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.Read More >
Thank you again for allowing me to comment on SB 169 at the hearing on April 30, 2019. I would like to add an additional comment as a follow-up to my testimony.
Both DNR and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are involved in wetland mitigation banking. Wetland compensatory mitigation requirements are specified by USACE-St. …Read More >
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 …Read More >
Comments on Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Watershed Management Waterway and Wetland Protection
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 …Read More >
Summary Statement: We have reviewed the Draft Guidance documents: 3500-2018-01 & 3500- 2018-02 (Draft Guidance) and have a number of comments that are outlined below. The review was conducted by a number of our members who have experience administering Wisconsin’s wetland programs and regulations. We would be happy to discuss these comments with Department of …Read More >
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.Read More >
In May 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) granted a permit to Meteor Timber in Monroe County to fill 16.25 acres of wetlands, including 13.37 acres of white pine – red maple swamp, a very rare wetland type remaining in Wisconsin. The purpose was to construct a frac sand plant and rail transfer …Read More >
Late Tuesday, the state Senate’s wetland bill vote was cast along party lines, 18 Republicans for and 14 Democrats against. Next step, Gov. Scott Walker’s desk.
Republican Rep. Jim Steineke of Kaukauna authored the bill making it easier for landowners to fill some wetlands – not high quality systems, he says, but low-grade isolated …Read More >
Legislation Description: AB547 and SB600 relate to permitting and mitigation requirements for nonfederal and artificial wetlands. Substitute Amendment 1 to SB600 and the Legislative Reference Bureau description are available at http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/amendments/sb600/ssa1_sb600.
Introduction: This paper updates Wisconsin’s Green Fire’s (WGF) December 18, 2017 issue paper and testimony submitted at the joint Senate/Assembly hearing on December …Read More >