The Public Trust Doctrine:
Wisconsinís Constitution

 
The Public Trust Doctrine was added to the Wisconsin Constitution in February of 1948.  It states that all rivers, lakes and navigable waterways are under the jurisdiction of the State of Wisconsin.  Any structure which is built on a waterway impacts the public rights to that waterway, and needs to be monitored by the State of Wisconsin to assure safety, water quality, public access and monitor its impact on Wisconsin wildlife.

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