The new DNR priorities

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby jonnygothispen » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:44 am

Retired scientists from universities and the DNR form "Wisconsin's Green Fire to fill science-driven duties once entrusted to the DNR.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/sto ... rom=global

They plan to testify at hearings, speak to civic groups, give interviews and generally continue the public information work they did during their careers.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Madsci » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:20 pm

Thanks for sharing this information jonny, there is some hope.
On the other hand, who will be the next WI DNR head?

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby jonnygothispen » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:20 pm

So the real problem is that the DNR is actually run by 'squares'...

http://www.salon.com/2017/09/21/people- ... s_partner/

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby jonnygothispen » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:39 am

"Wisconsin lawmakers considering eliminating state air pollution rules"

https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-lawmakers ... tion-rules

Goodbye blue skies, goodbye...

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby david cohen » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:49 am

Now that the DNR isn't responsible for removing deer carcasses from the roadways, they should have plenty of time for other things;)

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:49 pm

Cathy Stepp takes charge of EPA office that is pressuring her DNR

Now that Stepp will heading the EPA's Chicago office, she will have oversight on Wisconsin's enforcement of federal environmental regulations. <Shudder>

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:40 pm

Step 1. eliminate State environmental regulations; "We don't need them because we have Federal regulations".
Step 2. undermine Federal regulations.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:42 am

DNR appeals to reinstate high-capacity pumping from vulnerable aquifers

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has gone to court to reinstate high-capacity well permits that its own experts said would harm vulnerable lakes, streams and drinking water.

The DNR has filed with the state Court of Appeals District 2 in Waukesha to overturn Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn’s ruling in October throwing out eight industrial well permits granted to businesses by the DNR.

Bailey-Rihn ruled that the permits ran afoul of a constitutional provision requiring state government to protect water for the public.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby jman111 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:24 am

"These huge high-cap wells pump millions of gallons of water every day, in an area of the state where streams are drying up and lakes levels are falling," said Katie Nekola, general counsel for Clean Wisconsin.

The case highlights a longstanding controversy over high-capacity wells and their impact on waterways and aquatic life, especially in central Wisconsin.

Under pressure from industrial well users and a Republican-controlled Legislature, the DNR made a policy change in June 2016 that led to the approval of 190 high-capacity well permits in a matter of months. The department had previously been withholding some permit approvals.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states ... rotections

Ensuring the Destruction of Natural Resources to assist corporate/big business profits.

Disgusting.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:46 am

jman111 wrote:Ensuring the Destruction of Natural Resources to assist corporate/big business profits.

That's not very nice. You should think of it as Distribution of Natural Resources - you know, distribute them to the people who get the most value out of them.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby jonnygothispen » Sun May 06, 2018 9:43 am

"Wisconsin approves water pollution permit for 5,800-cow feedlot"
Apr 26, 2018

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... c60e3.html
The Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday announced it has approved a permit for a controversial dairy feedlot that would generate an estimated 95 million gallons of manure and waste water annually in the Sugar River watershed about 40 miles south of Madison.

At least WiSJ got the headline right... for a change.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Cadfael » Sun May 06, 2018 9:57 am

Huh. Well at least they're crapping in the watershed downstream.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Madsci » Sun May 06, 2018 8:40 pm

The crap may flow downstream but a good southerly wind will bring the volatile crap components to the north. This can be enough to contaminate our water in that manner.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:37 pm

Disciplined DNR employee had won leadership award

A Department of Natural Resources employee disciplined for harassing female co-workers at a hotel had previously won the agency's wildlife management leadership award.

The agency initially refused to release details of the incident, saying people make mistakes. The DNR reconsidered after The Associated Press challenged that rationale and released nearly 20 pages of documents Wednesday.

The documents identify the employee as Harvey Halvorsen, winner of the 2017 wildlife management leadership award.

So what did he do to merit that award?

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby gargantua » Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:53 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Disciplined DNR employee had won leadership award

A Department of Natural Resources employee disciplined for harassing female co-workers at a hotel had previously won the agency's wildlife management leadership award.

The agency initially refused to release details of the incident, saying people make mistakes. The DNR reconsidered after The Associated Press challenged that rationale and released nearly 20 pages of documents Wednesday.

The documents identify the employee as Harvey Halvorsen, winner of the 2017 wildlife management leadership award.

So what did he do to merit that award?

File an open records request. I've received a few performance awards in my career, and wrote justifications for awards for some of my staff. There is always written justification, and they are typically approved at each management level up to Division administrators, if not the Secretary. Things have probably changed in the years since I retired, but back around 2010, people who got them earned them. Now? Who knows? Point is, the reason should be in writing. Might not release it if it's deemed a personnel record though.


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