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DNR BEGINS REVIEWING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS IN HIGH-CAPACITY WELL APPLICATIONS

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently announced that it would begin considering environmental impacts when reviewing applications for high-capacity wells. In a June 2, 2020 press release, the agency said it would begin doing so “pursuant to its duty to protect and preserve navigable waters under the public trust doctrine,” a duty upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in its Lake Beulah Management District v. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources decision from 2011.

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CONSERVATION CONGRESS VOTERS APPROVE OF INCREASING SLOW, NO WAKE ACREAGE

Respondents to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearing Questionnaire supported or held no opinion on the idea of increasing the acreage threshold under which a lake would automatically be deemed “slow, no wake.” Currently, any lake of 50 acres or less is designated as “slow, no wake” in Wisconsin. The question asked if the Conservation Congress should work with the legislature to ensure that any lake with 50 or more acres of surface not already deemed slow, no wake is designated entirely slow, no wake.

The vote was in favor of the question in all but one county of the state. Overall, respondents voted 42% in favor of the question, 32% held no opinion, and 26% voted against it. 55,999 votes were cast in total on the question, with the vast majority (54,895) coming from Wisconsinites.

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LAKE DISTRICTS MUST MEET NEW COMMISSIONER VOTE REQUIREMENTS IN 2020

Voting for lake district commissioners has always been a somewhat confusing process not helped by the ambiguity in Chapter 33, the section of Wisconsin law that covers lake districts. While most everyone understood elections occurred at the district’s annual meeting by secret ballot, various different methods for the taking and counting of those votes exist in districts across the state. 2019 Act 99, passed this session by the Legislature, relieves some of that ambiguity while creating some new processes that may surprise many of you. In this post, we’ll take a deep dive into Act 99 and the new process districts must follow in their elections from here on out.

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DNR Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Surface Water Grant Program Guidance

The public has an opportunity to comment on the proposed guidance document for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ consolidated surface water grant program.

The surface water grant program helps local groups protect and restore lakes, rivers and wetlands, and, control aquatic invasive species. Nearly $6.5 million is provided each year in the form of cost-sharing grants used by local organizations and units of government to protect their property values, restore water quality and habitat, and ensure surface water resources are protected and restored for the mutual benefit of nature and society.

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2020 NW Wisconsin Lakes Conference
Online for 2020

The Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference is a great opportunity for lake enthusiasts, local government officials, and others interested in protecting our water resources to take in a number of educational presentations and network with fellow conference attendees.

Join us for a LIVE interactive version of the conference from the comfort of your home or cabin. Using the best technology that the University of Wisconsin – Extension has to offer, you will have the opportunity to hear from some of the best local resource professionals around!

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COVID-19 and Wisconsin’s Lake Organizations

While Wisconsin is slowly reopening from the stay-at-home orders of April and May, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact lake organizations across the state.

We’ll be providing updates on how the crisis is impacting lakes right here and through our emails and other communications. From what’s happening to DNR lake-related programs to best practices of how to govern your lake organizations, count on us for information and advocacy.

Read all of our COVID-19 related posts here

From all of us at Wisconsin Lakes, we hope you stay safe and healthy through this difficult time.

 

HOW TO HOLD A LAKE ORGANIZATION MEETING IN 2020: AN OPEN DISCUSSION

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 ~ 4:00pm
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Over the last couple of months, Wisconsin Lakes hosted several webinars on the impacts lake organizations are facing in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. How to hold meetings, whether virtual or in-person, is a continued hot topic of conversation. Rather than focus solely on what laws and regulations […]

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CLEAN BOATS, CLEAN WATERS AMIDST THE PANIC
A Lake Organizations and COVID-19 Webinar

Video now available here!

In the latest of a series of webinars on lake organizations and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll take a deep look at the shape of the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program this summer. We’ll learn the current status of the Dept of Natural Resources and its progress towards reopening in general, as well as hear from CBCW program staff from both WDNR and UW-Extension Lakes on recommendations for how to operate your programs (if you choose to do so) this summer.


WEBINAR ARCHIVES:  LAKE ORGANIZATIONS & COVID-19

All of Wisconsin Lakes webinars and presentations on the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s lake organizations are available for viewing on the Wisconsin Lakes You Tube Channel


 

Your Statewide Lake Association

We Speak for Lakes!

Wisconsin Lakes, formerly known as the Wisconsin Association of Lakes, is the only statewide non-profit organization working exclusively to protect and enhance the quality of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes. For more than 20 years, Wisconsin Lakes has worked toward statewide solutions for the challenges faced by our abundant natural water resources while supporting strong local protection efforts. We represent citizens and lake groups like you who care about Wisconsin’s lakes as a shared resource, and who appreciate the value lakes bring to our quality of life, tourist economy, and property tax base. Wisconsin Lakes seeks to protect the natural wonder of our lakes, and preserve our collective right to boat, fish, hunt, ice skate, swim and enjoy the scenic beauty of our shared public waters.

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