We continue to work on our bill, which is still a work in progress. Currently, thought is being given to additions that will include some of the local authority that was removed in Act 55. We are also reviewing the Rep. Jarchow bills (now numbering 3) which continue to remove local control and place these new restrictions in statute, making corrections much more difficult. The reason for putting state government in control of local issues continues to mystify everyone on both sides of the political aisle, but leadership, in this very unsettled legislative environment has yet to challenge or exert guidance or control. We are not yet in jeopardy of being too late for the next floor session. However, nothing in this legislative period is a sure thing. The current relationship between the Senate and Assembly continues to become increasingly more contentious, as do relationships within the majority party.
Below is a summary of the new bill (Senator Lassee and Rep. Jarchow) that addresses private property rights and shoreland property and lakes for your information. Writing your elected representatives is critically important now to prevent this misguided legislation from going forward. I will be sending all a notification of the public hearing dates on this bill, which will be coming up in January.
This bill seems to have many unrelated “cleanup” issues, (many of which were rules and now are proposed to be laws) but tucked inside them are some incredibly damaging proposals. We are crosschecking this bill with existing statute and that will go on for another week or so but I will point out a few potential big problems: dredging lake bottom, “shared docks” with no length restrictions and the legalization of the use of ATV’s in the lake shallows on the lake bed.
We continue to grow and will continue to need your support. Our thanks for your passion and your assistance. We have received second donations from some of our associations and even though they are already on our list, we are doubly grateful for their continued support.
Best wishes to everyone for a Happy Holiday Season, from the team of ….
WISCONSIN SHORELAND INITIATIVE
Cheryl Carper, Dick Cochrane, Sheehan Donoghue, Joe Lakota, Sue Lloyd, Doug Pinney, John Richter, Gail Shea
The Lake and Property Owners Associations of
Plum Lake • Black Oak Lake • Big Portage Lake • Three Lakes Chain • Found Lake • Big Sand Lake • Ballard/Irving/White Birch Lakes • Nelson Lake • Boulder Lake • Two Sisters Lake • Pelican Lake • Big Horsehead Lake • Eau Claire Lakes • Ike Walton Lake • Bayfield County Lakes Forum • Northwest Wisconsin Waters Consortium • Crab Lake • Long Lake • Big Bass Lake • Lake Katherine • Finger Lake • Eagle River Chain • Lake Owen • Upper St. Croix Lakes • Lac Courte Oreilles • North and South Twin Lakes • Carpenter Lake • White Sand Lake • Indian Lake • Manitowish Chain • Yellow Birch Lake • Hewitt Lake • Osprey Lake • Whitefish Lake • Diamond Lake • Hunter Lake • Lake Minnesuing • Lake Mildred • Red Lake • Armour Lake • Little Bass Lake • Slim Lake • Turtle Flambeau Flowage • Trude Lake • Chippewa flowage • Carlin Lake • Tainter/Menomin Lakes • Mildred/Clear Lakes • Papoose/ Rosalind Lakes • Spider Lake • Whitefish Lake • Desair Lake • Finger Lake • Bolger Lake • Presque Isle Lake • Alma Moon Lakes • Whitefish Lake
The Vilas, Oneida, Polk, Douglas, Iron, Washburn, and Watersmeet Lakes and Rivers Associations • Town of Winchester • Sawyer County Lakes forum • Douglas County Lakes and Streams
The Northwest Area Wisconsin Land And Water Conservation Association (representing land and water departments from 11 counties)
and dedicated individuals too numerous to mention