Tag Archive | "Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources"

Mega-dairy’s growth plans hotly debated


A four-day hearing on challenges to the expansion of a Kewaunee County mega-dairy illustrated deep divisions, ranging from neighbors who shared fears of polluted wells and illness to fertilizer and feed dealers who showed up to express their support of big farms.

Disputed expansion of dairy watched for statewide impact


In a Green Bay hearing beginning Tuesday, a controversial attempt to expand a dairy farm set to become the fifth largest in Wisconsin will be challenged in a case that could have a far-reaching impact on how Wisconsin regulates industrial-size livestock farms.

DNR vacancies hinder CAFO enforcement


Water-quality advocates say the state Department of Natural Resources’ regulation of large farms, known as concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs, is too lax. DNR acknowledges low staffing levels have strained enforcement efforts, and described the program.

State spending now an open book


The OpenBook Wisconsin site isn’t perfect. But it is a neat tool — providing, as Walker says, “greater access and transparency in our expenditures as a critical component of fostering (public) engagement.”

State pays scofflaws over hound deaths


From 2004-2013, the DNR’s wolf depredation program approved nearly $390,000 in payments for lost hunting dogs. The deaths typically occur when hounds with electronic tracking collars are released to hunt or pursue other animals, especially bears.

Frac sand health fears rise as mining booms in Wisconsin


Like some other west-central Wisconsin residents, Frances and Dean Sayles are frustrated with the state Department of Natural Resources’ lack of a comprehensive approach to addressing concerns surrounding potential health problems from crystalline silica dust. Now some residents, academics, local government officials and even a frac sand producer have begun taking action.

Prions — in plants? New concern for chronic wasting disease


By Ron Seely
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Prions — the infectious, deformed proteins that cause chronic wasting disease in deer — can be taken up by plants such as alfalfa, corn and tomatoes, according to new research from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison.
The research further demonstrated that stems and leaves from tainted plants were [...]

In Penokees camp, tribes flex treaty muscles to block mine


Tribal officials and a treaty law expert say the Iron County camp, dubbed a harvest camp by Ojibwe, or Chippewa, lays the foundation for a possible legal case invoking their federal treaty rights.

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