Now it looks like hog waste lagoons from farms like these
are going to bat last.
Brings to mind a certain Wisconsin climate-change denier and his state water lab which flooded right across the lake from his official mansion.
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* In 1999, the Wisconsin DNR - - on its own - - opened the diversion spigot from the City of Milwaukee - - an in-basin community - - to Menomonee Falls - - an out-of-basin community in Waukesha County - - and, again, no other state challenged the move.
* In 1986, Wisconsin GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson unilaterally approved a diversion of Lake Michigan water to Pleasant Prairie - - a community in Kenosha County close to, but outside of, the Great Lakes basin. The law in place at the time which governed diversions of Great Lakes water said all eight Great States governors would have to approve such diversions; Thompson received only five approvals and looked past three responses which never came, deciding without any firm rejections he had all the approvals he needed.
No other state challenged him, however...
Democratic Ohio Governor Richard Celeste, then chairman at the time of the Great Lakes Council of Governors - - the governing board for diversion approvals - - received Thompson's letter that said, in part:
"I am writing to ask you to initiate the prior notice and consultation process as provided under the Great Lakes Charter for an interbasin diversion from Lake Michigan," Thompson wrote Celeste,"...to portions of the Town of Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha County...."
Thompson had earlier sought the "approval" of the other Governors, as Wisconsin's governor reminded Celeste with this language. "As you may recall, on September 2, 1987, I sent a letter to you requesting your approval of this same interbasin diversion...," but Thompson tells Celeste that it was withdrawn due to "uncertainties regarding the volume of the diversion needed...."
About six weeks later, Celeste forwarded Thompson's request to each of the other governors, and noted "Pursuant to Section 1109 of P.L. 99-662 [the controlling federal law, WRDA] this proposal requires the consent of the eight Great Lakes Governors." (Emphasis added.)Regardless, Thompson made his move, Pleasant Prairie got its water, and now we find that the diversion allotment limit has been greatly increased by the DBR without public review. File under 'slippery slope.'
The Wisconsin DNR wants to be a law unto itself
Reposted from 12/10/07 - - and relevant again as the WI DNR considers blessing a diversion of Great Lakes water for Waukesha under a Compact that is the successor to the multi-state agreement in place in 2007.
Make sure you read then-WI AG Peg Lautenschlager's 2007 opinion for a look into the DNR mindset and culture, and remember, as the DNR finishes its review of the Waukesha application, that the agency never wrote administrative rules governing diversion requests as called for in the 2008 state law that implemented the successor compact.---------------------------------------
What is the public to do if a major state regulatory agency arrogates power, and media do not address the situation?
That's the question of the day to be dissected - - at length here at The Political Environment - - because that's the point we have reached with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, its interest in moving water out of Lake Michigan on its self-defined terms, and worse - - while major media watchdogs are not raising the alarm.
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In response to a question about the extension of benefits to domestic partners, the Republican from Oconomowoc said: "We can’t at this point afford to just be handing out money to anyone. This is a slippery slope in addition to that -- at what point are we going to OK marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table, or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs? This is ridiculous.”Kleefisch did apologize for those remarks.
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Wisconsin has lost another 47 dairy farms in August, with the total number of licensed farms standing now at just 8,372. The loss of 47 farms is just slightly lower than the 54 farms lost in July. The state has lost 429 farms since the beginning of the year, a decrease of 4.9%, and 588 the past year, a decrease of 6.6%.Of course, Walker's priority is serving the big dairy operators' agendas, including environmental deregulation, that would help them increase their market share:
State records show that one day before Walker’s October speech in Trego, in northwestern Wisconsin, the governor’s office received detailed plans from the Dairy Business Association on legal requirements and strategic options to move the program.I'd noted those depressing, going-out-of-business trends in Wisconsin, here and also here:
So here's the state of the Dairy State in one new headline:
More than 4% of Wisconsin Dairy Farms Call It Quits in 2018—So Far
Meaning that almost two WI dairy farms are closing every day this year - - 382 through July 31.
Echoing this late 2017 headline:
Western Wisconsin Had Most Farm Bankruptcies in the US
Gov. Walker helps expand the big CAFO dairy operations, embraces the Tariff King who's closing off export markets, and assigns no priority to stemming the leap in farm-country well-water and waterway contamination.My take today: I wouldn't look yet - - or ever - - for the Trump campaign presence in Wisconsin which Walker and Vukmir have said they'd welcome.
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Borrowing strategy from NRA, activists quietly overturn knife restrictions across U.S.For the record, Walker signed one of those measures into law in February, 2016:
...Walker addressed an annual conference hosted by the NRA and a Wisconsin sister organization in Weston [and] gave the attendees a bill signing... according to Walker's office:
While at the annual conference, Governor Walker also signed Assembly Bill 142 into law.
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- - about two weeks before this soggy, messy event:
Aug 22 @chicagotribune @rick_kambic Here's the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission evaluation of the proposed stormwater quantity management for the Des Plaines River watershed: "no anticipated increase in downstream flood flows." #FoxconnFacts
Torrent of stormwater spills from Foxconn construction site after heavy weekend rainsThe Foxconn mud-flood from the first heavy rain event at the project since earth-moving began suggests that Foxconn does pose water quality and quantity downstream issues, because:
Much of the Foxconn campus footprint is in an area where water drains to Lake Michigan via the Root and Pike rivers. But the southwestern portion of the development is located in the Des Plaines River watershed, which means that rain and snowmelt in that area will drain via ditches, creeks and streams into the Des Plaines, or otherwise seep into the surrounding groundwater supply...
In other words, just like any kind of large development project, Foxconn will transform ground that’s permeable to water — able to retain it in wetlands or draw it into the groundwater supply — into impervious surfaces from which rainfall and snowmelt tends to run off into surface water bodies, often flowing through storm sewers along the way.
I'll add today's post to my Foxconn archive which dates to June, 2017.
Posted by James Rowen at 5:17 PM
Given the impacts of climate change on likely storm severity, are the five stormwater detention ponds planned on the Foxconn site adequate?* More than 50 affiliates of the League of Women Voters in four states have joined the legal challenge to the Wisconsin DNR's quick approval to a Lake Michigan diversion for Foxconn. This adds to the pressure to enforce and save the Great Lakes Compact of 2008, now at risk by Wisconsin's continuing pressure on the other states and outlier status on water conservation in the region.
Because of the many interacting relationships existing between living organisms and their environment, the destruction or deterioration of one important element of the total environment may lead to a chain reaction of deterioration and destruction of other elements. The drainage of wetlands, for example, may destroy fish spawning areas, wildlife habitat, groundwater recharge areas, and natural filtration and floodwater storage areas of interconnecting stream systems."Anybody else read this comprehensive report? Anybody care?
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