Environment Category Archive


  • Robin Vos Definitely Not Helping Address Climate Change Crisis He Thinks Might Exist

    Robin Vos acknowledged climate change “probably” exists but, despite overwhelming peer reviewed scientific evidence of human impact, he has “no idea why it is occurring.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/31/2019
  • Spencer Black: Degrading Our Waterways Part of Scott Walker’s Legacy

    A recent audit found that the Walker administration failed to follow enforcement policies against polluters more than 94 percent of the time. Under Walker, referrals for legal action against polluters have been...

    Capital Times, 07/03/2018
  • Gov. Scott Walker Is Asking the State Natural Resources Board to Quickly Approve a Land Easement of Nearly 21,000 Acres in Northwest Wisconsin’s Sawyer County.

    Walker made the surprise announcement Friday, May 11, at the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Convention in Green Bay… The governor’s office says the largely forested landscape in the towns of Winter and Draper...

    Sawyer County Record, 05/13/2018
  • Walker Seeks Tougher Rules on Deer Chronic Wasting Disease

    Gov. Scott Walker directed state agencies Wednesday to develop emergency regulations requiring captive deer farms to upgrade fencing and restricting deer movement in an effort to slow the spread of chronic wasting...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/03/2018
  • EPA Dramatically Narrows Areas of Wisconsin That Will Face Tougher Regulations for Smog

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sided with Wisconsin officials by sharply limiting areas that will come under stricter federal ozone regulations to small strips of land along Lake Michigan. The agency’s...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/01/2018
  • Walker, Environmentalists, Spar Over Wider Review Of Lake Diversion Plan

    Gov. Scott Walker is throwing cold water on a request to have all the Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces review a Lake Michigan diversion plan that would help the planned...

    NPR, 04/20/2018
  • Scott Walker Signs Law Changing Managed Forest Program

    Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation on Thursday that will allow landowners to keep the public from using more of their forest property while still receiving a break on their property tax. Senate...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/14/2018
  • Scott Walker Signs Law Changing Managed Forest Program

    Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation on Thursday that will allow landowners to keep the public from using more of their forest property while still receiving a break on their property tax. Senate...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/14/2018
  • Michael Screnock’s Work Defending Didion, Dairy Producers Draws Fire From Liberal, Conservation Groups

    Joanna Beilman-Dulin at One Wisconsin Now said voters should not trust a candidate who has sided with “big corporate polluters and recklessly unsafe employers.”

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/29/2018
  • Foxconn Plant Would Add to Air Pollution in Wisconsin

    Foxconn’s most significant air pollutants would be volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides, according to documents filed with the state Department of Natural Resources. The state’s air management staff said the factory...

    Associated Press, 03/28/2018
  • Foes Say Foxconn Would Breach Law Protecting Drinking Water

    Conservation groups on Wednesday slammed Foxconn Technology Group’s plan to withdraw millions of gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan saying it would violate the intent of a 2008 law aimed...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/08/2018
  • Tribes Use Speech to Call for Tougher CWD Regulations

    Gary Besaw delivered the annual State of the Tribes speech to the Legislature on Monday. He thanked lawmakers for working on bills that would define protections for Indian burial mounds and legalize...

    Associated Press, 02/13/2018
  • Foxconn Wants 7 Million Gallons a Day From Lake Michigan, DNR Says

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it will decide in about 90 days on a request to pump 7 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan as part of a proposed...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/29/2018
  • Gov. Walker Joins Business Groups Criticizing EPA’s Planned Emission Standard

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined Wisconsin business groups in sounding an alarm about a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plan to implement stricter air emissions standards that could impact Foxconn Technology Group’s massive...

    Milwaukee Business Journal, 01/11/2018
  • First Environmental Exemption Clears Foxconn to Fill 26 Acres of Wetlands

    Usually wetlands outside of federal jurisdiction are protected under state law, but the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker exempted Foxconn from state restrictions.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/04/2018
  • New Conservative Group to Tout Value of Renewable Energy

    Scot Ross, director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, called the new forum a "Republican front group" that will "raid the state treasury for private companies."

    Associated Press, 12/13/2017
  • Wisconsin DNR’s New Legal Counsel Backed Looser Environmental Rules

    Governor Walker's administration has now put an anti-environmental zealot and a hired gun as the chief legal counsel tasked with protecting our clean air.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/30/2017
  • DNR Magazine Saved, Walker to Get Property Tax Cut

    Handing Gov. Scott Walker a victory as a prepares for a likely re-election bid next year, Republican leaders of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee said Wednesday they will go along with his $180...

    Associated Press, 05/31/2017
  • Foresters Push Back As Walker Pushes Property Tax Cuts

    Gov. Scott Walker is making an aggressive push to eliminate the state’s portion of property tax bills in the 2017-19 state budget, but his proposal is getting resistance from forestry groups across...

    WPR, 05/19/2017
  • Bill Loosening Regulations of High-capacity Wells Headed to Gov. Scott Walker’s Desk

    Changes for high-capacity wells in Wisconsin are headed to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. The state Assembly approved a plan Tuesday night that would loosen regulations on how high-capacity wells could be repaired,...

    Capital Times, 05/02/2017
  • West Shore Pipeline Will Not Rebuild Milwaukee-to-Green Bay Line

    In 2016, West Shore said it closed the pipeline after inspectors found “unique conditions that require additional inspections and analysis.” The company said no fuel leaked. After the closure of the pipeline,...

    WBAY-TV, 04/21/2017
  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker Takes Aim at DNR Magazine, Subscribers Erupt

    Twenty years of back issues in Jim Stroschein’s attic attest to his love of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ magazine. Since 1919, the publication has featured stories and photos highlighting Wisconsin’s...

    Chicago Tribune, 04/09/2017
  • Wisconsin Lawmakers Push Department of Natural Resources Chief to Keep Popular Magazine

    Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they are fielding an onslaught of complaints about plans by the Department of Natural Resources to pull the plug on its venerable natural resources magazine. … At...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2017
  • DNR’s Cathy Stepp Defends Her Record on Climate Change and Pollution

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp defended her agency’s record on climate change and environmental protection during a legislative hearing Thursday on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-19 budget. The department...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/30/2017
  • Protect the Great Lakes

    Protecting and improving our Great Lakes has been one of the few things it seems almost everyone could agree on. But leave it to Donald Trump to mess that up.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/06/2017
  • Public Criticized DNR, Scott Walker Over Climate Change Scrub

    Dozens of callers blamed Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who appointed the top executives at the DNR after taking office in 2011. “You should stand for science and truth, and the truth is...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/04/2017
  • Wisconsin DNR Plans to Swap Land With Walker Donor

    The state Department of Natural Resources plans to give one of Gov. Scott Walker’s key donors a lakefront parcel in a land swap. The agency had planned to sell Elizabeth Uihlein 1.75...

    WMTV-TV, 07/18/2016
  • Gov. Walker Seeks Federal Flood Damage Assessment

    Gov. Scott Walker is requesting a federal assessment of damage from last week’s heavy rains to determine whether the state will request federal disaster assistance. The storm and flooding caused an estimated...

    WMTV-TV, 07/18/2016
  • Lead-poisoned Water Targeted by New Wisconsin DNR Loans

    Nearly 1,400 water systems serving 3.6 million Americans exceeded federal lead standards at least once since Jan. 1, 2013, an Associated Press analysis of U.S. EPA records recently found. In Wisconsin, 64...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/27/2016
  • Polluter Penalties Drop 78%

    Financial penalties for violations of Wisconsin environmental laws fell sharply in 2015 to their lowest level in at least a decade. Data released by a conservation organization show forfeitures paid by individuals...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/19/2016
  • Gov. Walker Calls for Changes in Deer Wasting Disease Plan

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced a series of changes in Wisconsin’s chronic wasting disease plan Friday, calling for more studies and guidelines for the deer farm industry but rejecting suggestions to resume...

    La Crosse Tribune, 05/13/2016
  • Walker Kicks Off Wisconsin Fishing Opener

    Gov. Scott Walker traveled to northwestern Wisconsin for the 51st annual Governor’s Fishing Opener. Walker was in Gordon on Saturday for the Governor’s Fishing Opener, held at the Minong Flowage. Walker calls...

    WMTV-TV, 05/07/2016
  • Scott Walker Signs Wetlands Bill

    Gov. Scott Walker signed wide-ranging legislation on Tuesday that makes changes in regulations of wetlands and navigable waters that supporters say will benefit waterfront property owners. Walker signed Senate Bill 459, which...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/26/2016
  • Scott Walker Reversals Piling Up As Presidential Bid Looms

    “Walker’s propensity for saying one thing while doing another and the subservience of principle to political expediency in order to advance his own ambitions has come to the fore,” the liberal One Wisconsin Now said after Walker’s reversal on ethanol policy.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/18/2016
  • Walker Signs Bill Allowing Towns in Dane County to Opt Out of Zoning Laws

    Walker also signed a bill allowing towns in Dane County to opt out of county zoning laws. The bill, authored by Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, was introduced after the Dane County Towns...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/01/2016
  • Walker Signs Bills Rolling Back Protections for State Water Supply, Waterways

    The governor signed a bill allowing farmers, food processors, frac sand mine operators and other operators of high-capacity wells to replace them without a state review of how the wells are affecting...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/01/2016
  • Walker Policies Cited As Factor in Increase Rise of EPA Polluted Water Listings in Wisconsin

    The proposed EPA Impaired Waters List for 2016 in Wisconsin contains 1,694 listings, more than double the 761 approved for the list in 2004.The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has recommended...

    Green Bay Press-Gazette, 02/24/2016
  • Walker Halts State Work on Clean Power Plan

    Citing last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday ordered state agencies not to do any work to prepare for federal climate change regulations that would...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/15/2016
  • Walker Appointees at Department of Natural Resources Considered Disciplining Employee for Releasing Public Records

    Political appointees of the Department of Natural Resources discussed disciplining an employee after she provided public records to a Sheboygan County citizens group fighting plans by the Kohler Co. for a golf...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/13/2016
  • Major Walker Donor Seeks Special Treatment From State Environmental Protection Agency

    Business executive Richard E. Uihlein has continued to press his case to move a massive floating bog away from his property on the Chippewa Flowage in a meeting involving state, federal and...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/05/2016
  • Brown Co. Needs to Lead Wind Turbine Study

    To his credit, Gov. Scott Walker included in his two-year budget proposal $250,000 to study this issue. Here was an opportunity to address an issue of importance to all state residents –...

    Green Bay Press-Gazette, 01/31/2016
  • Madison Advocacy Group Files Complaint Over DNR’s Handling of Open Records Requests

    The board’s decision drew little notice when it was made in August. But it came under scrutiny last month after Walker’s administration cited it to explain why it had no records on file in response to requests from the Wisconsin State Journal and liberal group One Wisconsin Now.

    Racine Journal Times, 01/27/2016
  • Bill Would Permit Closing All Tax-subsidized Land, More Cutting of State Forests

    The bill would further restrict authority of DNR foresters to limit timber cuts that would unnecessarily harm wildlife habitat or foul waterways with erosion. The 2015-17 budget signed by Gov. Scott Walker...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/09/2015
  • Ex-DNR Officials Complain About Enforcement Under Walker

    The DNR has come under fire from Democrats and environmentalists under Gov. Scott Walker. Officials have said they are enforcing regulations but also trying to reduce unnecessary costs and red tape by...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/07/2015
  • Paris Climate Debate Reflected in Wisconsin Divisions

    The conflicts now playing out on a world stage are also evident in Wisconsin, where the Republican-controlled state government is at odds with public sentiment on climate change. At the same time,...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/05/2015
  • Failure at the Faucet: Safe, Clean Drinking Water Eludes Many Wisconsinite

    In 2011, the EPA identified 75 failings in the DNR’s enforcement of the state’s wastewater pollution permit program. Last month, after the residents’ petition was filed, the state agency announced it is...

    Capital Times, 11/08/2015
  • “We Can’t Predict the Weather Next Week!”

    U.S. Senator Ron Johnson wrongly compares climate with weather in this clip from the Devil's Advocates.

    WXXM-FM, 11/06/2015
  • Group Asks EPA to Step Up Oversight of State DNR

    In a teleconference, the group said that budget cutting, retirements and actions by the Legislature have effectively curbed the power of the DNR. The EPA said it is monitoring the efforts of...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/20/2015