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Category: Lake Policy

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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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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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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The EPA wants to hear from you!

Listening session scheduled for Eau Claire By Wisconsin Lakes staff Tuesday night in Eau Claire, members of the public are invited to come and share their thoughts and concerns about the implementation of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act in Wisconsin to the Administrator of US EPA’s Region V, Robert Kaplan. Administrator […]

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Find the power in a collective voice

“LAKES IN ACTION” ADVOCACY 101 TRAININGS KICK OFF CAMPAIGN TO AMPLIFY THE VOICE OF LAKE ORGANIZATIONS AND WATERFRONT PROPERTY OWNERS IN WATER POLICY DISCUSSIONS By Mike Engleson, Executive Director Wish you could influence public policy makers to be more protective of our lakes and waters, instead of tearing down existing protections? You can! And by […]

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