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Friends of Vernon Marsh Golf Outing Dinner & Auction with LeRoy Butler

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 7:05 AM

Friends, we'd like to invite you to the Friends of Vernon Marsh 2017 Golf Outing Dinner & Auction on June 2nd. Put together a foursome and golf at beautiful Broadlands Golf Club. Come meet LeRoy Butler, inventor of the Lambeau Leap! There will be prize holes, chances to win big prizes, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and a live auction! Lots of fun for everyone! If you don't golf, join the festivities for dinner and fun!

If you can't golf on June 2nd why not join us for the Dinner and Auction. The cost of $50 per person gets you a delicious dinner, silent auction and live auction, fun, friends, and meet LeRoy Butler. What a great Friday evening! You'd spend $50 just going to eat at a restaurant! Come join us at Broadlands Golf Club on June 2nd and get so much more and support the protection of the Vernon Marsh as well!

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WisDOT Strategic Highway Safety Plan Development Survey

Posted on April 29, 2017 at 8:05 PM

Please consider taking this survey on Highway safety issues. Its a good opportunity to tell researchers and planners your thoughts and ideas!

Thank you!

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

Hi Planners:

Please consider responding to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation survey below. It will help them establish the scope of the upcoming Strategic Highway Safety Plan (an important document for setting transportation safety priorities and allocating transportation safety funding). See link below (more information in the messages below).

Traffic Safety Council members,

As discussed at the last TSC meeting, on behalf of Director Pabst, below is the invitation to take the survey to assist with development of the next SHSP. Please take a moment to take the survey and send this out to any partners to gather their input and feedback. Feel free to forward Director Pabst’s letter to individuals, groups, and organizations. The more input the Department receives, the better.

Dear Highway Safety Partner:

On behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Council, I invite you to participate in the development of Wisconsin’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) for 2017-2019. The SHSP will guide Wisconsin’s efforts over the next several years in our ongoing mission to continuously improve the safe and efficient movement of people and goods in the Badger State. Federal law requires all states to develop and implement multi-year SHSP’s. Wisconsin’s first SHSP was developed in 2000, several years prior to the federal mandate. Wisconsin has completed several generations of SHSP and our latest version is available online at:

So what can you do to help develop the next iteration of our multi-year SHSP? Simply put: We need a few minutes of your time to share your opinion about Wisconsin’s safety priorities. In partnership with the Traffic Operations & Safety Laboratory at UW-Madison, the Traffic Safety Council has developed an on-line survey. We invite you to complete this survey at your earliest convenience. The SHSP survey can be accessed on-line at the following web address until April 28th:

Your survey responses will remain anonymous and will go a long way to help develop the 2017-19 SHSP.

If you experience any technical problems accessing or completing the on-line survey, please contact:

Andrea Bill

Phone: 608-890-3425

E-mail: [email protected]

Our Opportunity is Now. West Waukesha Bypass Fight Legal Action Continues!

Posted on January 26, 2017 at 7:15 AM
hen we filed our federal lawsuit we launched the most important phase of our fight against the West Waukesha Bypass. We knew it would come to this. The DOT didn't listen to our concerns. They never have and they never will. All the hours we spent at hearings, all the letters and comments that we submitted. The DOT relies on apathy to defeat highway building opponents, like us! They just churn out miles and miles of new highway lanes each year, regardless of who they hurt, regardless of the environmental and social costs! We've got to prove them wrong. We can win this! Your donation today will ensure that we can continue our legal fight against the West Waukesha Bypass By donating, you'll help make it clear to the DOT that our community doesn't need this new mega-highway. Especially given the fact that there are already so many highway alternatives in Waukesha County. Cheaper and safer alternatives are available. We have hired the best attorneys for this fight and your contribution will help ensure that they deliver the best possible legal arguments and spend the time necessary to fight the Bypass on our behalf. Waukesha County Environmental League (WEAL) has created a $10,000 matching fund and we are near our goal of capturing the entire $10,000 match! Supporters like you have already given nearly $9,000. We are so very close to our goal. A few weeks ago our lawyers filed our initial brief with the federal court and this week the DOT filed their brief. We have to keep up the pressure. We have to see this through. Your gift helps ensure that we can continue to do everything we can to stop this highway expansion project! Click here to donate now. We will never have a better opportunity than now to show state DOT and Federal Highway Administration officials that we care about what happens in our communities, that we care for the safety of our children, our health, and our environment. With gratitude, Allen Stasiewski, Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

Action Kit: Transportation Organizing

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 7:05 PM
Bypass opponent, please look these materials over and consider signing the petition. There are many groups fighting wasteful and environmentally destructive highway projects. We can and should work together. This is a good time to call your legislators and ask them to stop building new highways like the West Waukesha Bypass. In the mean time, our Bypass Federal Lawsuit continues. Our lawyers have filed our Opening Brief and the court just received the DOT's Brief. It's more of the same and simply repeats all of the DOT's previous claims. Our case is very strong. We will be asking for your help soon. The Judge will be hearing our case and we will want to get as many people to attend to support our cause. THIS WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT! I will e-mail you the date and time as soon as we hear. The case will be heard in Milwaukee. Allen Stasiewski, Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass and WEAL Hello Transportation Organizers, and happy New Year! As you heard at the Arrive Together summit on December 3rd, transportation is about to take center stage in Wisconsin politics. This month, the state legislature will begin debating the two-year transportation budget �?? a ripe opportunity for change. If we want a transportation system that works for everyone in Wisconsin, we all have to speak up. To show grassroots support across the state, we need your help. That�??s why we're excited to share with you an action kit that will let you help push for change �?? no matter how much time you have. Whether all you can do is sign our online petition and forward it to a friend, or you�??d like to build a coalition in your hometown and build far-reaching support, this action kit has everything you need. · Petitions o There�??s no better way to show widespread support than through many, many petition signatures. Please take a moment to complete our online petition ( so we can tell your elected officials you care about a responsible transportation budget that works for everyone. And please forward it to your family and friends! o If you�??d like to hold a petition drive to gather written petition signatures from your friends, family, neighbors, church congregation or organizations you know, send us a message to [email protected] and we�??ll mail you postcard petitions. Alternatively, you can use the paper petition form attached. · Talking Points for Contacting to Your Legislator o Calling your legislators takes no more than a minute, but it�??s one of the most effective ways to show them that their constituents care about an issue and are watching. Find your state representative and state senator at or by calling 1-800-362-9472. Please call both your representative and senator using our quick and easy calling script. o If you want to go a step further, consider meeting with your legislators at their district office near you or in Madison. You can use our talking points and fact sheet to help make your case. Find your state representative and state senator at or by calling 1-800-362-9472, and schedule an appointment. o Remember that WISDOM will be holding a Madison day of action at the state capitol on Thursday, March 30. Join hundreds of people from across the state for trainings, meetings with state leaders and other actions. If you�??d like more information, please contact Dawn Lingo, WISDOM Transportation Campaign Organizer at [email protected] or 262-564-8223. · Surveys o We want to know more about how people in Wisconsin use the transportation system, so that we can share their experiences with state leaders. What works well and what doesn�??t? Please take a moment to fill out this personal transportation survey either online ( or on paper �?? and please get as many people you know to complete it as well, either by forwarding the survey link or giving them a printed copy! o Wisconsin�??s economy depends on people being able to get to work �?? but without good public transit connections, too many workers are being left behind, and employers�?? positions aren�??t being filled. Help us better understand how employers and business owners rely on public transportation by getting them to fill out this business survey online ( or on paper. o If you�??re a transit rider, please take a few minutes to tell us your personal story by filling out our story form, either online ( or on paper. If you know people who rely on public transit to get around, please pass the story form along to them! If you have any questions, or if you would like us to mail any of the materials above to you or your organization, please contact Peter at WISPIRG by writing to [email protected] or by calling (608) 268-1656. If you want to return any completed hardcopy surveys or forms to us, please mail them to WISPIRG; 122 State Street, Suite 500; Madison, WI 53703. On behalf of the Coalition for More Responsible Transportation, Cassie Steiner PR and Outreach Associate Sierra Club - John Muir Chapter 754 Williamson Street (The Council of the Blind Building) Madison, Wisconsin 53703 O: 608.256.0565

Our West Waukesha Bypass Legal Fight is Scheduled

Posted on November 12, 2016 at 11:55 PM

Highway Builders are talking.

Highway Builders and Waukesha politicians think that resistance to the West Waukesha Bypass is shrinking and that our chance of stopping this damaging unnecessary Highway Expansion is slipping away.

We must – and can – prove them wrong.

We must work together NOW to stop the Bypass.

We still have matching funds to earn! Our legal action timeline has now been set. Time is running short.


Will you help our campaign run strong?


Here's our lawsuit's schedule directly from our lawyers:

Plaintiffs initial brief due 11/21/2016.

Defendants initial brief due 12/23/2016.

Plaintiffs reply brief due 1/27/2017.

Any reply brief is due 2/27/2017 but only with prior leave of the Court.



The Highway Building Machine is pumping millions of dollars into the Bypass, determined to build this destructive highway regardless of Waukesha residents wishes. Opposition to the Bypass has always been huge but Waukesha Highway Planners and Builders are good at what they do. They do what they want, regardless of public opinion. They roll on through our neighborhoods, wetlands, environmental corridors, and farmland and leave a trail of destruction, water, light and air pollution, and more auto deaths and injuries! Our Politicians are eager to help them, they're used to getting their way too!

All we have on our side are grassroots supporters like YOU.


Pitch in $25, $50, $75 or more — Let’s show these Bypass Planners and Builders that we're ready to fight for our neighborhoods, our environment, and our quality of life!

Thank you for your incredible support,

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL)


Highway cleanup Can you help

Posted on November 3, 2016 at 11:45 PM
Can you help? Our cleanup is a little later this year to make it easier to see litter alongside the road as the weeds will be down by then.  It look like it will be a beautiful day to get outside and enjoy our SE Wisconsin weather before the snow comes! WEAL's Fall Highway Cleanup Saturday November 5th at 9:00 am to 11:00 am Rain or Shine Where:  Highway N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ Wear old clothes, comfortable shoes, and work gloves. Directions:  Take Hwy 59 SW from Waukesha through Eagle to Hwy N.   Meet at the parking area in the middle of our segment on Hwy N across from the "Scuppernong Prairie State natural Area" sign. It's an easy way to get involved, help the environment, and get some light exercise! Thank You Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL)

October 2016 WEAL Newsletter

Posted on October 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Fall Clean Up November 5th

Posted on October 16, 2016 at 12:35 AM

Our cleanup is a little later this year to make it easier to see litter alongside the road as the weeds will be down by then. It'll be cool but promises to be a great day to get outside and enjoy our SE Wisconsin weather before the snow comes!


WEAL's Fall Highway Cleanup

Saturday November 5th at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Rain or Shine


Where: Highway N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ


Wear old clothes, comfortable shoes, and work gloves.


Directions: Take Hwy 59 SW from Waukesha through Eagle to Hwy N.


Meet at the parking area in the middle of our segment on Hwy N across from the "Scuppernong Prairie State natural Area" sign.



Here's an easy way to get involved, help the environment and get some light exercise!



Wales Main Street Green Market October 1st 2016

Posted on September 24, 2016 at 8:30 PM


Wales Main Street Green Market – October 1, 2016


The Waukesha County Green Team will host another Green Market on Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 1pm on Main Street in Wales. This event is free and open to the public.


The Main Street Green Market provides a venue for local vendors and community organizations to showcase their green products and services, and serves as a gathering place where neighbors come together to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives.


Dozens of exhibitors will be on hand to demonstrate simple ways community members can adopt sustainable technologies and practices such as composting, prairie restoration, backyard beekeeping, chicken rearing, solar energy, and rain barrels; as well as ways to get involved in local ‘green’ initiatives by engaging with representatives from local land trusts, wildlife rehabilitation centers, hiking and biking groups,and school programs.


Among items for sale will be potted plants, local honey, bath and body items, clothing, fair trade gifts, woven Alpaca products, and yard art from local vendors.


Special Presentations will be held in the large tent and will include: Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care Tips, Match Game! Native and Non-Native Plants, and Seasons of Beekeeping. Yoga 4 All will offer a free Yoga class starting at 10:30am. For additional information and a full schedule of events visit the Waukesha County Green Team website:


The Main Street Green Market is organized by the Wales Branch of the Waukesha County Green Team – a volunteer, non-profit organization. We envision a future when Waukesha County is a vibrant green community – a reality to be created and shared by everyone.


Bypass Legal Fight Update

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 7:10 AM


We’re just a bit short of a modest summer fundraising goal. We're close enough though, that your contribution could be the one that puts us over the top.

But let me show you why the donation you make today matters so much. It's hard to look at this partial list of damage the West Waukesha Bypass will cause.


  • Destruction of the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor
  • More Dangerous to drivers due to more large truck traffic
  • More Dangerous to Children due to higher speeds and more traffic
  • More Sprawl, just look at the East Waukesha Bypass
  • More Air Pollution
  • More Water Pollution
  • More Light Pollution
  • Destruction of Farmland
  • Waste of $56+ million


We can't stop fighting the unnecessary West Waukesha Bypass. Our federal lawsuit is alive and well. And, it may be our last chance to stop this huge highway expansion project. We can't afford to take care of the highways we have, and yet the DOT wants to build a $56 million highway that won't help anything. Our "No Build, Improve" alternative would improve HwyTT/Merrill Hills Road at a fraction of the cost.

It would be shame if we fought this battle all they way to the Federal Court and then ran out of funds at a critical time. Several recent developments help our case! Won't you help NOW too? Every dollar your donate goes 100% into our Bypass fight!

Make a contribution to our West Waukesha Bypass Legal Fund

We're getting close to the end game. We can make a difference! We can win this! And you can be part of it!

The stakes are too high to stand on the sidelines. That’s why your contribution matters so much right now. I have been fighting this highway since 2010 and I won't give up now. And, I know that you believe in our fight. Can you step up right now and make a donation...large or small...$5 or $50, everything will help!

Thank You,

Allen Stasiewski, WEAL and Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass