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Natural Resources Board to Meet Dec. 10-11 in Madison
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Natural Resources Board to Meet Dec. 10-11 in Madison

The open forum is an opportunity for citizens to provide in-person testimony in Madison or remotely from Green Bay.

Washburn County Hunting Incident Shooter Identified
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Washburn County Hunting Incident Shooter Identified

The investigation is ongoing.

DNR Seeks Public’s Help in Washburn County Hunting Incident
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DNR Seeks Public’s Help in Washburn County Hunting Incident

Four Incidents Reported During Opening Weekend of Gun Deer Season

Deer Hunting License Sales On Par with 2018
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Deer Hunting License Sales On Par with 2018

Two areas have already exceeded last year's sales totals for the entire season.

Teamwork strikes again in major illegal deer harvest case
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Teamwork strikes again in major illegal deer harvest case

"This is a case of two people who are not hunters by any stretch of the imagination, and determined to steal wildlife from the public - wildlife observers and those who are ethical and law-abiding hunters."

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Taking More Steps to Protect Drinking Water
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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Taking More Steps to Protect Drinking Water

PFAS Rulemaking Process Moves Forward

Surface Water Sampling Reveals PFAS At Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport
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Surface Water Sampling Reveals PFAS At Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

As a result, DNR is asking airport and military officials to take steps to prevent future discharges of PFAS from the outfalls.

Surface Water Sampling Reveals PFAS At Dane County Regional Airport
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Surface Water Sampling Reveals PFAS At Dane County Regional Airport

In a letter to Dane County Regional Airport on Oct. 11, the DNR informed airport officials that the sampling data indicates they are responsible for the discharge of a hazardous substance.

EPA Proposes Updates to Rules Impacting Lead and Copper in Drinking Water
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EPA Proposes Updates to Rules Impacting Lead and Copper in Drinking Water

DNR to Review Proposed Updates to Lead and Copper Rule

DNR’s First Round of Sampling Shows PFAS Contamination at Surface Water Monitoring Locations in Wisconsin
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DNR’s First Round of Sampling Shows PFAS Contamination at Surface Water Monitoring Locations in Wisconsin

PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals used for decades in numerous products, such as non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, stain-resistant sprays and firefighting foam.

DNR Reaffirms Commitment to Addressing Impacts of Climate Change on Wisconsin’s Natural Resources During Climate Week
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DNR Reaffirms Commitment to Addressing Impacts of Climate Change on Wisconsin’s Natural Resources During Climate Week

"Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time."

Majority of Wisconsin Public Water Systems Met Safe Drinking Water Standards in 2018; Challenges Still Exist
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Majority of Wisconsin Public Water Systems Met Safe Drinking Water Standards in 2018; Challenges Still Exist

Some contaminants continue to present challenges, including nitrate, arsenic, and lead.

DNR to Implement Mandatory CWD Sampling and In-Person Registration for Six Townships in West Central Wisconsin During Nine-Day Gun Deer Season
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DNR to Implement Mandatory CWD Sampling and In-Person Registration for Six Townships in West Central Wisconsin During Nine-Day Gun Deer Season

CWD is a contagious neurological disease of deer, elk and moose that is caused by an abnormal protein called a prion.

Water Control Structure Failure at Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area Lowers Lake Levels at Beckman Lake
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Water Control Structure Failure at Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area Lowers Lake Levels at Beckman Lake

Beckman Lake is a 63-acre lake with a maximum depth of about 12 feet and is fed by Allen Creek.

DNR hosts hearing to discuss wetland and water permits related to water diversion project
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DNR hosts hearing to discuss wetland and water permits related to water diversion project

The hearing will also cover the DNR's Environmental Impact Statement on the overall diversion project.

City of Waukesha proposed water diversion public hearing
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City of Waukesha proposed water diversion public hearing

Waukesha is applying for wetland and waterway permits to construct a water supply system to divert water from Lake Michigan and a return system.

DNR announces results of Madison PFAS contamination pilot study
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DNR announces results of Madison PFAS contamination pilot study

"Clean drinking water is a public health priority."

DNR taking more steps to protect Wisconsin drinking water
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DNR taking more steps to protect Wisconsin drinking water

The DNR will ask 125 municipal wastewater treatment facilities to begin sampling and analyzing water flowing in and out of the facilities for PFAS compounds.

DNR Secretary Appoints Beth Bier To Deputy Secretary
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DNR Secretary Appoints Beth Bier To Deputy Secretary

Beth began her career at the DNR in 2001 in the Secretary's Office.

Environmental review of a City of Milwaukee project for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program
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Environmental review of a City of Milwaukee project for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program

The project entails the replacement of water mains throughout the city.

DNR Secretary announces leadership change
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DNR Secretary announces leadership change

Tim Cooke, current deputy division administrator, will assume the administrator role.

A breath of fresh air: DNR celebrates Clean Air Month as Wisconsin’s air quality continues to improve
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A breath of fresh air: DNR celebrates Clean Air Month as Wisconsin’s air quality continues to improve

Clean Air Month is held annually each May.

DNR and DHS Work Together to Improve Water Quality in Wisconsin
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DNR and DHS Work Together to Improve Water Quality in Wisconsin

This week the DNR worked with Department of Health Services to ask the health agency to review 40 contaminants for possible groundwater quality standards.

Free ice fishing clinics for kids set for Feb. 9 at five Milwaukee County parks
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Free ice fishing clinics for kids set for Feb. 9 at five Milwaukee County parks

No pre-registration is necessary for the clinics. Equipment and snacks will be provided and it's all free!

DNR Secretary Cole announces additional appointments to leadership team
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DNR Secretary Cole announces additional appointments to leadership team

Todd Ambs has been named DNR Assistant Deputy Secretary.

DNR Secretary Cole makes first appointments to leadership team
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DNR Secretary Cole makes first appointments to leadership team

Cole said he would announce additional appointments as they are made.

Sturgeon Fest set for Sept. 29 at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee
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Sturgeon Fest set for Sept. 29 at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee

The family-oriented event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features the opportunity for participants to sponsor and hand release one of the young sturgeon into the Milwaukee Harbor.

Public meeting set on dredging at South Milwaukee
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Public meeting set on dredging at South Milwaukee

The MMSD is planning to remove about 60,000 cubic yards of soil and sediment along the banks of the Kinnickinnic River and approximately 10,000 cubic yards will be disposed on the Falk Landfill.

Environmental Review of City of Milwaukee Project for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP)
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Environmental Review of City of Milwaukee Project for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP)

The project entails the replacement of lead service lines and water main relay throughout the City of Milwaukee.

Environmental review of City of Milwaukee project for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP)
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Environmental review of City of Milwaukee project for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP)

The project entails the replacement water main relays throughout the City of Milwaukee.

DNR approves straddling community diversion application from city of Racine
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DNR approves straddling community diversion application from city of Racine

Straddling community diversion applications are regulated under the Great Lakes Compact.

Environmental Protection Agency approves plan to improve water quality in the Milwaukee river basin
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Environmental Protection Agency approves plan to improve water quality in the Milwaukee river basin

The approved TMDL plan aims to reduce phosphorus and other pollutants entering the Menomonee, Kinnickinnic and Milwaukee rivers as well as the Milwaukee Harbor Estuary.

Cougar sighting verified in Washington County
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Cougar sighting verified in Washington County

DNR staff rely almost exclusively on the public for reports of cougars and other rare mammals.

Secretary Dan Meyer today announced new leadership appointments at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Secretary Dan Meyer today announced new leadership appointments at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

These appointments will be effective Monday, February 19, 2018.

DNR asks public for input on draft Wisconsin River Basin Total Maximum Daily Load study to improve water quality
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DNR asks public for input on draft Wisconsin River Basin Total Maximum Daily Load study to improve water quality

Once finalized, the TMDL plan is sent to EPA for their review and approval.

New pricing structure to go into effect on Wisconsin State Park System properties Feb. 15
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New pricing structure to go into effect on Wisconsin State Park System properties Feb. 15

Implementation of the new rate structure will begin on Feb. 15, 2018.

Sturgeon Fest set for Sept. 30 at Lakeshore Park in Milwaukee
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Sturgeon Fest set for Sept. 30 at Lakeshore Park in Milwaukee

The festival is free for all ages; a donation of $10 is appreciated for sponsoring a sturgeon.

Open house set to initiate amendment process to Kohler-Andrae State Park Master Plan
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Open house set to initiate amendment process to Kohler-Andrae State Park Master Plan

Kohler is proposing to construct a new roadway with a roundabout that would provide access to the park and to the golf course.

Clean Air Month encourages citizens to Be Air Aware
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Clean Air Month encourages citizens to Be Air Aware

The agency's December 2016 Wisconsin Air Quality Trends Report [PDF] again showed positive trends toward cleaner air.

Community Meeting Set to Discuss Milwaukee River Floodplain Soil and Sediment Sample Results
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Community Meeting Set to Discuss Milwaukee River Floodplain Soil and Sediment Sample Results

The public meeting will be held April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gordon Park Pavilion.

Eric Lobner named Director of DNR’s Wildlife Management program
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Eric Lobner named Director of DNR’s Wildlife Management program

Lobner was born and raised in central Wisconsin and comes from a family where hunting, fishing and wildlife appreciation are second nature.

DNR land sales provide opportunity to purchase state-owned properties throughout Wisconsin
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DNR land sales provide opportunity to purchase state-owned properties throughout Wisconsin

All properties are accessible by a state, county/town road or easement.