Issues: Media Reports

DNR to Factory Farms: How Can We Help?

"The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, charged with protecting the state’s environment, is creating a website portal to help large-scale developers and the operators of factory farms.

“The purpose of the [project] will be to assist businesses and other customers through the complicated permitting processes while recognizing internal efficiencies,” states an internal memo obtained by Isthmus through a records request. The DNR says the undated memo was produced in September."

Read the Isthmus article here

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