Action on Water Issues
Our League is a member of two inter-League organizations (ILOs) focussed on water issues related to the Upper Mississippi River and Lake Michigan watersheds. Members of the Dane County League are automatically members of these two ILOs. Find links to their websites at the bottom of every page on our website (UMRR ILO and LMR ILO).
Here is a snapshot of what they have been doing lately and how you can get involved.
2018 Annual Meeting and Water Conference
The two ILOs held a joint conference in June: Water: Advocating for Protection. Video recordings of the presentations are posted here. If you weren’t able to attend, you can still learn more.
Updates from the Upper Mississippi River Region ILO blog
Wisconsin Water Priorities
The Wisconsin DNR is seeking public input now. Read about it here.
Water - Organize and Protect!
You will be amazed at what a group of dedicated and caring individuals can accomplish in a watershed. Bonnie Cox and Beth Baranski from LWV Jo Daviess Co (Illinois) will be on hand to share their experiences in getting things rolling in the Galena River watershed. Join us October 1 at the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center near Onalaska, Wisconsin, at 12:30 for refreshments, program starts at 1.
Innovative solutions to a couple problems... using treated wastewater in the process of converting garbage to ethanol. Read about it here.
Nitrate Protection Rule - Minnesota
Minnesotans are awaiting the next draft of the nitrate protection rules. Read about it here.
Updates from the Lake Michigan Region ILO
2015 Clean Water Rule
On August 16, 2018, a federal court issued an injunction to prevent an administrative rule that would add an applicability date to the 2015 Clean Water Rule from going into effect. As a result, the 2015 Rule now applies in 26 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. Illinois and Michigan are subject to the Clean Water Rule whereas Indiana, Wisconsin and 22 other states are not, due to other federal courts preventing the Clean Water Rule from going into effect. Federal agencies, including the EPA, are appealing the injunction.
LWVLMR has joined a legal challenge to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The suit challenges the DNR's approval of the City of Racine's proposal to allow Foxconn to divert an average of 7 million gallons of Lake Michigan water. LWVLMR believes that this proposal would violate the Great Lakes Compact. The next step, a pre-hearing conference, is set for September 12. Read the full news release here.