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The new DNR priorities

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby SidSeven » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:33 am

The New DNR must stand for 'Damn! No Republicans!' Let's rip it up, scoop it up,drill it up, and sell it off! The only ones who will care are the Democrats.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:25 am

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D) is proposing regulations to control frac-sand mining. Anyone think it will pass the Republican controlled Legislature? And if by some remote chance it did, would Walker sign the bill into law?
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby SidSeven » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:27 am

Henry Vilas wrote:State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D) is proposing regulations to control frac-sand mining. Anyone think it will pass the Republican controlled Legislature? And if by some remote chance it did, would Walker sign the bill into law?


Nope. Most people don't even know or care about ....-sand mining.

I'd rather see sand mining than iron mining, but I'm opposed to 'Fracking' on general common sense. Messing with underground systems is fraught with peril, just check out Louisiana & salt domes.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:55 pm

Detritus wrote:
snoqueen wrote:We can test one hypothesis right now: what donations did Kipp officials make in the last election cycle?

Since 1990, Madison Kipp (primarily Coleman Reed) has contributed $33,850 to political candidates. Each donation has been relatively small, and gone to Republican candidates ranging from Dane County pols (Jonathon Barry, Nancy Mistele, Tom Metcalfe) to statewide (John Gard, Scott Jensen, Scott McCallum). Walker, Van Hollen, and Stepp are all on there (Walker: $850 in three donations; Van Hollen: $1,100 in six donations; Stepp: $1,000 in one donation, so $2,950 in all). The big winner: Tommy Thompson, with $9,000 in 14 donations, all made throughout the 1990s.

Otherwise, bits of money to other folks like Pat Roggensack, Biskupic, Crooks, etc. You can see it all here.

It looks like those donations might have paid off for Kipp.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is calling for prosecutors to review an incident in which a company allegedly pressured Gov. Scott Walker's administration to interfere in an environmental investigation and a lawsuit filed by neighbors of Madison-Kipp Corp.

In a letter to be sent Wednesday, the party asks U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne to examine the actions of Ray Taffora, a former deputy state attorney general who supervised environmental enforcement for the state Department of Justice. Taffora now represents the East Side metal parts fabricator.

The State Journal reported April 2 that Madison-Kipp, through Taffora, had pressured Walker's office to intervene in a Department of Natural Resources investigation and citizen lawsuit stemming from soil and water pollution from the plant. A DNR regulator said in an affidavit that he had never experienced such interference in 30 years with the agency.

Madison-Kipp, Taffora and Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie did not comment for the story, which was based on documents filed in U.S. District Court in Madison.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:12 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D) is proposing regulations to control frac-sand mining. Anyone think it will pass the Republican controlled Legislature? And if by some remote chance it did, would Walker sign the bill into law?

Here is a follow-up article, this time from the Cap Times.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:53 pm

Holy shit!

A group of residents fighting the growth of industrial farms in central Wisconsin is seeking to halt a practice by the big farms they say poses serious health threats: the application of liquid manure through aerial spraying.


Now, you might be thinking, that seems pretty icky. Do I have to put up with this shit? The Walker administration says: don't stand in the way of progress.
State Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp and Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel recently wrote to the leaders of the Wisconsin Towns Association and Wisconsin Counties Association asking them not to discourage use of aerial manure application, despite health concerns.


What could possibly go wrong?
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:11 pm

From the Penokee Hills thread. It bears repeating here. Thanks, sno.

snoqueen wrote:And public access to regulatory information may not be as clear as one would wish, either. Maybe we were too optimistic upthread.

Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills...gleefully accepted $467,293 from the mining industry.

No coincidence the partisan mining laws mean the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources can't shut the project down in an emergency, can't insist on access to company property or facilities, can't demand that the company produce test results, or core samples, instead the neutered agency can only review what the company wishes to provide.


That's from
http://political-capital.blogspot.com/
which is an interesting read in itself.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby snoqueen » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:07 pm

Read Donald's reply to my posting in the same Penokee Hills thread. Apparently there's a way to leverage federal regulations against some of this, in somewhat the same way we've had to go to the federal court system with some other Walker laws.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:43 am

Divided state Supreme Court limits DNR power

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled against the state Department of Natural Resources in a case that could set a precedent for how much power the DNR has over setting lake water levels.

The case began in 2005 when the DNR rejected a request from the Rock-Koshkonong Lake District to raise water levels 7.2 inches on Lake Koshkonong, a 10,500 acre lake near Fort Atkinson.

The DNR argued raising the levels would worsen shore erosion and cause a loss of wetland habitat at the lake.

But the Supreme Court said Tuesday in a 4-3 decision that the DNR wrongly excluded testimony on the economic impact of lower water levels at the lake. Many in the area argued higher lake levels would increase tourism.


Even when the DNR tried to protect the environment, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that tourism is more important.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:47 am

DNR wants to fast-track Columbia County shooting range

The recently passed state budget eliminates hundreds of DNR positions, but a shooting range is still a priority.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:53 pm

The DNR kills Bambi.

Public relations flacks are notorious for trying to bury embarrassing news in Friday evening press releases, but that time of day turns out to be a favored time for squelching public feedback as well. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in the face of an online maelstrom of criticism over a SWAT-style raid on an animal shelter near Kenosha that ended with the killing of a fawn, shut down its Facebook page just as the weekend was starting.

It all started on Monday, July 15, when the St. Francis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a no-kill shelter in Bristol, was raided by the DNR. A total of 13 law enforcement officers -- nine DNR agents and four sheriff's deputies, as reported by shelter staff -- arrived to execute a warrant to confiscate and destroy a fawn, named Giggles, that was delivered to St. Francis Society by an Illinois family.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby GordonFreeman » Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:06 pm

It's not just Bears (long s like Colbert does it) we should be afraid of, but Deers too.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:28 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:The DNR kills Bambi.

Public relations flacks are notorious for trying to bury embarrassing news in Friday evening press releases, but that time of day turns out to be a favored time for squelching public feedback as well. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in the face of an online maelstrom of criticism over a SWAT-style raid on an animal shelter near Kenosha that ended with the killing of a fawn, shut down its Facebook page just as the weekend was starting.

It all started on Monday, July 15, when the St. Francis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a no-kill shelter in Bristol, was raided by the DNR. A total of 13 law enforcement officers -- nine DNR agents and four sheriff's deputies, as reported by shelter staff -- arrived to execute a warrant to confiscate and destroy a fawn, named Giggles, that was delivered to St. Francis Society by an Illinois family.


Not really a new priority though is it? CWD rules have been in place for years, as has the law baring possession of wild animals. If the shelter wasn't aware of either of those rules, they have no business taking in animals in the first place.

On the other hand not sure what they though Bambi was packing that called for the big guns. You'ed think a single game warden could handle this type of issue. Unless St. Francis Society has some kind of history of ignoring the law and refusing to comply with DNR orders.

Maybe all the other guys were just there to provide hugs for the guy stuck with the job of killing bambi?
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:28 am

The Wisconsin Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program was originally established in 1989 and named for former governors Warren Knowles (R) and Gaylord Nelson (D), but is slowly being dismantled by the present Republican administration.

The state Department of Natural Resources' board is set to discuss a multitude of changes to the agency's stewardship program this week.

The stewardship program authorizes the DNR to borrow money for land purchases, boat landing repair, property development and grants to conservancy organizations. Republicans have been critical of the program, saying it's running up massive debt.

The state budget Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed in June reduced the program's borrowing authorization by millions of dollars. The spending plan also prohibits the DNR from buying any land outside existing project boundaries and directs the agency to sell 10,000 acres by mid-2017.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:44 am

The Stewardship Fund is being shortchanged and the DNR will be selling off land, but money for a gun range is in the budget.

DNR picks 7 possible sites for public shooting range in Columbia County

The sites, mapped out Monday morning for the Columbia County Board’s public safety committee, are:

•The Peter Helland Wildlife Area, in the town of Springvale, off Sawyer Road.

•The Jennings Creek Wildlife Area, in the town of Springvale, near Doyle Road.

•The Mud Lake Wildlife Area, in the town of Lowville, off Conservation Road.

•The Mud Lake Wildlife Area, off Hagen Road.

•Hinkson Creek Fishery Area, in the town of Dekorra, off McMillan Road.

•The Rowan Creek Fishery Area, in the town of Dekorra, off Columbia County Highway CS.

•The Dekorra Public Hunting Grounds, in the town of Dekorra, near where Columbia County V meets Interstate 39/90/94.
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