Monday, March 25, 2013
The DNR will hold another public meeting on molybdenum as it continues reaching out to private well owners in southeastern Wisconsin.
The state Department of Natural Resources will host another public information meeting on molybdenum April 11 in Franklin. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the community room of Franklin City Hall, 9229 W. Loomis Road. It's another in a series of open house-style meetings the DNR is holding to educate residents on molybdenum, how to test for it and how to treat their wells. High levels of molybdenum have been found in many private wells throughout southeastern Wisconsin, which has led the DNR to advise residents to have their wells tested. Molybdenum is a naturally occurring element in the earth's crust and in water in low levels, but it's also a byproduct of coal combustion and industrial waste. High levels of molybdenum may carry …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The state Department of Natural Resources continues to collect data on high levels of molybdenum found in many private wells across southeastern Wisconsin.
The state Department of Natural Resources says it doesn't know why high levels of molybdenum have been found in many wells in southeastern Wisconsin. The DNR completed an extensive study that yielded "inconclusive" results on the source of the molybdenum, Southeast Regional Director Eric Nitschke said. Questions on where the molybdenum is coming from were asked often during a public meeting Thursday night in Caledonia. "We understand there are some folks that would rather those results be conclusive," Nitschke said in an interview. "We aren't able to give that." Molybdenum is a naturally occurring element in the earth's crust and, in small amounts, is an essential part of people's diets. However, it's also a byproduct of coal combustion …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Residents whose wells may be contaminated by molybdenum can get information from the state Department of Natural Resources
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is holding a free fishing weekend. No license? No problem!
Curious to try ice fishing but don’t have a fishing license? The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is holding a free fishing weekend from Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. People can fish any of Wisconsin’s inland waters and on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan without a license during the free fishing weekend. All other state rules apply, according to the DNR. Patch blogger Chad Leton shares local ice fishing conditions. Here’s an update from his most recent blog: Most lakes are providing anglers 4-6” of solid clear ice under a dusting of snow. It is STILL recommended to stay off the bigger lakes and main lake areas of lakes like Okauchee, Nagawicka, and Oconomowoc. If you want success while jigging…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
According to the alert, some sensitive groups may have trouble breathing today. Here's what you need to know.
Also, if you are burning leaves today, here's a link to the Caledonia's burning regulations.
Friday, November 16, 2012
If you are going hunting this weekend in Wisconsin, upload your deer hunting photos to Patch.
Gun season for deer hunting in Wisconsin begins Saturday. Thousands of hunters wearing blaze orange will head into the woods seeking a prize buck or looking for a venison dinner. Take a picture and share it with the rest of the community on Patch. You could have bragging rights for the best hunt. Have an unusual hunting story? Contact your local Patch editor here: Private Land Open for Public Hunting This year, hunters have the opportunity to enjoy access to nearly 29,000 new acres of private land open to the public within close proximity of the state’s metropolitan areas. A new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources video captures the success of the Voluntary Public Access program in opening up large tracts of prime habitat land, often…
Friday, August 24, 2012
Gov. Scott Walker says that hunters and legislators want Wisconsin to have a traditional gun hunt for deer. How do you feel?
Gov. Scott Walker suspended Friday the four-day gun hunt in October in Wisconsin’s south central Chronic Wasting Disease zone. “Legislators and hunters have made it clear they want Wisconsin to return to a more traditional season, which includes the nine-day November gun deer hunt,” Walker said in a news release. “Eliminating the four-day October hunt in the CWD zone is one of the most simple and most effective ways we can show hunters that we are listening.” The first four-day hunt was held in 1996, but Walker’s legislation eliminated the hunt outside of CWD management zones in 2011, as well as the Earn-a-Buck regulation. Rob Bohmann, chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, told the Associated Press, that Walker’s decision was …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
20 very stubborn turkeys stand their ground -- in the middle of Highway 38 -- and this caused a little conflict with a motorist.
Do we have another turkey-gate brewing? About 20 turkeys were reportedly found in the middle of the road at 5:34 p.m. Saturday in the 6300 block of Highway 38. The motorist told police he was driving in the area and had to swerve around the stubborn turkeys to get around them. However, when police responded to the area, the birds were gone. This isn't the first time turkeys have been a problem in Caledonia. In December, two wild turkeys chased people into their garages and caused traffic back-ups in the 5800 block of Erie Street. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued a permit to the Caledonia Police Department to shoot the birds. The two turkeys ran into the roadway and started pecking at the officer’s police squad. A few …
Sunday, March 11, 2012
DNR could have sited iron mine while protecting the environment at the same time.
As the debate on the mining bill raged, we all heard the hyper-political language about the environmental harm that would result from any iron ore mine. It was very difficult for me to sit back and watch. I was ever hopeful that calmer heads would prevail, considering the $1.5 billion investment and the thousands of resulting jobs that the state could have welcomed while the environment is protected. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This issue became just another political piñata with some senators clearly displaying that politics is more important than getting things done for Wisconsin citizens. I wish it wasn't true, but unfortunately in the end the motivation to not allow a potential success for Governor Walker appears to be what really …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
DNR and We Energies met Wednesday in Milwaukee.
The final chapter in the bluff collapse at We Energies' Oak Creek power plant is still to be written. Representatives from We Energies and the state Department of Natural Resources met Wednesday in Milwaukee to discuss the DNR's notice of violation it issued stemming from the Oct. 31 collapse. The DNR says We Energies didn't put a liner underneath a pond it constructed not far from where the bluff collapsed, and that not doing so had a "significant impact" on the integrity of the area. As a result, We Energies faces a fine that could be as much as $5,000 per day dating back to the 2008 issuance of a permit. However, We Energies officials said today they would fight the fine because they still believe the rules of the permit were followed, …