New DNR Secretary calls on lawmakers to ‘step up’ in protecting waters


New DNR Secretary calls on lawmakers to ‘step up’ in protecting waters

MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers’ newly appointed secretary of the Department of Natural Resources delivered a message Wednesday that the Legislature needs to “step up” to help protect the state’s waters and to catch up to progress being made in other states.

Adam Payne made his first public appearance Wednesday before the Natural Resources Board, which sets policy for the agency.

In a lengthy speech, he highlighted his priorities for conservation and clean water across the state and encouraged the board to work without political influence to make decisions regarding the state’s natural resources.

Payne said Wisconsin should be leading on clean water issues, not lagging behind other nearby states like it is with PFAS management and mitigation.

“We’re going to need the Legislature to step up and work with us to make sure we are equipped to help local governments, individuals and families,” he said. “And if they don’t, how do we do the testing, how we do the monitoring?”



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