Category Archives: Department of Natural Resources

EPA Plans to Review Permit for Pig Farm in Bayfield County

After opposition arose over the potential construction of a new pig concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to step in and review the permitting process. Wisconsin currently is home to approximately 240 cow … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, General, Waste

Forest County Potawatomi Receive Public Comments on Air Rules

The Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC or Community) is finalizing proposed changes to its existing Air Quality Related Values (AQRVs) and establishing new AQRVs of Visibility and Vegetation. In addition, FCPC has established threshold effects levels (TELs) for the new … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources

Court Rules Environmental Group Failed to Exhaust Administrative Remedies When Challenging Permit

On April 29, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District III, held that the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin failed to exhaust its administrative remedies when it first sought judicial review under Wis. Stat. § 227.52 (Administrative Actions and … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water

DNR Releases Report on Water Use in Wisconsin

As part of Wisconsin’s participation in the Great Lakes Compact, water users capable of withdrawing 100,000 gallons per day are required to report their water usage for the previous year to the DNR by March 1 of each year. The … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water

Court Decides Important Mining Case

Right on the heels of the Great Lake Legal Foundation’s success in the Wisconsin’s Supreme Court’s Lake Koshkonong case comes another decisive win for the Foundation’s legal efforts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has agreed with … Continue reading

Posted in Court Watch, Department of Natural Resources, Water

Limitations Placed on Public Trust Doctrine

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a landmark decision protecting property owners and businesses from overreaching bureaucrats at the Department of Natural Resources, at the same time protecting Wisconsin’s pristine waterways. However, environmental groups are trying to marginalize the decision … Continue reading

Posted in Court Watch, Department of Natural Resources, Water, Wisconsin Supreme Court

News Coverage & Reactions to the Lake Koshkonong Decision

Wisconsin Supreme Court Limits DNR’s Regulatory Authority under the Public Trust Doctrine: Great Lakes Legal Foundation, July 16, 2013.WMC Statement on Lake Koshkonong Ruling: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, July 16, 2013.WI Supreme Court Limits DNR Power on Lake Levels: Midwest … Continue reading

Posted in Court Watch, Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Mining Hearing Scheduled for Aug. 15

The DNR has scheduled a public informational hearing on Gogebic Taconite’s proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication notice to mine for August 15 from 10am-8pm at Hurley High School, 5503 W. Range View Drive. The hearing will be a … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin

Rest Lake Dam Decision Postponed in Response to Lake Koshkonong Decision

The DNR is postponing public information hearings on a new operating order for the Rest Lake Dam in Vilas County while staff evaluate possible the impact of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Lake Koshkonong decision.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water, Wisconsin Supreme Court

DNR Accepting Comments on Shoreland Zoning Changes

The DNR is accepting comments on proposed changes to minimum statewide shoreland zoning standards, with the goal of providing more flexibility for property owners and making the standards easier for counties to implement. To respond to concerns expressed by counties … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water