Great Lakes Compact Council approves changes to rules guiding water diversions

A council that manages and protects the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin is changing the rules for communities that want to withdraw and use water outside the watershed. But Great Lakes mayors and environmental groups say the changes don’t go far enough to strengthen their multi-state agreement. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Did politics play role in DNR’s OK of golf course?

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Opponents of a championship-caliber golf course planned by the Kohler Co. along the shoreline of Lake Michigan say political interference played a role when a state agency approved a key permit to fill wetlands for the controversial project. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Despite GOP resistance, Tony Evers can restore some environmental protections

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Even without cooperation from lawmakers, there are some potentially significant moves Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul will be able to make on the environmental front when they take office in January, as they attempt to revise various laws that have loosened environmental protections since 2010. > Wisconsin State Journal

Public Service Commission key to Tony Evers’ climate agenda

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One area where Evers could move the needle on greenhouse gas emissions is the Public Service Commission, an independent body appointed by the governor that controls utility rates, the construction of power plants and transmission lines, and spending on energy efficiency programs. > Wisconsin State Journal

Former DNR employee: Staff pressured to OK Kohler golf course on rare wetlands and state park

Despite their assessment that rare wetlands would be impacted, the agency okayed the wetland permit for the 18-hole course, which would also require removal of up to 120 acres of forest. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Conservationists hope Evers will re-energize DNR

Conservationists and outdoors enthusiasts hope Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers will re-energize Wisconsin’s DNR after years of cuts under Republican Scott Walker, counting on him to return the agency to a science-based footing and get tougher on polluters and chronic wasting disease. > AP News

DNR permits wells in areas where judge ruled pumping would harm streams

Wisconsin has approved new high-capacity-well applications in sensitive areas where permits were invalidated by a judge last year because heavy water withdrawals could damage nearby streams. > Wisconsin State Journal