And which helped drive an authentic science, health and safety mission by a nationally recognized public trust agency that was far different from the 'chamber of commerce mentality' department that Walker has remade and wrecked.
|The Little Plover River, close to large farms which heavily pump ground water|
From passing a bill that actually prohibits the department from taking actions to protect public drinking water supplies to administrative actions in the department that have decimated the commitment to integrated water resource management, each action has been taken with a disregard for protecting the resource and a laser focus on making it easier for the regulated permit holders to conduct business without regard to the environment.
We have groundwater resources that are the envy of much of the world, let alone the nation, although they are not evenly distributed and in short supply in some areas.
We have water resources that have historically provided the foundation for the tourism industry and a strong quality of life for the rest of the workforce in the state, because we had world class protections for these world class resources.
Yes, the DNR should always be working to issue permits in an efficient and timely manner.
But if the driving force behind those permits is simply to issue them as fast as possible, then just move the whole operation to the Department of Regulations and Licensing and skip the pretense of natural resource protection.
Why not something similar here? If users are supposed to fully fund activities they desire, such as the recent decision to fund state parks only through fees, then we should look to raise other fees as well.
Some candidates should include:
Of course it will pass. But it will take some effort on the part of the pride protectors to get it done. And the Wisconsin pride will have scars, some of them deep, but not fatal. - - Bill Stokes, former newspaper reporter, outdoor writer, columnist and author of several books, including Trout Friends and Other Riff-Raff