By Mary Platner
Member of the Vilas County Subcommittee on Lake Classification from 1998 to 1999.
We continue to slug away at the bills sponsored by Rep. Adam Jarchow. Sen. Tiffany seems to be in hiding on some of this stuff now. Yesterday, Senate Bill 477 had its public hearing – the companion, Assembly Bill 603, had its hearing last week. Both Bill O’Connor and I testified yesterday and I am enclosing my testimony and attachments that went with it as well as Bill’s testimony. I think you will see that we are changing course a bit in hopes of finding more support on the right side of the aisle.
In my testimony, I focused on two elements: lake classification and the Great Lakes setback.
Steve Pearson | Leader columnist
Major changes in the regulation of our pristine lakes, rivers and other waterways in Wisconsin, changes that take power away from local governments and concentrate it at the state level, have occurred in the past year with more being proposed. No longer will local communities be able to decide how to take care of their lakes and rivers, more pollution-filtering wetlands will be filled in, exemptions will be allowed for obtaining a permit to discharge hazardous or toxic wastes into wetlands and there will be fewer protections for lake beds and other special waterways in our state. All of these changes have one thing in common, Rep. Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake.