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ACTION ALERT! You can submit written comments on the  Arrowhead-Weston Transmission Line Until August 29, 2004  
 

The Public Hearing was held on August 19, but you still have time to give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) feedback on the negative impacts of the proposed Arrowhead-Weston transmission line on the wetlands and other features of the national scenic riverways the proposed line would cross.

Submit a letter to the Corps by August 29 expressing your concerns about the environmental impacts of the proposed line. Comments should be mailed to:

For more information:



ACTION ALERT!
Public Hearing on Arrowhead-Weston Transmission Line August 19, 2004

From: Todd Hanson [mailto:stewardship@wsn.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 1:38 PM


The time is NOW to give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) feedback on the negative impacts of the proposed Arrowhead-Weston transmission line on the wetlands and other features of the national scenic riverways the proposed line would cross. A single public comment session has been scheduled for next week, so there are two actions you can take:

    1. Attend the only Public Hearing held by the Army Corps:

    Public Hearing August 19, 2004
    7:00 PM
    LCO Casino Convention Center
    13767 West County Road B, about 4 miles east of Hayward, Wisconsin
    Link to map of hearing location

2. Submit a letter to the Corps by August 29 expressing your concerns about the environmental impacts of the proposed line. Comments should be mailed to:
BACKGROUND

You will remember that the WDNR once recommended that the A-W line not be built along its proposed path due to the lineís impacts on forests, wetlands, and rivers. Despite this, the Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a Certificate of Public Need (which carries the power of eminent domain) to build the line. This certificate is currently being contested by Clean Wisconsin and SOUL who contend that the certificate was wrongly granted by the PSC. They contend the PSC did not follow its own rules to wait until the WDNR had issued its permits before issuing the certificate. The Corps should not compound this error. The Corps should be urged to wait until the after this appeal of the PSCís action before deciding on the line.

Other points of objection to the Corpís environmental impact statement are contained in a comment submitted by Gaylord Nelson and others. The WSN has posted Gov. Nelsonís comment at http://www.wsn.org/transmission_line/deis_comments_052704.pdf

Finally, Sandy Lyon of WSN member group Anishinaabe Niijii/Protect the Earth will be happy to talk with anyone interested about the A-W line's environmental impacts in areas where the Corps has jurisdiction. Sandy has followed this very closely, and she suggests that before you call her at (715) 766-2725, you visit http://www.protecttheearth.org/Gaylord%20Nelson%201.htm to learn more about the wild places of the northwest that Gaylord Nelson seeks to protect from the destruction of the proposed Arrowhead 345,000 volt transmission line.

Todd Hanson
Executive Director
WI Stewardship Network
122 State St. Ste. 510
Madison, WI  53703
(608) 268-1218 (phone & fax)

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Sign on Letter to Governor Doyle to
Protect our Great Lakes

From Derek Scheer, Water Policy Director for Clean Wisconsin

On Monday July 19th the Council of Great Lakes Governors, led by Wisconsinís Governor Doyle, released two draft documents designed as a contract between the eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. These documents are the first step in drafting laws that will affect how your Great Lakes water is used by the agriculture industry, manufacturing, businesses, and municipalities. 

One document is a good-faith agreement between the 10 states and provinces. The other document is a compact (called the Great Lakes Basin Water Resources Compact) to enhance joint decision making about the use of Great Lakes water. Both the agreement and the compact are designed to protect, conserve, restore, and improve the waters and water-dependent natural resources of the Great Lakes Basin.

Now is the time to take action and help protect your Great Lakes.  Ask Governor D