"In the end we conserve only what we love, we love only what we understand, and we understand only what we are taught." - Babr Dioum, Sengalese poet
VCLRA is an information, education network that helps lake associations and individual citizens make wise decisions in their effort to preserve and protect the unique waterways of Vilas County, now and well into the future.
Join VCLRA today. You will receive our newsletter and you may participate in
Lakes Day at the Conserve School near Land O' Lakes. Both of these will update
you on current lake and river
issues and future educational events. Learn how to take an
active role in preventing
Aquatic Invasive Species, preserving wild shorelines,
managing piers, saving loons and
maintaining clean, unpolluted water.
Wisconsin's Lakes Need Your Help NOW!
See below for a "Call to Action" from Wisconsin Lakes and the Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative.
Please consider sending public comment. Thank you for caring about our waters!
Written comments regarding the proposed small scale dredging of waterbodies in Wisconsin
will be accepted until March 3, 2017
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
by standard mail to:
Waterway Policy Coordinator
Bureau of Watershed Management, DNR-WT/3
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
Proposed Dredging General Permit
considered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). General permits do not require the same level of scrutiny or notice as individual permits. Dredging is currently allowed in the areas this general permit covers, but only by obtaining an individual permit. Wisconsin Lakes’ position is that the individual permit process is not so onerous to need to be abandoned, especially given the potential harm that dredging can cause a lake when done poorly. The permit would allow up to 25 cubic yards to be dredged from an inland lake over a five year period (100 cubic yards from the Great Lakes), but any amount dredged raises a concern.
Here are some of our principal objections to this permit:
* By switching from an individual permit to a general permit, the benefit of site review by a trained DNR staff person is lost. This makes it much more unlikely that special and unique conditions will be recognized, or in some cases reported, by the property owner seeking the permit.
on whether there might be less obvious impacts from the project, and gives the local lake organization or others a better handle of what sorts of dredging activity might be going on on the lake at a give time - an important point when crafting some lake management plans and implementing those plans from year to year.
* The permit contains no requirement for the entity doing the work to be qualified or knowledgeable in best practices for dredging. While it does require some specific practices (and it could be even more specific), it does not require proof that the landowners or their contractors are familiar with those practices. If a general permit is to be used, contractor certification or demonstration of knowledge should be required.
* Not having the permit looked at up front makes enforcement during and upon completion all the more important. With declining DNR staffing, that becomes more and more unlikely, and thus the potential of serious problems on some lakes increases.
If you choose to comment against this proposal, we encourage you to personalize your comments by telling the department how a dredging issue could impact you in a negative way. Be concise, respectful, and on topic while firmly expressing your point of view will carry your message most effectively.
Shoreland Stewardship Page
Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative
A groundswell of local citizens who are politically advocating for issues of critical importance
for our lakes on behalf of all Wisconsin lake associations.
your membership and contributions
to protect and enhance their property with habitat restoration and runoff and erosion control projects.
Healthy Lakes Implementation Plan web site for additional updated information.
by resolution or integrate it into a complimentary planning effort, like lake management
or comprehensive planning.
You can contact Patrick Goggin, Lake Specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Extension
or Mariquita (Quita) Sheehan, Conservation Specialist
for Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Department
for additional assistance.
107 Sutliff Avenue
Rhinelander WI / 54501
Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Dept.
330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI, 54521
Healthy Lakes Webinar that was held on November 13, 2014.