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Shoreland Zoning: Mandatory, and Out of the Budget

A Wisconsin Counties Association proposal to further to make shoreland zoning voluntary is bad policy for Wisconsin and should stay out of the state budget July 3, 2017 By Michael Engleson, Executive Director With the legislature still working out the details on a solution to education and transportation funding, time remains for citizens to register […]

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Rumors flying over another shoreland zoning rollback

Could Shoreland Zoning become voluntary for counties? A recent rumor gaining traction across the state involves a new proposal to roll back shoreland zoning even further that would, among other things, remove from state law the requirement for counties to enact and enforce a shoreland zoning ordinance. The proposal, attributed to Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam […]

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Coming Soon – One of Summer’s Top Lake Events!

2017 Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference set for June 16 in Hayward! Be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming 2017 Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference, which returns this year in Hayward and will be held on Friday, June 16 at the Hayward High School. You won’t want to miss it! This very popular regional event […]

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Groundwater Bill Deserves Debate

No debate or amendments in Senate committee vote on groundwater bill (SB76) By Michael Engleson, Executive Director There’s no debate that Wisconsin is extraordinarily rich in water resources. There’s no debate that our surface waters are fundamentally connected to our groundwater, and that overuse of the latter can have unintended consequences on the quantity and […]

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REMINDER: Lakes in Action is coming to Eau Claire on March 30

You still have time to sign up for this basics of advocacy workshop! By Wisconsin Lakes staff Wisconsin Lakes and the River Alliance of Wisconsin are happy to announce a Lakes in Action – Advocacy 101 workshop is scheduled for Thursday evening March 30 from 5-8 at the Banbury Place, 800 Wisconsin St., in Eau Claire Advocacy 101 workshops […]

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Hearings on lakes dredging permit this week!

Hearings in Madison on Tue, Feb 14 and in Green Bay on Thr, Feb 16. Written comments due March 3. By Wisconsin Lakes staff Considerable concern has been raised among lakefront property owners regarding the negative impact of the ease of obtaining authorization to dredge near the shore under a proposed general permit being considered […]

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Dredging, redux!

DNR Proposes General Permit for Small Scale Dredging in Lakes By Michael Engleson, Wisconsin Lakes In the last legislative session, one of the large pot pourri property rights bills dealing with water included a provision that directed the Department of Natural Resources to issue a general permit that would have allowed a riparian landowner to […]

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2017: Moving forward

Living in a time of seemingly constant change By Michael Engleson, Executive Director It is often said that the only constant in the world is change. The last few years have provided particularly strong evidence for the truth of that nugget of wisdom, and little suggests the pace of change will slow as we head […]

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2016: Challenges Overcome

The Story of Wisconsin Lakes’ Year By Michael Engleson, Executive Director Wisconsin Lakes entered 2016 in a difficult spot. Governor Walker’s 2015 budget veto of the longstanding partnership contract with WDNR led to the elimination of the position of Education Director and a farewell to longtime employee Susan Tesarik, not to mention two-thirds of the […]

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