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Groundwater bill deserves a debate

On March 28, a Senate Committee will vote on a groundwater bill that would effectively allow high capacity well owners to perpetually pump under the terms of their permit, regardless of their impact on surface waters or other users. What’s worse, the committee will use a “paper ballot” process that precludes amendments or even debate on the bill. Wisconsin Lakes thinks that’s a bad idea – read more for our analysis.

Who Will Get the Water?

Wisconsin Lakes is opposed to a bill that would allow for high capacity well permits to never be reviewed, creating a virtual right to withdraw water (the bill is up for a public hearing on March 15). But there’s a way the bill can be fixed, and still provide more certainty for high cap well users hoping to maintain or sell a well.

The Return of the Small Scale Dredge

DNR is proposing a general permit that would allow landowners to dredge 25 cubic yards offshore of their property on inland lakes over five years. While not as bad as a similar legislative proposal last year, Wisconsin Lakes remains opposed to the use of general permit for dredging projects. Read on to learn more and find out how you can comment on this proposal!

REMINDER! Lakes is Action comes to Eau Claire on March 30!

You still have time to sign up for the Lakes in Action Advocacy 101 workshop on Thursday, March 30 from 5-8pm in Eau Claire. Learn how to be a better advocate for yourself, as well as what and how much you can do as a lake organization in Wisconsin. Learn how to let your voice be heard and speak for lakes!

Wisconsin Lakes Meets Big Challenges in 2016

Wisconsin Lakes entered 2016 in a difficult spot. But sometimes challenges can bring positive change, and the Wisconsin Lakes that leaves 2016 behind is a leaner, more efficient, more focused organization that is ready to take on the challenges of 2017. And given the past year’s obstacles, the accomplishments of 2016 speak to the stability and strength of Wisconsin Lakes, thanks in large part to the overwhelming support of the lakes community in Wisconsin.

Lake Organizations in Wisconsin

Protecting Wisconsin’s lakes and lake property now and for the future

Zebra Mussels Come to NW Wisconsin

Invasive zebra mussels were found on Big McKenzie Lake in NW Wisconsin, the first invaders first foray into this part of the state. Read more on the response.

Living on the Lake

Selecting lakefront property. There are many reasons people fall in love with Wisconsin lakes.

Your Statewide Lake Association

We Speak for Lakes!

Wisconsin Lakes, formerly known as the Wisconsin Association of Lakes, is the only statewide non-profit organization working exclusively to protect and enhance the quality of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes. For more than 20 years, Wisconsin Lakes has worked toward statewide solutions for the challenges faced by our abundant natural water resources while supporting strong local protection efforts. We represent citizens and lake groups like you who care about Wisconsin’s lakes as a shared resource, and who appreciate the value lakes bring to our quality of life, tourist economy, and property tax base. Wisconsin Lakes seeks to protect the natural wonder of our lakes, and preserve our collective right to boat, fish, hunt, ice skate, swim and enjoy the scenic beauty of our shared public waters.


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