The state Department of Natural Resources has moved under Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ total control for the first time in his tenure.
From ‘dream’ property to nightmare: Some Wisconsinites pay the price for pollution they didn’t cause
Zach Skrede learned that previous owners had dumped roofing material containing asbestos on his land, and had failed to clean it up.
Evers administration seeks OK to start new PFAS regulations in Wisconsin
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration plans to ask state environmental officials again for permission to develop limits on a group of chemicals known as PFAS in Wisconsin groundwater.
‘I had to speak up’: Two Northwoods friends push Wisconsin DNR to protect lakeshore forests
A retired forester and a writer say the DNR allows logging perilously close to lakes. State officials disagree. Now the agency’s auditor is being audited.
Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects challenge to Kohler golf course over parkland swap
Conservatives on the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a conservation group couldn’t challenge an agency’s decision to sell state park land for the construction of a high-end golf course along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Ancient human remains unearthed at proposed Kohler golf course site in Wisconsin
Archeologists have unearthed human remains of Native Americans during excavations of the site along Lake Michigan where Kohler Co. wants to build an 18-hole golf course. The rapidly eroding Lake Michigan shoreline is also raising questions about the future of project.
As wolves recover, calls in Wisconsin to end endangered species listing grow
Conflicts with farmers and hunters continue as the state’s wolf population has risen from extinction in 1960 to more than 900 animals today.
Former DNR employee: Staff pressured to OK Kohler golf course on rare Wisconsin wetlands and state park
A golf course proposed by Kohler Co. along the Lake Michigan shore was approved by the state Department of Natural Resources — despite serious concerns by DNR staff about its potential impact on rare habitat.
‘Regulatory vacuum’ exposes Wisconsin children to lead in drinking water at schools, day care centers
Gaps in federal drinking water standards enforced by the state leave numerous school and day care sites untested for lead in drinking water; numerous lead service lines remain.
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism stands by story on lead testing protocols after DNR request for corrections
Nine months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned against flushing water systems before testing for lead, the state DNR had not passed that advice on to public water systems in Wisconsin. Our story examined that delay.
Wisconsin DNR fails to update lead testing guidance in wake of Flint crisis
Nine months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned against flushing water systems before testing for lead, the state Department of Natural Resources has not yet passed that advice on to public water systems in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin must do more to protect residents from lead in drinking water, DNR and Milwaukee leaders agree
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett acknowledges adding anti-corrosive chemicals, the main strategy to prevent lead in drinking water, is a “Band-Aid” approach.