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Protecting Waukesha County's Natural Resourses since 1978

Latest News & Comments

Latest News & Comments

Comments and opinions by WEAL members

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A New Agenda Posted for Parks and Planning Commission

Posted on November 14, 2015 at 7:25 AM

F.Y.I.

A new meeting agenda has been posted on the internet. You may view the document by clicking on the hyperlink below.
http://agendas.waukeshacounty.gov/committee/43/pdf/9558.pdf


Presentation by Timnothy Grundl Ph.D.

Posted on October 31, 2015 at 3:40 PM

A Presentation by Timothy Grundl Ph.D. "A Few Environmental Issues Pertaining to the Sustainable Use of Water in Wisconsin. At Retzer Nature Center, November 12, 2015 7 PM.  FLYER

WEAL October 2015 Newsletter

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM

The WEAL October 2015 Newsletter can be read HERE.

WEAL signs letter to Ocean Conservancy

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 7:40 AM

On 10/02/2015 WEAL joined more than 200 organizations and leaders from across the globe by signing an open letter to the Ocean Conservancy regarding recommendations that were made in a report entitled “Stemming the Tide” http://www.no-burn.org/open-letter-to-ocean-conservancy-regarding-stemming-the-tide-report

October 31st WEAL's Fall Highway Cleanup

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Its not to late to get outside to enjoy our beautiful fall weather!

 

WEAL's Fall Highway Cleanup

Saturday October 31st 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!

 

 


Bypass Comments Deadline is October 5th

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 9:10 PM

The Army Corp of Engineers has posted a public notice to fill approximately 15 acres of wetland to accommodate the building of the West Waukesha Bypass. Please see the notice: http://www.weal.org/Docs/Bypass%20Army%20Corp%20Wetland%20Fill.pdf (18 Mb) for all the details. We are asking that you write the Army Corp during the Public Comment Period. The Public Comment Period ends on October 5, 2015. Please submit your comments by the deadline.

 

 

Here is information on how to submit your comments. We also recommend you sign up to receive notices by clicking on the 2nd link below and submitting your information. Note, that they are requesting that submissions must be made by US mail. We encourage you to call the phone number listed below to ask how one can e-mail their responses.

 

 

Interested parties are invited to submit to this office written facts, arguments, or objections within 30 days of the date of this notice. These statements should bear upon the suitability of the location and the adequacy of the project and should, if appropriate, suggest any changes believed to be desirable. Comments received may be forwarded to the applicant.

 

 

Replies may be addressed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waukesha Field Office, 20711 Watertown Road, Suite F, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186.

 

 

Or, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT, contact the St. Paul District office of the Corps, telephone number (800) 290 – 5847 ext. 5525 or by email at [email protected]

 

 

 

 

To receive Public Notices by e-mail, go to: http://mvp-extstp/list_server/ and add your information in the New Registration Box.

 

 

 

 

Points to make in your comments:

 

 

I ask for this permit not to be issued for the following reasons;

 

There is current active litigation involving this project. Part of the active lawsuit relates to the cumulative impact of this project along the proposed route. The loss of wetlands will add to the cumulative impact of this project and is related. In addition there are discussions with individual property owners that will ultimately cause the route to be adjusted. The application of a Wetland Fill permit before all these decisions are made is premature.

 

This permit is being requested for the entire 5-mile length of the West Waukesha Bypass project. This project will be built in 3 individual segments if approved. This will most likely occur over many years. Each segment is independent of the other and there is a chance that one or two of the segments will not be built. We ask that Wetland Fill Permits be applied for as part of each individual segment at the time each is planned and built. Conditions today are unlikely to be the same as conditions in 3 or 6 or 12 years from now.

 

There are numerous problems with the project's Purpose and Need. These problems relate directly to Waukesha's accelerating urbanization and loss of wetland and water quality and quantity issues. In the permit's "Description" on page 1, there is a statement that the "proposed project is designed to provide a north-south arterial roadway....that would accommodate growing traffic volumes and address roadway deficiencies." These final two facts are being disputed in the lawsuit.

 

The city of Waukesha has very publicized problems with the quantity and quality of its drinking water. The City has requested that it be allowed to access Lake Michigan water under the Great Lakes Compact. Should this request be denied the City of Waukesha will be required to tap into the shallow water aquifers in SE Wisconsin. This is not the time for a Wetland Fill Permit to be approved that will result in a net loss of valuable wetland in the project watershed.

 

It is not acceptable that wetland loss in Waukesha County be mitigated at a "permitee-responsible mitigation wetlands project in northern Illinois". All mitigation should occur in the local area/watershed.

 

We draw attention to the Permit's statement related to Toxic Materials and the fact that it does not state what actions will be taken to minimize these toxic material's impact on the sensitive ecosystem in the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor. Actions must be taken to eliminate these impacts.

 

Finally, at any time a wetland fill permit is requested, I formally request that a Public Hearing be scheduled in order that the public have the ability to comment on this action. This is especially important given the strong public opinion against the city's application for Lake Michigan water, the current legal action, and opposition to the building of the Bypass.

 

 

(insert your full name and address)

 

WEAL's Fall Highway Clean up....October 31st is not to late

Posted on September 20, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Its not to late to get outside to enjoy our beautiful fall weather!

 

WEAL's Fall Highway Cleanup

 

Saturday October 31st 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!

We're at 60 percent of Our Fundraising Goal to Stop The West WaukeshaBypass

Posted on September 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Contrary to what you might read in the press, the West Waukesha Bypass is not a done deal!

 

We are continuing to fight to stop the DOT from building the West Waukesha Bypass and we need your help! Your donation of any amount will help...

• Save the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor

• Protect our neighborhoods

• Keep our children safe

• Send a message to the DOT to use limited highway funds to fix the roads we have and not to build new ones

• Keep our air and water clean (see photo at right)

Waukesha County Action League (WEAL) and the Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

has filed a Federal lawsuit to stop the West Waukesha Bypass! Right now, we're waiting for a response from the individuals listed in our complaint!

 

Lawsuits can cost a lot of money. We had hoped it wouldn't come to this, but it has! Thankfully WEAL has created a $10,000 matching fund to fight the Bypass. In order to take full advantage of these matching dollars we need to raise the entire $10,000. Right now every $1 you donate is worth $2. We have to act now! Won't you please help?

 

URGENT! ACT NOW

 

Can you help by donating any amount.... $10, $25, $50 or $100 - every dollar helps!

 

Click Here to Donate at WEAL.org

 

or by mail to :

WEAL

PO Box 1532

Brookfield WI 53008

 

Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

 

Do you have questions? Please call Allen Stasiewski at 414-507-8358

 

West Waukesha Bypass Action Alert..Your Letters Are Needed..Please Open

Posted on September 17, 2015 at 9:45 PM

The Army Corp of Engineers has posted a public notice to fill approximately 15 acres of wetland to accommodate the building of the West Waukesha Bypass. Please see the Notice  (18 Mb) for all the details. We are asking that you write the Army Corp during the Public Comment Period. The Public Comment Period ends on October 5, 2015. Please submit your comments by the deadline.

 

Here is information on how to submit your comments. We also recommend you sign up to receive notices by clicking on the 2nd link below and submitting your information. Note, that they are requesting that submissions must be made by US mail. We encourage you to call the phone number listed below to ask how one can e-mail their responses.

 

Interested parties are invited to submit to this office written facts, arguments, or objections within 30 days of the date of this notice. These statements should bear upon the suitability of the location and the adequacy of the project and should, if appropriate, suggest any changes believed to be desirable. Comments received may be forwarded to the applicant.

 

Replies may be addressed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waukesha Field Office, 20711 Watertown Road, Suite F, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186.

 

Or, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT, contact the St. Paul District office of the Corps, telephone number (800) 290 – 5847 ext. 5525 or by email at [email protected]

 

 

 

To receive Public Notices by e-mail, go to: http://mvp-extstp/list_server/ and add your information in the New Registration Box.

 

 

 

Points to make in your comments:

 

I ask for this permit not to be issued for the following reasons;

There is current active litigation involving this project. Part of the active lawsuit relates to the cumulative impact of this project along the proposed route. The loss of wetlands will add to the cumulative impact of this project and is related. In addition there are discussions with individual property owners that will ultimately cause the route to be adjusted. The application of a Wetland Fill permit before all these decisions are made is premature.

This permit is being requested for the entire 5-mile length of the West Waukesha Bypass project. This project will be built in 3 individual segments if approved. This will most likely occur over many years. Each segment is independent of the other and there is a chance that one or two of the segments will not be built. We ask that Wetland Fill Permits be applied for as part of each individual segment at the time each is planned and built. Conditions today are unlikely to be the same as conditions in 3 or 6 or 12 years from now.

There are numerous problems with the project's Purpose and Need. These problems relate directly to Waukesha's accelerating urbanization and loss of wetland and water quality and quantity issues. In the permit's "Description" on page 1, there is a statement that the "proposed project is designed to provide a north-south arterial roadway....that would accommodate growing traffic volumes and address roadway deficiencies." These final two facts are being disputed in the lawsuit.

The city of Waukesha has very publicized problems with the quantity and quality of its drinking water. The City has requested that it be allowed to access Lake Michigan water under the Great Lakes Compact. Should this request be denied the City of Waukesha will be required to tap into the shallow water aquifers in SE Wisconsin. This is not the time for a Wetland Fill Permit to be approved that will result in a net loss of valuable wetland in the project watershed.

It is not acceptable that wetland loss in Waukesha County be mitigated at a "permitee-responsible mitigation wetlands project in northern Illinois". All mitigation should occur in the local area/watershed.

We draw attention to the Permit's statement related to Toxic Materials and the fact that it does not state what actions will be taken to minimize these toxic material's impact on the sensitive ecosystem in the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor. Actions must be taken to eliminate these impacts.

Finally, at any time a wetland fill permit is requested, I formally request that a Public Hearing be scheduled in order that the public have the ability to comment on this action. This is especially important given the strong public opinion against the city's application for Lake Michigan water, the current legal action, and opposition to the building of the Bypass.

 

(insert your full name and address)

Monday August 17th PUBLIC HEARING on Waukesha water diversion

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 8:20 AM

PLEASE NOTE:

Monday, August 17th hearing will be at Carroll University CENTER FOR GRADUATE STUDIES and NOT THE MAIN CAMPUS near downtown Waukesha.

Carroll University Center for Graduate Studies (Room 107)

2140 Davidson Road, Waukesha, WI

 

Your voice is needed to send a strong message to DNR:

Deny Waukesha’s application for a Great Lakes water diversion.

 

There are plenty of good reasons for DNR to deny Waukesha’s application—they can be found in the two information sheets attached here and the new video clip, Protect Our Great Lakes, a great reminder of what’s at stake:

 

Fact Sheet on the Non-Diversion Solution

Myth vs. Reality

Protect Our Great Lakes: https://youtu.be/jY52f9Vxp8M

 

Two additional information sheets, a Conservation Fact Sheet and Water Service Area   Is Waukesha a “Community in Need?” will be sent via e-mail later today, so please watch your in-box. From these documents and the video clip, you should be able to craft your testimony for the hearing (about 400 words—450 if you can talk fast!) to meet the expected 3-minute time limit per person.

 

Monday, August 17, 2015:

3:30 pm CIC Presentation

4:30 pm Free Cookout


5:30 pm DNR Presentation

6:30 pm Public Hearing

Location: Carroll University Center for Graduate Studies (Room 107)

2140 Davidson Road, Waukesha, WI 53186. NOT AT THE MAIN CAMPUS.

(Davidson Rd runs somewhat parallel to Hwy 18 / Moreland Rd, and behind Skateland)

If you have trouble opening Myth vs. Reality, it can be found on our website:

www.protectourgreatlakes.org

If you have trouble opening the Fact Sheet, please call me at 262-542-7929 (h) up until 11 pm tonight.

If you have any questions regarding the hearing tomorrow or your testimony, please call me at 262-542-7929 (h) or my cell at 262-894-8443 (h) until 11 pm tonight.

 

 


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