 am

Walker's "business friendly" DNR has allowed many frac sand mining operations throughout the state without much regulation. This is causing health problems for those who live near those open pit mines.

In a raspy voice, longtime family farmer Victoria Trinko spoke alongside environmental advocates and researchers Thursday, detailing how her life has changed in the three shorts years since a frac sand mine began operating within a half mile of her Chippewa County farm.

“I could feel the dust clinging to my face and the grit in my teeth,” Trinko said on a conference call with reporters to release the “Communities at Risk: Frac Sand Mining in the Upper Midwest” report.

By the end of 2012, she was diagnosed with asthma and had started to use an inhaler. She has installed a $1,000 air filtration system in her home. When her daughter visited from Australia, she told her the house smelt like a barn that had just been swept out.

Trinko has not opened the windows of her house since the fall of 2012.

“The billowing of silica sand has not abated since the mine was constructed in 2011. One truck passes down my road every three minutes or less,” she said. “My life has been negatively impacted by this industry. I am resisting the idea of moving. But a person’s life is priceless.”

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:02 pm

DNR not enforcing laws against poaching.

Wisconsin's largest hunting and fishing group on Tuesday said state officials have gone soft on poaching and other conservation enforcement.

Citing statistics showing the state Department of Natural Resources has issued 28 percent fewer conservation violations during the last budget period, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation called on the agency, Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature to get tougher.

Citations for hunting out of season, using illegal deer hunting methods, altering wildlife habitat, unlicensed fishing and drunken boating fell in proportions ranging from 20 percent to 85 percent in 2011-2013 compared to 2003-2010, the federation said in a statement.

“This is a substantial decline in conservation enforcement," federation executive director George Meyer said. "It's a combination of things, including less emphasis in enforcement of conservation laws, reduced funding for conservation warden patrols and increased vacancies in warden positions.”


Maybe Walker is trying to attract votes from the poaching community.


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