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Action alert: Proposed Wakesports bill falls short

From Mike Engleson, director of  Wisconsin Lakes: “A bill proposed by Rep. Robert Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and Sen. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) to regulate wakesurfing and wakeboarding fails to provide any meaningful protection against the activities’ impacts. While Wisconsin Lakes is pleased to see this issue being addressed, the bill falls far short of what is needed and even makes things worse by undercutting local efforts to manage impacts to lakes and streams. Rather than setting minimum levels of protection for Wisconsin, the bill as written would actually limit the regulation of wakesports.”

 

Left unregulated, the creation of artificial wakes could wreak havoc with the ecology of a lake like ours.

 

Read the whole article here, including how you can contact your legislator to tell them that this bill is inadequate, and to call for meaningful discussion to pass minimum state standards that balance the right of everyone to recreate on our waters.