By Tim Kowols
A Department of Natural Resources plan to allow private consultants of farmers and business owners to play a bigger role in the permitting process has some environmental advocates on high alert. Budget cuts and staffing shortages has forced the DNR to rely on the private consultants to provide the technical information needed to write the final permits after going through assurance programs. Dean Hoegger from the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin says there is a lot of reason for concern.
Farmers call the move a good idea, saying the DNR will still retain the oversight it needs to be effective.