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Central Dunn County Landowners Eligible For CWD Permits

In 2019, a CWD-positive wild deer was discovered in Red Cedar Township, Dunn County. CWD surveillance permits are being provided to those within the surveillance area to aid the DNR's CWD research in the region. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR
February 25, 2021

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Landowners on select parcels of private land in central Dunn County are eligible for free chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance permits. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asks landowners within the surveillance area to apply for a permit to help the DNR better understand the extent of CWD in the area.

DNR Launches PFAS External Advisory Group

February 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host the first PFAS External Advisory Group meeting on Feb. 23, 2021.  

Kate Beaton Discussion with Health Dunn Right HEAT Committee

Health Dunn Right Presentation with Kate Beaton

February 13, 2021

This is a recording and transcript of a presentation from Kate Beaton, the Western Wisconsin organizer of Wisconsin Conservation Voters, and the Environmental Action Team (HEAT) of Health Dunn Right. In the presentation Kate discusses the Clean Energy Resolution that has been passed by a few government organizations in Western Wisconsin. 

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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #108 Declaring an Energy Emergency

Governor Tony Evers
February 11, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order , declaring an energy emergency in the state of Wisconsin. Due to the below-average temperatures, snow, and ice storms throughout the state leading up to February, deliveries of petroleum and propane products shipped by truck, barge, and particularly rail are limited.

Gov. Evers Announces State to Take Steps Toward Legal Action Against PFAS Contaminators

January 22, 2021

 State will seek outside legal counsel to investigate and prepare for litigation against corporate actors responsible

Environmental Review Of The City Of Eau Claire Project For The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program

January 19, 2021

The City of Eau Claire is an applicant for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) to address deficiencies in its public drinking water system. The project primarily includes the replacement of lead service lines throughout the City of Eau Claire.

DNR To Host Online Listening Sessions Jan. 20 Regarding PFAS Investigation In Marinette, Peshtigo And Surrounding Communities

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding online listening sessions on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 to seek public input on PFAS contamination in Marinette, Peshtigo and surrounding communities. The meeting is the 12th in a series of 14 meetings the DNR will host for area residents.

Special DNR meeting on the wolf hunt

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet virtually on Friday for a Special Meeting to discuss the next steps to establish a wolf hunt in Wisconsin in 2021.

Melanie Johnson on PFAS Action Plan

HEAT Presentation 01/13/2021 Melanie Johnson

January 14, 2021

Melanie Johnson of the Wisconsin DNR did a presentation on 1/13/2021 about the new PFAS action plan and the problems with PFAS contamination in Wisconsin. The slide deck from the presentation is attached below.

DNR Issues Wastewater Discharge Permit For JCI/Tyco Facility In Marinette

December 30, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the reissue of the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit that regulates industrial wastewater discharges from the Johnson Controls Inc. and Tyco Fire Products, LP Facility ("JCI/Tyco") to the Menominee River at One and Two Stanton Street in Marinette, Wisconsin.

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  • Steve Hanson
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    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Landowners on select parcels of private land in central Dunn County are eligible for free chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance permits. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asks landowners within the surveillance area to apply for a permit to help the DNR better understand the extent of CWD in the area.

    These permits are property-specific and available on select private land within the CWD surveillance area. Individuals who receive a permit must use the weapon choice listed on the permit. The permits are valid for any adult deer, either antlered or antlerless, and all deer harvested must be tested for CWD.

    To obtain a CWD surveillance permit, contact DNR Wildlife Biologist Terry Shaurette at 608-386-2268. Please have your Go Wild customer ID ready when you call.

    How To Have Your Adult Deer Tested For CWD

    CWD testing is free of charge. Individuals who harvest an adult deer using a CWD surveillance authorization are responsible for having their deer tested for CWD. In addition to , individuals can contact local DNR staff to schedule an appointment for sampling.

     are uploaded to the DNR website as soon as they become available. To view CWD results for a harvested deer, enter your customer ID or CWD sample barcode number. Results are also sent via email or mail.

    CWD In Wisconsin

    In 2019, a CWD-positive wild deer was discovered in Red Cedar Township, Dunn County. CWD surveillance permits are being provided to those within the surveillance area to aid the DNR's CWD research in the region.

    CWD is a fatal, infectious nervous system disease of deer, moose, elk and reindeer/caribou. It belongs to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) or prion diseases. CWD occurs only in members of the Cervidae or deer family: both wild and farm-raised deer. The DNR began monitoring the state's wild white-tailed deer population for CWD in 1999 and found the first positives in 2002.

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