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August 1
, 2005

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Announcements
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List of Wisconsin Media and Abbreviations used in WSNetwork News


 

Last Issue of WSNetwork News

Unfortunately due to lack of funding, this will be the last issue of WSNetwork News.

Environmental news with an emphasis on Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox River PCB cleanup will be available on CWAC's Fox River Media page at
http://www.foxriverwatch.com/media_news_pcb.html

Arrowhead-Weston Transmission Line

WSN Issue Chair: Logan Edinger, Save Our Unique Lands
edinger@centurytel.net


Articles from State Media


Save Our Unique Lands


 

Environmental Education Initiatives

WSN Issue Chair: Sarah Lloyd, Concerned Citizens of Newport
Sarah_Lloyd@centurytel.net


Articles from State Media


 

Fair Motorboat Gas Revenue Allocation

WSN Issue Chair: Peter Murray, WI Assn. of Lakes
ptmurray@wisconsinlakes.org

 


 

Forest & Habitat Fragmentation

WSN Issue Chair: John Schwarzmann, ECCOLA
eccola@newnorth.net


Article from State Media


 

Shoreland Zoning

WSN Issue Chairs: Jim Wise, ECCOLA, ecowise@newnorth.net
and
Peter Murray, WI Assn. of Lakes ptmurray@wisconsinlakes.org


Article from State Media


ACTION ALERT: Support Proposed New Shoreland Management Program

Voice your support at one of 11 public hearings this summer

Public Hearings on Shoreland Zoning Rules
through Aug 4

From Clean Wisconsin

Development along Wisconsin's lakes and rivers has been governed by a set of rules that is almost 40 years old. Given the advancement of knowledge about lakes and rivers in the past 40 years, this is an important and essential opportunity for our voices to be heard.

The DNR will be holding 11 public hearings across the state in July and August. We need your help.

The updated rules:

  • Help maintain and restore natural areas that protect water quality and provide critical habitat for fish and wildlife, while at the same time providing greater flexibility and certainty for property owners.
  • Allow property owners greater flexibility in improving and expanding so-called 'non-conforming structures' built before 1968 so long as they restore shoreline vegetation in return.
  • Allows each county to decide on vegetation management to best protect local resources.
  • Were developed with broad public participation and diverse representation.

Please attend one of these hearings to express your support for these proposed rules. For more details and the schedule of hearings, see Clean Wisconsin's website.

If you have questions or if you plan on attending one of the public hearings please let Will Hoyer, Clean Wisconsin Water Specialist, at (608)-251-7020 x20 or whoyer@cleanwisconsin.org.

For more information on the issue please visit the: Wisconsin DNR Shoreland Management webpage.  


 

Water Regulation

WSN Issue Chair: Derek Scheer, Clean Wisconsin
dscheer@cleanwisconsin.org


Article from State Media


Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Draft Action Plan Released

Public Comments accepted until September 30 at www.glrc.us

On July 8, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) released a Draft Action Plan intended to restore and protect the Great Lakes. The GLRC is a U.S Environmental Protection Agency-led initiative, made up of federal, state and local government members, tribes, and conservation and environmental organizations from across the region, including Clean Wisconsin.

The Draft Action Plan focuses on eight Great Lakes priorities, including:

    --Restoring wildlife habitat;
    --Shutting the door on aquatic invasive species;
    --Cleaning up the most polluted toxic areas;
    --Investing in sewage systems that treat all wastewater;
    --Stopping continued pollution from flowing into the Lakes.

The public is invited to read the draft and submit comments at www.glrc.us. Comments will be taken through September 9, 2005. A series of five public meetings will be held during the comment period. At the hearings, members of the public can meet with members of the GLRC, hear more about the plan and provide valuable input. Written comments will be accepted at these public meetings. The locations, times and dates of these hearings have yet to be determined.

Read more at the Clean Wisconsin site

 

Announcements

 


Great Lakes Hearings in August

From Clean Wisconsin

Clean Wisconsin urges all Wisconsin citizens who care about the Great Lakes and our special places to take the time to attend one of four public hearings held in August on a pair of initiatives – the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact Agreement and the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Restoration Strategy.

The hearings – to be held in Superior, Ashland, Green Bay and Milwaukee – offer citizens the chance to learn about the plans and provide comments to the DNR and the governor.  Each hearing will feature a presentation on the two initiatives followed by time for citizens to provide their comments.

This will be the second summer that residents have the opportunity to provide feedback on the Compact.  The Compact is a “responsibility pact” designed to protect the Great Lakes by putting strict limits on the diversion of water outside the Great Lakes basin.  The Restoration Strategy is out for its first and only public comment period.   

If fully funded it would begin the process of cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes by addressing such issues as invasive species, polluted runoff, toxic pollutants and wetlands.

Hearing schedule:

  • Superior, Aug. 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Barker's Island Inn, 300 Marina Drive. Hosted by representatives of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration.
  • Ashland, Aug. 8 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, U.S. Highway 2 and County Highway G. Open house at 4 p.m. Presentation and public comment starts at 4:30 p.m. DNR sponsored.
  • West Allis, Aug. 22 at Wisconsin State Fair Park Youth Center, 640 S. 84th St. Enter Gate 5. Open house at 6:30 p.m. Presentation and public comment starts at 7 p.m. DNR sponsored.
  • Ashwaubenon, Aug. 29 at Ashwaubenon Village Hall, 2155 Holmgren Way. Open house at 5 p.m. Presentation and public comment starts at 5:30 p.m. DNR sponsored.

DNR has the full information on the Annex and Restoration hearings up at its Great Lakes office websites http://dnr.wi.gov/org/water/greatlakes/annex2001/
and
http://dnr.wi.gov/org/water/greatlakes/regional/

Cleanwisconsin.org and greatlakesforever.org have the documents and e-letters to the Governor

Derek Scheer
Water Policy Director
Clean Wisconsin
(Formerly Wisconsin's Environmental Decade)
122 State Street, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53703-2500
P: 608.251.7020    F: 608.251.1655
W:
www.cleanwisconsin.org 


Fighting Bob Fest IV, 2005
“The Vote At Risk: 40 Years After the Voting Rights Act”

From http://www.fightingbobfest.com/index.htm

Voters have come to doubt the fairness of our democracy and the accuracy of our voting methods in light of a series of questionable presidential elections and computer-paperless voting. We have an obligation to protect our voting rights.

It’s a long tradition. During “Fighting Bob” La Follette’s term as Governor, Wisconsin became the model of voting reform by becoming the first state in the nation to implement the open primary system for state office. The party bosses were replaced by the people, their hold was effectively broken, and government began working for the people.

Now it’s our turn. Since the Progressive Era, the power of money has eroded La Follette’s many reforms and Wisconsin finds itself, once again, with a reputation of corrupt politics. Fortunately, as they say, our future is still our own!

Join us in Baraboo, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 10, 2005 where we will celebrate the 150 th birthday of Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La Follette. We’ll also welcome the grassroots excitement of The People’s Legislature, and plan a course of action for reform. There will be speakers, music, and an enthusiastic crowd of progressives looking for new ways to improve upon the “experiment in democracy” that is Wisconsin.

Read article about speakers for Fighting Bob Fest IV


MOSES: Nominations Sought For 2006 “Organic Farmer of the Year” Award

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) has issued a call for nominations for the 2006 “Organic Farmer of the Year” award. This prestigious award has been presented annually since 2003 at the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. More than 1800 people attended the conference this past February. Previous award winners have been vegetable producers Martin and Atina Diffley of Eagan, Minnesota, community supported agriculture pioneers Richard De Wilde and Linda Halley of Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and cash grain and hog producers Carmen and Sally Fernholtz of Madison, Minnesota.

Those that seek to nominate a farmer or farming operation for the award must complete and return the Nomination Application form, available from the MOSES office (715-772-3153) or at www.mosesorganic.org. The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2005.

For more information Read the article at WisBusiness


 

Did you know that, in the 1980s, one of the top two sites considered for nuclear waste storage was
the Wolf River Batholith located along the Wolf River in central and northeast Wisconsin?

Now that there are numerous problems with using Yucca Mountain, the Wolf River Batholith
could once more be a target site for nuclear waste storage.

Many of the people and groups who opposed the proposed Crandon mine, are organizing to
keep the Wolf River Batholith from ever being used to store nuclear waste.

A website for the group (under heavy construction) has been started at
www.notinmybatholith.com.
If you would like to receive meeting notices, send information, volunteer or receive information about this important issue, send email to
info@notinmybatholith.com

For more information about the Wolf River Batholith see
http://www.alphacdc.com/treaty/wolfbatholith.html

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing." Edmund Burke
 

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