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A bill introduced by Senator Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) clarifies the size of a viewing corridor that a county shoreland zoning ordinance must allow if it requires a vegetative buffer to be maintained. The bill was recently signed into law by Governor Evers as Act 200.

Previously, counties were required to allow viewing corridors of a width of 35 feet for every 100 feet of shoreland frontage. This was widely interpreted to mean that for every 100 feet, a landowner could have 35 feet of buffer, so that a 199 foot wide lot received a 35 foot corridor, but a 200 foot lot received 70 feet.

The law makes the size of corridor allowed fairer by allowing 35% of the frontage to be a viewing corridor, with a minimum width of 10 feet. The law also incorporates the standard in NR115, the administrative code governing shoreland zoning, that the maximum amount of viewing corridor that can be allowed is 200 feet. Previously it was unclear whether the NR115 standard applied.

Wisconsin Lakes worked with the Dept. of Natural Resources and Sen Felzkowski to draft a compromise to the language that all parties could be satisfied with, resulting in a bill Wisconsin Lakes supported.

Aquatic Plant Management Rules to be Considered by Natural Resources Board on Aug 10 – Public invited to comment

Deadline to submit written comments or request an appearance before the board extended to 11am, Friday August 5, 2022

The Natural Resources Board will consider DNR’s aquatic plant management rules revision package for adoption at it’s meeting on Aug 10. Wisconsin Lakes supports adoption of the rules as an important step forward in aquatic plant management that will lead to more effective treatments (both chemical and non-chemical) over the long term.

UPDATE! The board has extended the time to register to speak on the rulemaking at the Aug 10 meeting or to submit written comments for board consideration to 11am on August 5, 2022

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Thanks for helping us celebrate Wisconsin Water Week in 2022! For info on 2023’s recognition of the importance of water to Wisconsin, follow our companion website at wisconsinwaterweek.org!

SAVE THE DATE! 2023 Wisconsin Lakes & Rivers Convention
April 19-21, 2023 ~ Stevens Point Holiday Inn & Convention Center

“Building Trust Around Water Together”

Thanks to all who participated – in person or online – for making the 2022 Wisconsin Lakes & Rivers Convention a success! Save the date for 2023 and watch for more information throughout the year on wisconsinwaterweek.org!

Nominate a Wisconsin Lake Steward!

Deadline for the 2023 awards is December 1, 2022!

Do you know an outstanding person or group who dedicates time and talent to our state’s water resources? We encourage you to nominate them for the prestigious Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award! The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership presents the Wisconsin Lake Stewardship awards each year in celebration of the extraordinary volunteer and professional efforts made to protect and improve lakes in Wisconsin. The Stewardship Awards represent our best collective effort to honor and celebrate all the incredible work that goes into ensuring the future of our state’s legacy of lakes.

Read more on wisconsinwaterweek.org for info and how to nominate!


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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