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- Carl Sagan

Attention: Detrimental Legislative Action Imminent!

May 22,2013
Last night the Joint Finance Committee passed a motion by a 12-4 vote, along party lines, which would add a new provision to the state budget. The motion provides "that a person may not challenge an application for, or a permit for, a high capacity well based on the lack of consideration of the cumulative environmental impacts of the proposed high capacity well together with existing wells when approving the high capacity well permit." If enacted as part of the state budget, this provision effectively would nullify the impact of the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision issued after years of litigating the installation of Well #7 by the Village of East Troy.

The LBPIA urges you to contact your elected state representatives to encourage removal of this provision from the budget bill.
Their contact information is as follows:
  1. Senator Mary Lazich, 8 South State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison WI 53707
  2. Senator Neal Kedzie, Room 313 South—State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707
  3. Rep. Tyler August, Room 119 West—State Capitol, P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI  53708  or email
Senators Lazich and Kedzie may also be reached by email via their websites.

  Some points you may wish to address with these representatives are:
  1. The budget bill is no place to insert a provision eliminating the rights of citizens to challenge high capacity wells;
  2. This provision, if considered at all, should be debated as a stand alone bill;
  3. Citizens should have a mechanism for challenging decisions to approve high capacity wells potentially impacting public waters;
  4. The Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously found that the DNR has a duty to protect public waters and the aquifers that feed surface waters.
Thank you for your support.

Lake Beulah Sensitive Area Study

May 1994: DNR Water Resources

Lake Beulah Protection & Improvement Association 2013 Action Plan

LBPIA 2013 Action Plan

Smart Growth

Village of East Troy’s “Smart Growth” plan | Smart Growth maps

What is Smart Growth? The 1999 Comprehensive Planning law, commonly referred to as "Smart Growth," requires Wisconsin communities to create long range land use plans by 2010. Smart Growth was created and is supported by many groups including farmers, local governments, realtors, builders, and riparian property owners. The goal of Smart Growth is to have citizens determine how they want to their communities to grow. Comprehensive planning is an important tool that can help protect property values for landowners, lower costs for municipal services, and preserve special places for future generations.
This popular and successful law enables local governments to make locally based land use decisions about the best ways for them to grow into the future. These plans allow communities to decide where growth occurs, where treasured resources will be protected and to better plan for the cost effective delivery of services like sewer, water and schools. The law requires that the voices of private property owners and the public be heard in the plan creation process.
Many communities have already adopted Smart Growth plans and the overwhelming majority of citizens are supportive of the planning process.

How does Smart Growth affect my lake? The quality of our lakes is dependent on the health of their watersheds. Nothing has a more profound effect on our lakes than the decisions we make on how we use the land that surrounds them. Planning helps guide future decisions to preserve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and lakefront property values.
Local citizens, who best know their lakes and lake issues, must be part of land use planning decisions. Maintaining the right to an open planning process guarantees that the citizens who live on, use, and enjoy our lakes will help determine their future.
"Communities that have implemented or finished the Smart Growth process have found that it benefits everyone," says WAL Executive Director Peter Murray. "Good planning ensures that there is certainty about where and how development can be implemented to serve the needs of growth while protecting our natural resources. "

LBPIA Response to the Village Smart Growth Plan

Final Response of the LBPIA regarding the Village of East Troy’s 2030 Comprehensive Community Plan, 2009

More information on Smart Growth

Gathering Waters: Smart Growth Law Threatened

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