As we wrap up our legislative activity this session, I would like to address a topic that has occasionally come up – our (WSI) political identity.  In my first letter to our lake partners, I made a statement that was intended to define our effort going forward.  That statement was:   “The health of our lakes is not a political issue”.

We have been extraordinarily careful to not be identified as politically partisan.  In our testimony in the Senate and the Assembly, we have registered our presentations as “for information only” rather than “in favor” or “opposed”.  We were perhaps the only organization aside from state agencies that did so.  The only exception was on SB 477 regarding dredging and operating vehicles on the shallow lakebed habitat, where opposition was clearly required.

 We have worked side by side with both parties in an attempt to educate them about both the needs of our lakes as well as the risks and lurking dangers to our lakes and to allow them to have the background (that many don’t have) to make knowledgeable decisions.  It is our belief that the best decisions about our lakes, rivers and shorelands will be the most educated decisions.

 We will continue to operate as a non-partisan organization and will be prudent in the alliances we form to maintain our independence.  Our only advocacy will be for our lakes, rivers and shorelands which are Wisconsin’s greatest economic asset, the tax base of many county and local governments, the engine of local economies and the home and recreational destination of so many of its residents and visitors.

 As always, thank you again for your contribution to our effort and your work for our lakes.


Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative

The Lake and Property Owners Associations of
Plum Lake  • Black Oak Lake  • Big Portage Lake  • Three Lakes Chain of Lakes • 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  of Lakes •  Lake Owen  •  Upper St. Croix Lakes  •  Lac Courte Oreilles  •   North and South Twin Lakes  •  Carpenter Lake  •  White Sand Lake  •  Indian Lake  •  Manitowish Chain of Lakes •  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   •   Geneva Lake   •    Turtle Chain of Lakes   •   Blue 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