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DNR Environmental Arm to be Shifted to Unit Intended to Assist Businesses

"In a plan outlined to employees Tuesday afternoon, the DNR would consolidate many responsibilities for water and air pollution into a single division and streamline other areas.

Some hot-button topics would be placed in a separate unit known as "business support and external services."

Those include zoning near shorelines, dam safety, wetlands protection and runoff pollution, including runoff from farms.

In Wisconsin, shoreland zoning, runoff pollution caused by manure and fertilizers applied to crops, and development near wetlands have often been the most divisive.

These functions are housed under the DNR's water division, which is being jettisoned."

Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article here