Oneida County Clean Waters Action

Important Links

Environmental Advocacy

Wisconsin's Green Fire

    Wisconsin’s Green Fire supports the conservation legacy of Wisconsin by promoting science-based management of Wisconsin’s natural resources. Voices for Conservation was established in 2017 in response to recent developments at the state and national level that threaten science-based practices and long-term vision in natural resources management. Once regarded as a national leader in conservation, Wisconsin’s proud tradition of dedicated stewardship of its land, waters, and wildlife has been severely compromised. A new organization, Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Voices for Conservation (WGF), now seeks to reclaim that tradition of leadership for a new generation, providing the research that will help preserve the state’s clean water, clean air, and healthy ecosystems.

Gathering Waters Conservancy

   The mission of Gathering Waters Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts' is to help land trusts, landowners and communities protect the places that make Wisconsin special. The organization helps protect Wisconsin’s special places and grow healthy, vibrant communities by strengthening Wisconsin’s land trusts.

   Gathering Waters strengthens Wisconsin’s land trusts by advocating for funding and policies that support land conservation and fostering a community of practice that promotes land trust excellence and advancement.

    GW notes that the value of this work can be measured in the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars generated annually through tourism, outdoor recreation, forestry and agriculture; residents have cleaner air and water because of protected wetlands and forests; plants and animals are more resilient to changing conditions; and outdoor places and adventures are available close to home, accessible to people from all walks of life, ages and interests.

Wisconsin Shoreline Initiative

  The Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative was formed by lake associations in the fall of 2015 to organize a response to the attack on our lakes and rivers by legislative amendment to the state budget. That amendment ended years of informed, data driven regulation through local control of riparian property. This group raises funds to take legal action against the State for its violation of the Wisconsin Public Trust Doctrine. Learn more.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
   Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing conservation leaders, holding decision makers accountable and encouraging lawmakers to champion conservation policies that effectively protect Wisconsin's public health and natural resources. Its mission is to hold legislators accountable to their votes and engages in voter education, lobbying and issue advocacy.

   The League also recruits candidates, issue candidate endorsements and actively work for the election of candidates committed to strong and effective conservation policies. The League has offices in Madison, Green Bay and Milwaukee.

The Water's Edge
   The Water's Edge (WE) is a free-lance news site dedicated to providing information, links, and discussion of current events in Ceded Territory, which includes Northern Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.

   WE began with a focus on the protecting the water in the Penokee Hills. WE is now expanding our site to include the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Minnesota, and Ontario. The site invites suggestions and articles for publication.

Wisconsin Wetlands Association
   The Wisconsin Wetlands Association is a Madison-based organization devoted to informing the public about the importance of wetlands. Their statement: "Wisconsin Wetlands Association was established in 1969 to protect the state's wetland resources through education, training, advocacy, and research on key issues that affect wetlands.

   To our knowledge, WWA is the first and oldest statewide organization focused exclusively on wetland protection. More than 1450 members include wetland scientists and educators, conservationists, hunters, concerned citizens, and local and regional organizations." The Association has a newsletter and sends out email alerts about time-sensitive wetland advocacy and policy issues.

Clean Wisconsin
   Clean Wisconsin, founded in 1970, is dedicated to protecting Wisconsin's environment. "With thousands of dedicated members and a staff of over twenty professionals, we aggressively and effectively advocate for clean air, clean water and clean energy in a wide array of venues including the State Capitol, the courts, and the Public Service Commission. We also work to inform the public about pressing environmental issues."
   The organization is has committed to making these goals a reality:

  1. Everyone has access to healthy air and clean drinking water;
  2. Residents, businesses and visitors enjoy an abundance of swimmable, fishable lakes, rivers and streams;
  3. Wisconsin's economy is strong and powered by clean energy;
  4. Wisconsin remains a wonderful place to live, work and play.

   An example of Clean Wisconsin's advocacy and educational work is this fact sheet on the large-scale damage the Gogebic Taconite mine would do, if allowed to dig its 22-mile long mine in Iron County: "GTAC is proposing to generate more than enough waste from the mine to bury the entire city of Green Bay under a pile 10.5 feet deep, or to put the entire city of Milwaukee 6 feet under.[2]"
   Read more reality-checks on the scope of this mine at

Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association​
   The Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association is membership-based and invites lake associations, individuals and families, and supporting organizations (governmental or business) to join. "Our mission is to protect and preserve the quality and riparian habitat of the inland waters of Oneida County by serving as an advocate and information source for, and communication link between lake and river associations and districts, county and local governments and the public." Meetings are held in the Oneida County's UW-Extension office on the lower level of the airport.

Northwoods Land Trust
   Northwoods Land Trust promotes conservation of private shoreline, woodlands, wetlands and other natural resources, as public benefits for present and future generations. 
Conservation Protection Totals to date in Oneida, Vilas Forest, Florence, Iron and Price counties:

   10,707 acres
   74 easements
   5 land donations
   24.1 miles lakefront
   29 miles river front

​Blog: The Political Environment
A forum for, and news service about the politics and the environment in Wisconsin, and elsewhere. Written by James Rowen, a writer and consultant who worked for newspapers and as the senior mayoral staffer in Madison and Milwaukee. The blog was started in 2007.