Wetlands

WGF reports and educational materials about the values of wetlands, and state and federal regulation affecting wetlands in Wisconsin, developed by the Public Trust and Wetlands Work Group.

Wetlands and Waterways in Wisconsin: Navigating Changes to the Federal Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule – Wisconsin’s Green Fire Opportunities Now 2021-2023 Report

Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) new report explains the history of the Clean Water Act and the frequent changes to the definition of “Waters of the United States”, which is critical to interpreting and implementing meaningful protections under the law. The report examines the intersection and overlap between federal and state water protection authority; explains the increasingly important functions, environmental benefits, and ecosystem services provided by wetlands, especially in light of the impacts being experienced as a result of climate change; and concludes with recommendations for policy and actions at the federal and state level that will help assure consistent and effective protections for wetlands and the many invaluable benefits they provide.

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Enbridge Line 5 Oil Pipeline Relocation – Wisconsin’s Green Fire Analysis of Waterway and Wetland Permit Application

Timber mat and construction equipment

On July 1st, 2020 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a public hearing on a Waterway and Wetland Permit Application from Enbridge Energy for their proposed re-route of portions of their Line 5 oil pipeline which currently runs through the Bad River Indian Reservation in Ashland and Iron Counties.  Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) has …

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WGF Comments SB 252 Flood Risk Reduction Pilot

As a member of Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) and a resident of Ashland County, I write to express my appreciation to the sponsors of Senate Bill 252 for this investment in green infrastructure approaches to flood reduction. Prior to my retirement from the Department of Natural Resources, I worked on several initiatives to reduce runoff in the Lake Superior basin. The demonstration projects that would be funded pursuant to SB 252 would build on a long history of partnerships among local residents, watershed organizations, and government at the local, tribal, state, and federal levels. This investment by state government would be timely and much appreciated.

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire Testimony to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on Senate Bill 169 Regarding Wetland Mitigation Banks

My name is Ron Grasshoff and I am here representing Wisconsin Green Fire. I appear today for information only, but we hope if our concerns are addressed that we can change our position to support.

We like the fact that SB 169 emphasizes mitigating wetland losses from permit actions near to where the impacts occur. With …

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Nonfederal and Artificial Wetlands Law: Comments on Updated Implementation Guidance

Comments on Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Watershed Management Waterway and Wetland Protection
Draft Guidance
Artificial Wetland Exemptions #3500-2018-01
Nonfederal Wetland Exemptions #3500-2018-02

Thank you for considering our comments on the initial draft of the guidance to implement Act 183 and for the opportunity to discuss the guidance with staff following the public comment period. We recognize the current working …

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire Testimony to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy – Senate Bill 816

Wisconsin’s Green Fire does not have concerns about 2017 Senate Bill 816 addressing the statewide wetlands mitigation program. However, WGF notes that Assembly Amendment 2 to Assembly Bill 956 passed on February 22, 2018, contains language to clearly exempt a single business, Meteor Timber Company, from wetland permitting requirements.

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