Sunday, February 19, 2017

Say NO to Dredging Our Lakes - Submit Comments by March 3rd

Our "Chamber-of-Commerce-mentality" DNR is planning to issue a "General Permit" that will allow a huge expansion of of dredging in our lakes. A similar proposal was shot down in the legislature last year, but doing this through a general permit would not require legislative approval

Please contact the DNR by March 3rd to oppose this short-sighted and potentially damaging proposal.

More information is available at Wisconsin Lakes.

The permit will allow the following:

  • Removal of up to 25 cubic yards of material per landowner on all in land lakeshores in up to 5 feet of water, and 100 cubic yards on the Great Lakes (25 cubic yards is 2 ½ dump trucks)
  • Will have limited or non-existent DNR review and oversight.
  • No notification of dredging to neighbors or other lake users even though their lakeshore could be negatively impacted.
  • Removal of woody debris, trees and other fish and habitat structures.
  • May hasten the spread of invasive species between and across lakes.
  • May destroy critical riparian habitat and spawning beds
  • Deeply flawed protection of endangered species - allowing untrained homeowners to certify that there are no endangered species in the dredged area.
Please share with your neighbors and lake associations.