MADISON - The Wisconsin Conservation Congress plans to ask outdoor lovers about high-capacity well regulations, large farm pollution, and mining.
The congress advises the Department of Natural Resources. Each year it gauges public sentiment on issues with surveys at its spring hearings. This year's hearings are April 10.
The 2017 survey asks if people would support legislation giving the DNR authority to suspend approval for high-capacity wells that have harmed state waters and suspend large farm permits when pollution questions need study.
The survey also asks if people would support a moratorium on sand mine permits, repealing a 2013 law that relaxed iron mining regulations, finding a new way to fund land purchases instead of borrowing, and tax breaks for allowing deer hunters on private property.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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