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Towns may regulate minimum lot sizes in their shoreland areas without regard to state shoreland zoning standards through their subdivision authority, according to a Wisconsin appellate court. Affirming a decision of a lower court and citing WI Supreme Court precedent, the District III Court of Appeals held in Anderson v Town of Newbold (2018AP547) that the statute providing towns authority to enact subdivision ordinances is “separate and distinct” from its zoning powers, and the fact that a minimum lot size subdivision ordinance covers the same regulatory ground as a similar zoning ordinance does not curtail the town’s subdivision power.

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Nominate a Lake Steward!
Lake Stewardship Award Nominations Accepted Through December 23, 2019

Nominations for 2020 Wisconsin Lakes Stewardship Awards to be accepted through Dec. 23, 2019 Each year the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership presents the Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Awards in celebration of the extraordinary volunteer and professional efforts made to protect and improve lakes in Wisconsin. The 2020 Awards will be handed out at the Wisconsin Lakes & […]

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Planting the Shore for Pollinators

WI Lakes Director Dan Butkus decided the shoreline of his Squash Lake property needed to be restored to the more natural condition he remembered from his childhood prior to his father clearing the trees. Knowing this would be not only a benefit aesthetically but also work to help stop the flow of contaminants into the lake, Dan used a Healthy Lakes grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to build a 350 square foot garden along the shoreline.

Read more about this awesome project and what you can do to help pollinators and your lake!

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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