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ALERT: Support Proposed New Shoreland Management Program
Voice your support at one of 11 public hearings this summer
Hearings on Shoreland Zoning
through Aug 4
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the issue please visit the: Wisconsin
DNR Shoreland Management webpage.
from State Media
Great Lakes Regional
Collaboration Draft Action Plan
Comments accepted until September
30 at www.glrc.us
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
--Stopping continued pollution from flowing into the
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.
more at the Clean Wisconsin
Great Lakes Hearings
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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/
have the documents and e-letters to
Water Policy Director
(Formerly Wisconsin's Environmental
122 State Street, Suite 200
P: 608.251.7020 F:
Fighting Bob Fest IV, 2005
“The Vote At
Risk: 40 Years After the Voting Rights Act”
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
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.
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.
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.
more information Read
the article at WisBusiness
you know that, in the 1980s, one of the top two sites
considered for nuclear waste storage was
River Batholith located along the Wolf River in central
and northeast Wisconsin?
that there are numerous problems with using Yucca Mountain,
the Wolf River Batholith
could once more be a target
site for nuclear waste storage.
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.
you would like to receive meeting notices, send information,
or receive information about this important issue, send
more information about the Wolf River Batholith see
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necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing." Edmund
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