Through a recent audit, it was found that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) did not consistently follow its own policies when sending enforcement letters about violations. Of the 558 instances when they should have sent notices in the last 10 years, they did so only 33 times.
The Wisconsin Journal points out that the DNR failed to follow their own policies when dealing with violators of water pollution laws more than 90% of the time. State Sen. Robert Cowles, co-chair of the Legislative Audit Committee, spoke further on the audit and its findings:
"It appears that area of the DNR has been understaffed for a decade," he said. "And that's why this is not a problem of this administration or that, it's been a problem in two administrations and if they looked back further it might have been a problem too. They looked at 10 years in the audit and that's the fair way to do it."