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.

Update:

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.

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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 …

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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 …

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF), an organization of natural resources professionals, evaluated recent amendments to SB600 and AB547, the legislative proposals to reduce state regulatory oversight of wetlands that are not protected under the federal Clean Water Act. The organization has prepared an issue paper identifying problems with the legislation and offering alternatives.

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Conservationists packed hearing rooms at the capital in Madison on Thursday and mounted strong opposition to Republican bills that would remove protections from 1 million acres of wetlands in Wisconsin.

“The potential impacts (of the bills) are unacceptable,” said Nels Swenson, a Ducks Unlimited representative, during a joint public hearing on Assembly Bill 547 and Senate …

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The Wisconsin legislature is considering bills that would change the way the state regulates wetlands. Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF), an organization of natural resources professionals, evaluated legislative proposals to reduce state regulatory oversight of wetlands that are not protected under the federal Clean Water Act. Currently, only wetlands connected to lakes and streams – navigable …

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Legislation Description: The following is an excerpt of the analysis of AB547 / SB600 by the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB).

“This bill exempts nonfederal and artificial wetlands from certain Department of Natural Resources wetland permitting requirements and, if the Environmental Protection Agency delegates to the state the authority to administer its own permit program for the …

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