Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:28 AM CDT
Rain
Temperature
39°F
Dew Point
28°F
Humidity
65%
Wind
NE at 7 mph
Barometer
30.08 in. F
Visibility
5.00 mi.
Sunrise
06:01 a.m.
Sunset
07:50 p.m.
Evening Forecast (7:00pm-Midnight)
Temperatures will range from 52 to 41 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 10 miles per hour from the southeast. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.
7-Day Forecast
Wednesday
52°F / 38°F
Light Rain
Thursday
52°F / 38°F
Light Rain
Friday
58°F / 28°F
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
48°F / 28°F
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
39°F / 30°F
Light Rain
Monday
39°F / 30°F
Light Rain
Tuesday
45°F / 30°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:28 AM CDT
Wednesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 52 to a low of 38 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 9 and 13 miles per hour from the eastsoutheast. 0.22 inches of rain are expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 40 to 38 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 11 miles per hour from the east. Rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are predicted.
Thursday...Temperatures will range from a high of 52 to a low of 38 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 13 and 17 miles per hour from the southeast. 0.49 inches of rain are expected.

Rule changes revealed

Sept. 12, 2013 | 0 comments

Dear Editor:

Over a year ago, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced it was seeking to revise NR115, the state administrative code that sets minimum standards for county shoreland zoning ordinances across Wisconsin.

After working through the initial stages of the process, the rule changes were unveiled at the end of June, and public hearings are being held around the state through August.

The rule changes, which Wisconsin Lakes generally oppose, ease rules relating to the percentage of impervious surfaces (surfaces which stormwater can drain through, filtering out contaminants) in a lot within 300 feet of a lake or river.

They even include a new and somewhat ambiguous category of "highly developed shorelines", which we fear could impact much more than the urbanized areas for which they were designed.

In addition, the revisions exempt some lots that currently must meet the impervious standard, and allow for a one-time side-to-side expansion of nonconforming structures within a zone 35-75 feet from the waters edge.

The existing rules came about as the result of a long series of difficult but fruitful negotiations between conservation organizations (including Wisconsin Lakes), business interests, developers, and the state.

Finalized in 2009 and effective since 2010, the actual deadline for counties to have ordinances in place has continually been pushed back (currently it's 2014).

These rule revisions go against many of the compromises agreed to as part of those negotiations.

Except for in a few counties, the rules haven't even been tested. Why should Wisconsin roll back shoreland zoning protection when the current rules haven't been given a chance?

The current rules are certainly not perfect - no compromise ever works out all the kinks.

But we believe most of the specific changes being proposed in this package of changes simply take Wisconsin too far backwards, and our lakes will suffer for it.

Instead of making these changes, the current rules should be implemented, tested, and then we can talk about what works and doesn't.

For more information on the rules including links to the proposed language, check the NR115 Revision webpage at www.wisconsinlakes.org.

,,,,;Michael Engleson

,,,,;Interim Executive Director of Wisconsin Lakes

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