Wisconsin DNR forced to face reality that water flows through the ground

A quick note from the Friends of Central Sands, who recently won on the issue of cumulative effects of high capacity wells.  The DNR's inability to consider these effects in well permitting has been a sore point of the new "business-friendly" DNR, and I'm happy to see this practice change.

Coloma – An administrative law judge issued a decision this week finding that the DNR must consider the cumulative impacts of groundwater pumping when considering new high-capacity well permits. 

The ruling came in a case brought by Friends of the Central Sands (FOCS) and others challenging a well permit for the proposed Richfield Dairy concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Adams County.  The DNR had said it lacked authority to take the impacts of existing and future wells into account when issuing new high-capacity well permits.

Sporting Heritage Grant Rigged - League of Conservation Voters


For Immediate Release: August 29, 2013

Contact: Anne Sayers, Program Director, 608 208-1129 (direct), 608-658-0186 (cell), anneatconservationvoters [dot] org

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Government Handout to Political Front Group Cheats Wisconsin’s Authentic Hunting Organizations
Statement of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is committed to protecting and fostering Wisconsin’s proud hunting heritage by advocating on behalf of Wisconsin’s sportsmen and women. We support hunter education and training. We support the concept of the Sporting Heritage Grant. What we do not support is a rigged process for awarding the grant that reeks of cronyism.

Wisconsin Democratic Party calls for independent review of Walker admin interfering with DNR

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
CONTACT: Melissa Baldauff
(414) 367-7350; melissabatwisdems [dot] org

Wisconsin Democrats Call For Independent Review of Potential Scott Walker Interference in DNR Investigation


MADISON -- The Democratic Party of Wisconsin today called for an independent review of whether or not Scott Walker's administration unlawfully interfered in a Department of Natural Resources lawsuit at the behest of a longtime Republican political fixer.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported on April 2nd that the Madison-Kipp Corp. had asked Walker's office to interfere in a lawsuit filed by neighbors of the company's plant on the East Side of Madison.
Longtime Republican operative Ray Taffora, who has represented other polluter companies, appealed on the company's behalf to Walker's office, according to a court deposition. In the same deposition, it was reported that a longtime regulator threatened to quit the DNR if pressure from the governor's office warped environmental enforcement action.
According to the State Journal, the 30-year veteran testified that "he could recall no instance where a company went to the governor's office" complaining about a regulatory decision.
In a letter sent Wednesday to the United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin and the Dane County District Attorney (attached), Chair Mike Tate wrote that, "Citizens are entitled to honest services in their government and I'm writing to urge that you review the actions by the governor's office to ensure that the public interest has been protected...and no state or federal laws have been broken."
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