The new DNR priorities

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby jonnygothispen » Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:50 pm

http://wisconsingazette.com/2016/08/11/ ... mp-ticket/

Cathy Stepp, appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to head the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is working to promote Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

The DNR chief appeared onstage at the Waukesha County Expo Center on July 27 to stump for Trump during a rally for running mate Mike Pence. Both are climate-change deniers and strong opponents of environmental regulations and conservation.
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Stepp, who came to the job without a college education or experience involving natural resource management and environmental law, is considered by critics to be a puppet for real estate developers and polluting industries.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby jonnygothispen » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:08 am

http://www.wisfarmer.com/story/opinion/ ... /89006424/

Letter to the Editor: Water quality in crisis
Wisconsin State Farmer


Here in very pastoral Lafayette County, our private wells are increasingly testing high in nitrates and over 25 percent show undrinkable levels of bacteria. Like devastated Kewaunee County, where over 34 percent of tested private wells are undrinkable, and the public schools are now offering residents water from public kiosks, we live at a dangerous intersection. Our land is sited on extremely porous fractured bedrock, or karst, geology and we are very agriculturally dependent. In an era of ever-expanding industrial animal operations...

... here is the message that the Dairy Business Association delivered in July to the DNR when the agency responded to the water quality crisis in Kewaunee County by suggesting special rules governing manure spreading on porous shallow-soiled landscapes: “preserving water quality is simply too expensive to the dairy industry.”

Subsequently, the Natural Resources Board, which supervisors the DNR, chose to support these industrial ag interests over the recommendations of DNR scientists, and firmly set a course for water degradation in this state.

...last week Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel replaced the head of the Department of Justice’s Environmental Unit with David Ross, a lawyer with a long history of defending big business against environmental regulations... The staff of the Environmental Unit is currently at a 25-year-low, and last year fines against polluters were at the lowest level since since 1994. Meanwhile, Schimel recently created a five-lawyer office at the DOJ tasked with fighting the federal government on issues like climate change and water quality.

~ Kriss Marion

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby gargantua » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:48 am

This is what open for business looks like.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby jonnygothispen » Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:36 pm

https://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspo ... s-dnr.html

The purge continues at Walker's DNR
Yeah, who needs a 37-year Wisconsin wildlife veteran:

[Tom] Hauge, who served as the DNR's director of wildlife for the last 25 years, was informed Sept. 19 by division administrator Sanjay Olson that he was being reassigned in early October to a district wildlife supervisor position.
The job would be a demotion for Hauge in both authority and pay.
Rather than take it, he exercised his option to retire.
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After two recent, high-ranking staff departures - - and a host of legal, program and policy changes in state government which have put Wisconsin air, water and land at risk since Gov. Walker's inauguration in January, 2011 - - I thought it was time to get a closer look inside the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:35 pm

Federal regulators plan to review DNR water enforcement

DNR spokesman Jim Dick called the review standard procedure, although in some instances such reviews have resulted in the EPA stripping states of authority to enforce federal regulations.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby gargantua » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:53 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Federal regulators plan to review DNR water enforcement

DNR spokesman Jim Dick called the review standard procedure, although in some instances such reviews have resulted in the EPA stripping states of authority to enforce federal regulations.

DNR, or any other state agency spokespersons, are nothing more than taxpayer-funded spin doctors. This started long before Walker but it's gotten even worse now. DNR isn't doing its job. I hope the Feds bring the hammer down.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby MPMay » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:53 am

jonnygothispen wrote:https://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-purge-continues-at-walkers-dnr.html

The purge continues at Walker's DNR
Yeah, who needs a 37-year Wisconsin wildlife veteran:

[Tom] Hauge, who served as the DNR's director of wildlife for the last 25 years, was informed Sept. 19 by division administrator Sanjay Olson that he was being reassigned in early October to a district wildlife supervisor position.
The job would be a demotion for Hauge in both authority and pay.
Rather than take it, he exercised his option to retire.
...
After two recent, high-ranking staff departures - - and a host of legal, program and policy changes in state government which have put Wisconsin air, water and land at risk since Gov. Walker's inauguration in January, 2011 - - I thought it was time to get a closer look inside the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


The DNR dumped Hauge even though he was going to retire within a year. Oh yeah, they also did it while he was recovering from back surgery.

I'm guessing the GOPers wanted to wait to can him right after a death in the family, but everbody seemed healthy so there was no certainty when that might happen.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/sports/recr ... 50ef9.html

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby snoqueen » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:46 pm

That's a depressing story about how decades of public service and accumulated knowledge are being flushed down the drain. Here's a takeaway quote from the linked article:

He also said scientific management became more difficult after governors began appointing the DNR secretary and top DNR executives.

“It’s much harder under the current system to bring scientific conviction, perspectives and leadership to bear,” Hauge said. “We have to do the best we can.”


He goes on to expand that comment in the context of CWD and human exposure to CWD.

Makes me glad I'm a vegetarian, though who knows what if any exposure to CWD pathogens is safe?

Easier to just pretend it's a non issue.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:18 pm

DNR to alter handling of pollution, parks, enforcement

Creating a certification program aimed at placing more responsibility on private contractors in the writing of permits governing lakefront construction and water pollution discharges from animal feedlots.

Reducing the number of armed rangers with arrest powers in state parks.

Reevaluating resources going to some state wildlife areas, selling off aging heavy equipment, and narrowing job duties of front-line personnel.

Distributing what remains of the department's science research bureau among several divisions.


The headline said the DNR is handling the above. I say it is gutting them.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Cadfael » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:46 pm

Well if you handle fewer things, you've altered the way you handle things.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Zoti Bemba » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:11 pm

Or no longer handling them at all would also count as altering the way you handle things.

In this case you could call it "Passing the CWD-infected buck."

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby david cohen » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:19 pm

If you think for a nano-second that Trump's EPA is going to tell Walker's DNR or DOJ to enforce jack shit.....you haven't been paying attention.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:48 am

DNR breakup plan called a boon to polluters

A sweeping plan drawn up in Wisconsin’s Republican- controlled Legislature would scatter Department of Natural Resources parks, forestry, environmental, hunting and fishing programs among three existing agencies and two new ones.

The proposal’s sponsor provided scant specific reasons for seeking the change except to say he wants to help business operators and outdoors enthusiasts who have told him the DNR “is just not working in its current form.”

But the director of the state’s largest federation of outdoors groups said breaking up the DNR would endanger outdoor recreation, escalate costs to taxpayers, and further weaken the state’s faltering protections for air and water quality.


Just another excuse to gut environmental protection.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:59 am

Newspapers use the euphemism "business-friendly". Another term would be "citizen hostile" - higher fees, shittier parks, more pollution.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby dooley » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:08 am

Geeze, just give it a chance. It's not like losing the Dept of Commerce has really had an adverse affect on the state, right? What could go wrong?


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