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Fact Sheet: Protecting the Public Trust in Wisconsin’s Lakes and Streams

WI Green Fire, April 5, 2019

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The Public Trust Doctrine is simply the idea that no one person can claim ownership over the bounty of the lakes and streams… that these are gifts to be enjoyed and cherished by all.

You may be surprised to learn that the early settlers in Wisconsin adopted a concept of common water resource stewardship very similar to the traditions of the native people.

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