Tag Archives: dnr

BC Organics Bioenergy Digester Proposal In-Progress

The Public Service Commission has approved a $15 million grant for the construction of a bioenergy system in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy-farm manure and other waste, reducing the need to spread raw manure and protecting supplies of groundwater and surface water in northeast Wisconsin, according to a news release. BC Organics’ bioenergy project ... Read More »

Hunters Should Be on High Alert for CWD

A University of Wisconsin-Madison veterinarian has advised hunters to get their harvested deer tested for Chronic Wasting Disease. Currently, Portage County has positive cases of CWD for both wild and captive habitats, increasing the need for hunters to be aware of the disease. While it is still in the peer-review process, a Canadian abstract study found that some primates have ... Read More »

Stepp Appointed to Deputy Administrator of EPA

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary, Cathy Stepp has accepted the position of deputy administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Cathy Stepp, a former Republican state senator, served as the DNR secretary since 2011 being the first woman to hold the position. Prior to that, she represented the state’s 21st Senate District as a Republican from 2003-2007. Stepp will be ... Read More »

Another Day, Another Manure Spill

There was a manure spill six miles south of Manitowoc  on Aug. 7 which went into Pine Creek, and Hochkammer Dairy is being held responsible. Kevin Erb, Conservation Professional Training Program Director for the University of Wisconsin-Extension, coordinates professional training in the areas of water quality and manure management, among others. Erb said, “Manure containers are generally made from steel ... Read More »

Wisconsin Legislature Attempting to End Mining Moratorium

A bill is being discussed in Wisconsin legislature that would pave the way for new mining operations. Environmental activists oppose the bill. The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Rob Hutton of Hazelhurst and Brookfield, respectively. If passed, it would remove a 20 year old moratorium on sulfide mining. Amber Meyer Smith, Director of Programs and Government ... Read More »

Elk Released Near Clam Lake Wisconsin

This July, 31 elk were released near Clam Lake, Wisconsin for the first time in more than 20 years. The recent elk release is part of an effort which began in 1995 to reestablish elk in the region. European settlement drove elk from the state in the 1800s through over-hunting and habitat loss. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources believes ... Read More »

Isherwood and Local Drainage Board Are Going To Court

The Portage County Drainage Board and the Isherwood Family Farm will soon go to court after a dispute over the creation of a trout habitat in the Isherwood Lateral. Land owner, Donald Isherwood’s plan was to alter his drainage ditch by adding downed coniferous trees and other debris. In addition to creating a trout habitat, the debris was also intended ... Read More »

High-Capacity Wells, Low-Regulation Legislation

On Wednesday, April 5 the Wisconsin state senate handed a bill to the state assembly which, if passed, will allow repair, replacement, or change in ownership of high-capacity wells without state approval. According to the Wisconsin DNR website, “Wisconsin Administrative Code defines a high capacity well system as one or more wells, drillholes or mine shafts on a property that ... Read More »

Wisconsin DNR Website Omits Humans as Cause of Climate Change

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has removed any mention of human-caused climate change from their website. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believes these changes were made around Dec. 21 of 2016. One of the most prevalent changes in language on the DNR website takes place on a page which was previously titled, “Climate Change and Wisconsin’s Great Lakes.” Now the ... Read More »

Frac Sand Mining: Some Residents Cannot Sand It

On Nov. 22 Winona County in Minnesota voted to ban frac sand mining. Sand mining is the procedure of extracting specific sand types for use in hydraulic fracturing in the western United States. Frac sand mines are found throughout southwestern Wisconsin and neighboring parts of Minnesota. While there are no active sand mining sites in Portage County, neighboring Wood county is ... Read More »