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Time to Comment on DNR Water Grant Program Revision

DNR Announces Public Comment Period for Its Surface Water Grants Code Revision Wisconsin DNR recently published the following announcement regarding the revision of its surface water grants program. Public comment sought on the DNR’s surface water grant program Contact(s): Alison Mikulyuk, DNR lakes and rivers team leader, 608-264-8947 MADISON-The public comment period to provide feedback on […]

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DNR Working Hard on Lakes

Weekly Update Features Several Lake Related Items, Including a Public Comment Period on Surface Water Grants By Wisconsin Lakes Staff Just about every week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sends out a digest email highlighting important news from the agency. Last week’s, dated June 18, 2019, featured a host of lake related items, including: […]

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Speak for Clean Water – Round 3-4

Speaker’s Water Quality Task Force to Hold Hearings June 12 and 13 The Speaker’s Water Quality Task Force, a bipartisan joint committee of both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature will be holding two public hearings this week to collect information and gather your input on the problems and solutions to Wisconsin’s water quality crisis. Too […]

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Task Force Sets First Water Quality Hearing

Speaker’s Water Quality Task Force to Take Public Testimony By Wisconsin Lakes Staff April 30, 2019 The first opportunity for the public to speak in front of the Wisconsin legislature’s bipartisan Water Quality Task Force is set for Wednesday, May 8. The task force, created by Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos (R-Rochester) in the […]

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Wisconsin DNR Unveils Draft Strategy for Aquatic Invasive Species

What Do You Think? DNR Accepts Public Comments Through Aug 31 By Michael Engleson, WI Lakes Executive Director August 9, 2018 Starry Stonewort in the southeast. Zebra mussels encroaching on the northwest. Eurasian Watermilfoil a constant irritant to lakes across the state. Aquatic invasive species (“AIS”) like these are a scourge on lakes, rivers, and […]

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This time its the wetlands…

Bill would exempt 20% of Wisconsin’s wetlands from permitting requirements By Michael Engleson, Wisconsin Lakes A bill exempting “non-federal” wetlands from Wisconsin’s wetland permitting requirements is set to receive a legislative hearing on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the State Capitol in Madison. The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment will hold a […]

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Navigability Bill Gets Hearing, Questions

AB599/SB506 would impact across Wisconsin, though written for a single project, and some legislators question if it’s needed December 4, 2017 By Wisconsin Lakes staff Tuesday, November 28 proved to be a busy day in the Capitol as both Senate and Assembly committees held public hearings on a bill that would restrict the WI Dept […]

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Why restrict navigability?

Wisconsin Lakes opposes bill that would limit protections on some dammed lakes, restrict DNR from navigability determinations By Wisconsin Lakes staff As reported earlier by Wisconsin Lakes, AB599/SB506 would restrict the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) from determining an impoundment (a lake created by a dam) is a navigable water if the water being dammed was […]

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Navigable? Says who?

Bill would restrict DNR’s ability to determine some impoundments are navigable waters, exempt those waters from many water quality protections By Wisconsin Lakes staff A bill set for separate hearings by both Senate and Assembly committees on Tuesday, Nov 28 would restrict the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in certain circumstances from determining that a lake […]

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