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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Jan 26, 2022

Wisconsin DNR policy board picks new chairman

The state Department of Natural Resources policy board selected an archery shop owner Wednesday as its new leader.

Jan 26, 2022

Board member suggests no population goal in new wolf plan

A member of the Department of Natural Resources policy board suggested Wednesday that the agency's new wolf management plan shouldn't include a specific population goal and instead lay out metrics indicating whether the population should be reduced or allowed to grow.

Jan 26, 2022

Judge: DNR can continue PFAS sampling, but can’t enforce

The Department of Natural Resources can continue to test wastewater for PFAS but can't take legal action against polluters until state lawmakers set water quality standards for the compounds, a Jefferson County judge ruled.

Jan 21, 2022

Enbridge says it has fixed pierced aquifer near oil pipeline

Enbridge Energy said it has stopped the flow of spilled artesian groundwater that began a year ago when workers installing the Line 3 oil pipeline in northwestern Minnesota punctured an aquifer.

Jan 14, 2022

DNR board to vote on rules for PFAS in firefighting foam

The state Department of Natural Resources policy board is set to vote later this month on permanent rules implementing a law that restricts the use of firefighting foam that contains PFAS chemicals.

Jan 11, 2022

DNR set to allow factory farm expansion in Kewaunee County

Environmental regulators are set to allow a factory dairy farm accused of contaminating Kewaunee County drinking water to expand, angering conservationists.

Dec 16, 2021

Court rules against proposed frac mine in western Wisconsin

A state appeals court on Thursday refused to reinstate a permit for a proposed $75 million frac-sand operation in western Wisconsin, a victory for environmentalists who have been fighting for years to protect the 16 acres of pristine wetlands.

Dec 10, 2021

Water utilities urge regulators to scrap new PFAS limits

A group of Wisconsin water utilities are urging the state Department of Natural Resources to scrap plans to impose limits on PFAS chemicals in drinking water, saying the agency hasn't thought through the costs.

Dec 9, 2021

Wisconsin state parks battered as Lake Michigan shrinks beaches, smashes boardwalks

Lake Michigan’s winds and waves have sculpted the landscape of Whitefish Dunes State Park, a must-see treasure along Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula.

Nov 30, 2021

DNR: Nine-day gun season deer kill drops 8% from 2020

Hunters killed thousands fewer deer during Wisconsin's nine-day gun season this year than in 2020, according to preliminary state Department of Natural Resources data released Monday.

Nov 1, 2021

Some in Wisconsin seek state standards for forever chemicals

Wisconsin residents affected by PFAS contamination say the Biden administration's recently announced strategy to combat harmful forever chemicals doesn't go far enough and highlights the need for state standards. But industry officials argue state regulators should wait for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set federal drinking water regulations.

Oct 25, 2021

Judge issues injunction blocking Wisconsin fall wolf hunt

A judge last week halted Wisconsin’s fall wolf season two weeks before hunters were set to take to the woods, siding with wildlife advocacy groups who argued that holding the hunt would be unconstitutional.


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