Wisconsin’s Long History: Manage Lakes with Science
, May 14, 2017
By Bob Martini, Wisconsin’s Green Fire board member
Photo: Allequash Lake, Joshua Mayer
- The rights of the vast majority who own and use our shorelines might be reduced – over-development by a few endangers the welfare of many.
- The economic value of shoreline properties could be threatened if lake water quality is diminished.
- The vast majority of lake users who do not own lake property could suffer from declines in lake quality because new laws allow development and maintenance practices that scientific principles say are unwise.
- The moral responsibility to care for our aquatic assets may be compromised by political ideology.
- New regulations may give waterfront property owners immediate benefits, but also remove long-term lake quality protections, leading to permanent lake damage.
These new laws are now in place and are affecting our lakes today. Wisconsin’s system of science-based lake protection must be restored and strengthened to avoid the risk of irreversible damage to our valuable lake resources. Our responsibility to safeguard our lakes for future generations is too important to ignore.