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Wisconsin Watershed News Briefs

From the River Alliance of Wisconsin
Posted 10/02/2002


Citizen Action Network for our Environment

Volume 5 Issue 26

September 26, 2002

In This Issue

1. Florence County's Visionary Wild Rivers Zoning Ordinance
  Show Your Support!

2. Nominate Wisconsin's Clean Water Leaders

3. Greater Milwaukee Clean Water Forum

Today's Quote

"Whenever you pump water out of the ground, you're taking water that wants to go somewhere else. ... Everything is interconnected. There is a relationship between the water in streams and the water underground."

-- George Kraft, Central Wisconsin Groundwater Center-- quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal

1. Show Your Support for Florence County's Visionary Wild Rivers Zoning Ordinance

The Wild Rivers are some of Wisconsin’s more remote and undeveloped rivers. The Pine and Popple Rivers flow across Florence County. In 1965, the Wisconsin legislature designated the Pine and Popple Rivers Wild Rivers, to be protected from development and kept in a natural, free-flowing condition. The public lands are open for hunting and fishing. The Florence County board then enacted the Wild Rivers Ordinance, which calls for stronger protections for the county’s Wild Rivers. It specifies building setbacks of 150 feet from the river, a minimum lot size of five acres and 500’ river frontage, with a forest density requirement, and other guidance.

Before the end of 2002, Florence county is expected to re-examine the Wild Rivers Ordinance. They are considering less stringent Wild Rivers protection. Florence County Lakes and Rivers Association members are leading a letter and petition drive to encourage Florence County to keep the Wild Rivers Ordinance as is.

To sign FCLARA’s petition, or send a letter to the Florence County Board in support of Wild Rivers Zoning, contact:
Tom Tanner (715-674-5807,
Joe Bachman (920-722-1018,

If you have Florence County roots, mention them.
Urge Florence County officials to leave the current Wild Rivers zoning unchanged.

Key people to contact include:
Ed Kelley, County Board Chair,;
Bruce Osterberg, Zoning Committee Chair, RR1, Box 292, Niagara, WI 54151;
Rich Wolosyn, Zoning Administrator,

County Board contact information is online at

2. Nominate Wisconsin's Clean Water Leaders
By Ken Wiesner

This October marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the federal Clean Water Act.

Secretary Bazzell would like to mark the occasion by recognizing individuals (within and outside the DNR) and organizations that have made a positive impact on Wisconsin's progress toward Clean Water Act goals over the past three decades. Secretary Bazzell is asking for your help identifying those who have made significant contributions.

Please take a moment to reflect on the progress that we've made as a state in the area of clean water since 1972. If you believe certain individuals and organizations played a critical role in our quest toward clean water, please nominate them so they can receive the recognition they deserve. Nominations may be brief, and should contain the nominees' name and contact information (if available) along with a statement regarding the nominee's roles or achievements.

Submit your nominations by September 30 to Susan Sylvester,, Water Division administrator. Email nominations are preferred. All who are nominated will receive recognition from the DNR Secretary's Office. Those receiving multiple nominations for significant achievements will be selected for recognition at the upcoming Waters of Wisconsin Forum October 21-22, at upcoming Natural Resources Board meetings, and at other events celebrating Wisconsin's clean water progress.

Click for more information on the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Waters of Wisconsin conference in October.

3. Greater Milwaukee Clean Water Forum
Protecting the Watershed and Improving Water Quality: A Public Dialogue exploring options and issues

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will sponsor the Greater Milwaukee Clean Water Forum

Saturday, October 5, 2002
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Student Union, 2200 East Kenwood Blvd.
7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Join scientists, government officials and environmentalists in an important dialogue.

Find out what is being done, learn in non-technical scientific terms, ask questions, and participate in the discussion. Preserving this resource is too important to leave it up to someone else!

The forum will feature the following keynote addresses:

Morning Keynote
Kelly Cave, Director, Wayne County, Michigan
Department of Environment Watershed Management Division

"Advancing a Comprehensive Watershed Management Approach: A Case Study of the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project"

Luncheon Keynote:
Chris Yoder, Senior Research Associate/Principal Investigator
Midwest Biodiversity Institute & Center for Applied Bioassessment and Biocriteria (MBI/CABB)

"Do the Numbers Add Up? Challenges in Assessing Urban Watersheds"

Closing Keynote:
Timothy Ehlinger, Associate Professor
UWM Department of Biological Sciences

"Our Water's Future: Will we go with the flow or swim against the current?"

Ten concurrent panels of experts will include the topics:

  • Are there fish to eat and can we eat the fish?

  • Is our water getting cleaner?

  • What is 'non-point source' pollution?

  • Celebrating water as an organizing theme in our community

  • How do land use & development impact water quality?

  • Should we worry about sewer overflows?

  • Can I swim at the beach?

  • What are watershed and wetlands? How do they work?

  • Preparing for terrorism?

  • How do the Great Lakes work and how are they changing?

The Conference will be held in the UWM Union, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI. Parking will be available in the Union parking garage. Registration check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will take place on the first floor of the building.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 +Center for Urban Initiatives and Research
 +Freshwater Initiative of The Milwaukee Idea
 +Great Lakes WATER Institute
 +Department of Urban Planning
Marquette University
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Milwaukee Water Works
Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Contributing Sponsors:
Miller Brewing Company
WE Energies

The complete program, speaker information, and a form for mailing or faxing
registration is available is downloadable in either pdf or Word format at:

Registration cost for the daylong forum is $40 general public, $20 full-time students and includes continental breakfast, luncheon and reception.

To Register:
Program No. 7800-8888

If you have a VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS or company purchase order number, you may phone in your registration to (414) 227-3200 or 1-800-222-3623. Please make checks payable to UW-Milwaukee. You will receive confirmation of registration by mail.

On-line registration by credit card is available at: .

River Alliance of Wisconsin
306 East Wilson Street, #2W Madison, WI 53703
Tel: 608-257-2424. Fax: 608-260-9799.
Email: Web:

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