July 21, 2016 Update

Fund Raising

It is time for us to ask all of our partners to consider contributions to WSI.  Our funding is at low ebb now and we will need to replenish it for the next session.  I am in hopes that Lake Association Boards will also ask individual members to contribute.  We have been the grateful recipient of four figure donations from some of our Plum Lake people as well as a couple from outside our area.  I hope that others who are capable from around the state will consider making a donation to our efforts.  Financial updates are available on request.  We are working on a PayPal donation capability for the website, but in the interim, please send contributions to Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative, P.O. Box 193, Sayner, WI. 54560


Speaking to Associations

We have been asked to speak to lake associations frequently and there are now two of us to get around the state.  Bill Scott, a member of the steering committee of WSI has volunteered and joined me in Mercer recently for an address to the Turtle Flambeau group.  Bill is an attorney from Milwaukee and has a depth of experience in water law issues.  He was the lawyer to set the strategy on the Lake Beulah high capacity well case that is perhaps the most notable recent Public Trust Doctrine case in Wisconsin.  He is a geologist as well as a lawyer and is well placed for the challenges on our road ahead.  We are both available for a quick update on the last year and our plans for next session as well as what we can expect from both Rep. Jarchow and Sen. Tiffany. In addition, Mary Panzer has volunteered to fill in where needed in this effort.  She will be speaking to Geneva Lake Association later this month at their annual meeting.  If we can help you with a presentation to your meeting, please let me know.


Some of us have been writing letters to the editor and I am attaching one here for your information – it has appeared in 4 or 5 papers s in the last couple of weeks and I plan to continue to send it out.  I sent it personally, not from WSI.  I would encourage you to get your writers together and send them out regularly.

Steering Committee Meeting

We are going to have our first face-to-face meeting of the Steering Committee on August 18th, right after the Wisconsin Lakes/River Alliance advocacy training session in Manitowish Waters at the Discovery Center.  There are two locations for this worthwhile session, the first being in Shell Lake on the 17th and the second being in Manitowish Waters on the 18th. I would encourage you to participate.  Sign up is required @ http://www.wisconsinlakes.org/


                                                                                                   John Richter