Advisory for Ozone (Orange)
Start Time: 5:30PM CT Tuesday, July 9, 2019 End Time: 9:30PM CT Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Counties: Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha
Meeting 300 miles from affected location —
“It just happened that the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Master Plan was ready for presentation to the board at the August meeting that was already scheduled for Ashland,” Dick said. “There have been similar reverse situations before where an NRB meeting was scheduled for Madison and items on the agenda were of concern for residents in other parts of the state.”
A recent story in the Wisconsin State Journal described how the current leadership of the DNR is hurriedly putting together a reorganization of the department that many fear will reduce the department’s ability to keep tabs on potential polluters. That is coming on top of several laws passed in the state Legislature’s most recent session that will harm our state’s waters.
And that’s on top of a gradual reduction in DNR staff, including educators and foresters, and decimation of the department’s Science Bureau. And that’s still on top of the Walker administration’s directive to the DNR to sell off some of the land preserved by the Knowles-Nelson fund.
Political appointees of the Department of Natural Resources discussed disciplining an employee after she provided public records to a Sheboygan County citizens group fighting plans by the Kohler Co. for a golf course on the shore of Lake Michigan, emails show.
In the view of at least one top official then serving at the DNR, the employee took the extra step of compiling information the group had requested, presumably in a more understandable form, rather than turning over raw data.
The case highlights the sensitivity of open records cases involving the DNR — an agency that under Gov. Scott Walker has come under fire from environmentalists and conservationists for a more pro-business tilt. Walker says the agency enforces all regulations but has sought to rein in what he says is the agency’s overreaching nature.
Environmentalists have sued the DNR twice since December over the length of time they must wait for records they have requested.
Also, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Feb. 5 that the DNR screens and shepherds records requests deemed politically sensitive.
The agreement calls for the DNR to sell 765 feet of frontage on Rest Lake in the Town of Manitowish Water to Elizabeth Uihlein, who with her husband, Richard, has donated nearly $3 million in recent years to the governor.
Big ag in Wisconsin is about to get the biggest special interest gift imaginable at the expense of everyone else downstream – – permanent rights to well water which cannot be regulated by the DNR for the withdrawals’ cumulative effects….
The DNR is considering exempting from regulation a certain kind of dangerous air emission – – very small emitted, so-called fugitive dust particles – – to further help businesses, especially the fast-growing frac sand industry which the agency has previously treated gently.
“The systematic attack on science, clean air and water protected in the public interest by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began when Scott Walker told us he was appointing Cathy Stepp, a right-wing agency critic and property developer to the agency’s top job.”
“Wisconsin families deserve an agency that’s going to look out for the air we breathe, that’s going look out for the water we drink, the places we recreate. And instead, what this is moving us closer to is an agency that looks out for the big corporate polluters,” said Kerry Schumann, executive director of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.
Second, I can’t remember a more Freudian choice of words in this long battle against big-farming manure problems than the farm operator’s accusation that the opponents were running a “smear campaign.”
Wisconsin DNR will continue deer carcass pickup, 13 positions to be cut http://t.co/u5Su3MaHNk pic.twitter.com/tk30hKuY1c — madison.com (@madisondotcom) April 23, 2015
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources disciplined several employees last year for alleged infractions including sexual harassment, running a sex toy business on state time and posting insulting remarks about the public online, agency records show. The records also indicate a ranger was fired for trying to use his badge to…
Cathy Stepp tells panel DNR may sell naming rights to state parks http://t.co/8J77J53vZ3 pic.twitter.com/79gcbcNYA4 — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) March 4, 2015
It’s a public invitation to a scenic spot along The Mississippi River – – which is being kept unspoiled by local citizen action that has barred destructive frac sand mining that Walker and his de-regulation allies are pushing pell-mell across Western Wisconsin, in the Legislature and at his chamber-of-commerce-led DNR, too. Via DNR touts WI…
Via Jury awards $2,500 to hunter who sued DNR warden for wrongful arrest @ JS Proof and Hearsay Blog.
Via Wolf harvest quota surpassed; DNR to close season Friday @ JS On the Trail Blog.
Many times Secretary Cathy Stepp repeated, “The rules have changed, but the tradition remains.” Hunters whom I’ve spoken with wonder if all we’ll have years from now is the fond memory of what used to be Wisconsin’s very equal deer hunting tradition. Many things are changing. New rules could hasten the loss of our populist…
Reports Lundstrom, “the first reports of the spill were announced on Sept. 16, the DNR was saying area residents should not worry about groundwater contamination because the spill had been contained with berms. Eight days later, area residents received a letter from the county Health Department saying they should have their well water tested and…