By Tim Kowols
A proposal from a Wisconsin legislator to split the Department of Natural Resources into two distinct units has a Kewaunee County Board member worried about the environmental issues in his area. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, state Representative Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) has proposed to Gov. Scott Walker a plan that would split the DNR into two separate departments including fish and wildlife and environmental protection. Kewaunee County Board and Land and Water Conservation committee member Lee Luft says he is worried that the split could cause turmoil when the two separate departments need to collaborate on a specific issue, like the impaired waterways in his area.
Luft is also concerned with the aspect of no citizen board being formed for the proposed Department of Environmental Protection. The DNR announced reorganization plans earlier this month that would rely heavier on the private sector to fulfill some of the duties of the department, including helping to write manure handling permits for large-scale farms.