Current lake news
ACTION ALERT!! 11/5/2013: SB302, a bill that would severely limit DNR's ability to regulate high capacity wells and that would overturn the WI Sup. Ct. holding that DNR has a duty to regulate groundwater withdrawals in order to protect surface waters (the Lake Beulah decision), is scheduled to be voted out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, 11/7. This bill would almost certainly expand areas of the state that are experincing overpumping of their groundwater. Contact your legislator today and ask them to oppose SB302.
Oct 30, 2013: DNR reports that the invasive New Zealand mud snail was found in Black Earth Creek in south central WI. While their impact on lakes remains to be seen, their impact on Western streams is documented, and this is the first time this critter has been found in the midwest. Read more in this week's DNR news, as well as pieces on the state's invasive species strategy and walleye stocking rules.
UPDATE - 10/30/13 ~ Oct 24, 2013: Following a public hearing on SB349 on October 24, published reports indicate that the Assembly will not take up the bill until after the holidays, and the bill's author indicated that changes may need to be made and that the Senate would likely not take up the bill until 2014 as well. The measure prohibits local governments from enacting or enforcing ordinances to protect water quality and quantity, as well as air quality. It also limits local authority to regulate non-metallic mining. For more, see our info page on the bill.
Welcome to Wisconsin Lakes
Wisconsin Lakes, formerly known as the Wisconsin Association of Lakes, is the only statewide non-profit organization working to protect and enhance the quality of Wisconsin's 15,000 lakes. We are the citizen arm of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership.
Wisconsin Lakes works toward statewide solutions for the challenges faced by many lakes while supporting strong local protection efforts.
We represent citizens and lake groups like you who care about Wisconsin lakes as a natural resource, and who appreciate the value that 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.
Wisconsin Lakes 2013-14 Public Policy Agenda
Prior to the beginning of each two-year session of the Wisconsin legislature, the staff and Board of Directors of Wisconsin Lakes indentify the areas of public policy that we deem of crucial interest to our lakes and waters in the coming year, and decide on any specific actions we plan to take to further the public policy elements of our mission.
See what issues we've identified for the upcoming session!