- 10/24/2012 Alert: Hunting and Trapping in Wisconsin's Parks
- 08/14/2012 Alert: Help Preserve Badger Ammunition Grassland Birds
- 07/31/2012 Alert: Help Set The Conservation Agenda
- 07/10/2012 Alert: Help Madison Audubon Win A Truck
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ACTION ALERT: 10/24/2012 - Hunting and Trapping in Wisconsin's Parks
There will be hunting and trapping in almost every state park beginning January 1, 2013. Exactly how much, when, and where depends on your input to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) in upcoming listening sessions or via email. Act 168, or the Sporting Heritage Bill, was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year. It expands the current hunting of deer and turkeys in some parks to the hunting and trapping of all huntable and trappable species in nearly every one of our parks.
While Act 168 allows hunting when any season is open, the Wisconsin DNR is proposing that hunting in parks be allowed "only" from October 15 through the Thursday prior to the Memorial Day weekend.For more information, see the WDNR news article and public hearing notice at http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=2538
WDNR is asking that you provide input on how to implement the law, not the law itself – which has already been passed. Please attend a listening session if possible. If not, please send comments by Friday, Nov. 23 to DNRWisconsinParks@wisconsin.gov or Wisconsin State Parks – Act 168, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921. All listening sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees that would like to speak or submit written comments should sign up at the door on arriving at the session.
•Oct. 29, Fitchburg - Quality Inn and Suites, 2969 Cahill Main, with board members Preston Cole and Jane Wiley present.
•Oct. 30, Eau Claire - Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), 620 W. Clairemont Ave., with board members Dave Clausen and Jane Wiley present.
•Nov. 5, Merrill - Merrill High School, 1201 N. Sales St., with board members Christine Thomas and Jane Wiley present.
•Nov. 8, Appleton - The Bordini Center, Fox Valley Technical College Campus, 5 Systems Drive, with board members William Bruins, Terry Hilgenberg and Jane Wiley present.
•Nov. 13, West Allis - Tommy Thompson Youth Center (State Fair Park), 640 S. 84th St., with board members Gregory Kazmierski and Jane Wiley present.
ACTION ALERT: 08/14/2012 - Help Preserve Badger Ammunition Grassland Birds This is your opportunity for input to Badger Army Ammunition Plant DNR Master Planning See MAS letter to WDNR for more info. **At a minimum, please submit a brief email supporting grassland bird conservation** (additional talking points below) to: Diane Brusoe (Diane.Brusoe@wisconsin.gov), DNR Planner - LF/6 PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 prior to Friday, Aug. 17. It is important that we help set the course now for the Master Plan. Please take a few minutes to weigh in with your comments.
BACKGROUND INFO - At the July 30 Open House, many advocated for recreation activitiesthat could compromise grassland bird conservation at the Sauk PrairieRecreation Area. We need your voice in support of grassland birds! The 7,354 acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant, south of Baraboo and Devil's Lake State Park in Sauk County, presents an unprecedented opportunity to manage for grassland and shrubland birds in one of the largest, unfragmented landscapes in southern Wisconsin. These groups of birds are declining faster than any other groups of birds in Wisconsin and need our help.
** Grassland/shrubland habitat and grassland/shrubland birds should be the primary focus at DNR's Sauk Prairie Recreation Area within the greater Badger Army Ammunition Plant (BAAP). Bird species that have been found here include Eastern and Western meadowlarks, Bobolink, Upland Sandpiper, Orchard Oriole, Bell’s Vireo, Dickcissel, and Clay-colored, Vesper, Savannah, Field, Grasshopper sparrows, and more. Many of these species are sensitive to habitat fragmentation and need very large blocks of habitat to successfully breed.
** Any proposed recreation must be nonmotorized, low-impact, and compatible with grassland bird conservation. Ecotourism, especially birding, is a growing interest that will benefit this entire area of the state economically. Managing the property primarily for birds and other wildlife would be very low cost, especially when compared to development for more active recreation. Besides more typical uses such as hunting, trapping, and hiking; other uses being proposed include "rocketeering, shooting ranges, geocaching, dog parks, paintball, community gardens, and other recreation activities not typically found on Department lands" (see DNR's Regional & Property Analysis - link below). A Wisconsin Conservation Congress question on the 2011 Spring Hearing questionnaire asked whether there should be trail access for dogsleds in winter and wheeled rigs the rest of the year; herding, tracking, and terrier trials; year round training; dog shows; obedience trials; field trials; and much more at BAAP.
MORE INFO - Badger Army Ammunition Plant was decommissioned by the U.S. Department of the Defense in 1997. In 2000, Sauk County created a 21-member Badger Reuse Committee, which finalized and endorsed the Badger Reuse Plan in 2001 (see https://www.co.sauk.wi.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/baap-finalreport.pdf). Ownership of the former BAAP was slated for transfer to the DNR, Ho-Chunk Nation, USDA Dairy Forage Research Center, and Bluffview Sanitary District. In 2002, the Natural Resources Board established the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. Parcels totaling 3,800-acres were transferred to DNR in 2010 and 2011, and DNR is now developing a new master plan for the site. See the Regional & Property Analysis under "Planning Documents" at http://dnr.wi.gov/master_planning/SaukPrairie/. Also see planning documents, maps, and more at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/masterplanning/SaukPrairie/ Link to the 2001 Badger Reuse Plan, which charts a direction for the Plant: https://www.co.sauk.wi.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/baap-finalreport.pdf
ACTION ALERT: 07/31/2012 - Help Set The Conservation Agenda - This is your opportunity to help set the conservation agenda for the next 2-year legislative session in Wisconsin! What are the issues that you care about? Please attend the meeting and let us know. Monday, August 6 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Goodman South Madison Branch Library, 2222 S. Park St., Madison. Madison Audubon is one of dozens of like-minded organizations that has participated every two years. See the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters website to Register. If you have any questions, please let me know. Karen Etter Hale, 608/255-BIRD (2473)
ACTION ALERT: 07/10/2012 - Help Madison Audubon Win A Truck - Madison Audubon has a chance to win a new pickup truck, and we really need your help and the help of everyone you know to pull it off! Click here for more info and a link to Pledge to Vote
ACTION ALERT: 02/02/2012: Sandhill Crane Hunt Alert
Contact your legislators as soon as possible and let them know what you think about the proposal to open a hunting season on Sandhill Cranes in Wisconsin. Find your legislators and their contact information here: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx.
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Representative Joel Kleefisch distributed a bill, LRB 3173/3, for co-sponsorship with a deadline of February 7 for legislators to sign on. The bill would establish a Sandhill Crane hunting season in Wisconsin.
As in previous years when this issue came up, Audubon continues to be opposed to a hunt in Wisconsin. In the mid-1930s only an estimated 25 Sandhill Crane pairs remained in Wisconsin, causing Aldo Leopold to lament their probable loss in "A Marshland Elegy", a chapter in A Sand County Almanac. Since then, with many decades of hard work by hunters, federal and state agencies, and environmental groups, including Audubon, to protect and restore thousands of acres of wetlands, cranes have prospered. Is hunting warranted for every species we've brought back from the brink?
The main argument for establishing a hunt, besides wanting another species to hunt, is to help farmers who suffer crop damage from cranes. Cranes are very good at going down corn rows, pulling out each kernel or young plant. Hunting, however, would only shift the birds to other farmers' fields. A better solution, which has been available for several years, is to coat the kernels with nontoxic anthraquinone (AQ), which tastes bad and deters cranes from eating corn – in any fields. Sandhills may still be in the fields, but eating waste grain, insects, or rodents. See http://www.savingcranes.org/crop-damage-discussion.html for more information.
For additional information and possible talking points, see the Feb. 1 Associated Press article in the Pioneer Press (Twin Cities): http://www.twincities.com/ci_19868737
ACTION ALERT: 09/17/2011: Dane County Board - Please Help Support Continued Bonding for the Conservation Fund
Please take action on behalf of our quality of life in Dane County. CRANES (Capital Region Advocacy Network for Environmental Sustainability) alert: Bonding for Important Conservation(and Non-Conservation) Capital Projects, Dane County Board Meeting (vote) Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 - 7 p.m. City/County Building Room 261 (Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive)
Please register/speak at Thursday's Dane County Board meeting if possible, or call or e-mail your supervisor (contact info at http://www.countyofdane.com/board/supervisors.aspx). Please also send an e-mail to all supervisors (email@example.com). Urge them to authorize Fiscal Year 2001 (FY11) bonding for capital projects for conservation (Resolution 122) and non-conservation (Resolution 107).
Background: Resolution 107 authorizes bonding for all capital projects except the Conservation Fund. Last year, in response to demands of conservative supervisors who theatened otherwise to kill all bonding, Conservation Funding was separated off for the first time. This is a terrible precedent, and we need to show conservatives that their new tactic is a loser, by advocating for passage of both Resolution 107 and Resolution 122.
CRANES (Capital Region Advocacy Network for Environmental Sustainability) – Madison Audubon is a founding member - and its partners worked hard last year to restore Conservation Fund bonding for FY11 to $5 million. Resolution 122 would authorize activation for the last $1.7 million for acquisition of parcels in the Upper Mud Lake and Lake Waubesa areas for public land. What isn't used this year would carry over to FY12. Dane County staff has confirmed that this bonding will have absolutely no effect on spending under the state levy cap in this or any future year. Because debt service is exempt from the levy cap, this spending will not in any way cause layoffs or human service cuts - ever. For more information, contact: Caryl Terrell 608-833-8828; 608-213.4648 cell; CarylTerrell@charter.net or Jon Becker 608-469-0316 cell; 608-242-8525; JonBecker@aol.com CRANES (Capital Region Advocacy Network for Environmental Sustainability - http://cranesinc.org/) is a regional public policy voice for our partner organizations and their many members, including: Earth/Art® Resources, Friends of Cherokee Marsh, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, League of Women Voters ~ Dane County, Madison Audubon Society, Sierra Club ~ Four Lakes Group, Western Dane Coalition for Smart Growth & Environment, West Waubesa Preservation Coalition
Please thank these supervisors for past support of conservation funding. Remind them of the decision last fall of the full Board to authorize spending for the Conservation Fund. Ask them if they will honor the commitment to the environment on which they ran for office, by voting YES on Thursday night.
D07 Matt Veldran 235-8369 firstname.lastname@example.org
D08 Carousel Andrea Bayrd 442-6294 email@example.com
D10 Jeremy Levin 577-9335 firstname.lastname@example.org
D14 Melanie Hampton 273-9149 email@example.com
D16 Dave de Felice 222-0319 firstname.lastname@example.org
D17 Tom Stoebig 222-6429 email@example.com
D26 Sharon Corrigan 333-2285 firstname.lastname@example.org
D30 Patrick Downing 527-2472 email@example.com
D35 Denise Duranczyk 873-8302 firstname.lastname@example.org
Also thank these supervisors for past support of some conservation funding. Remind them of the decision last fall of the full Board to authorize spending for the Conservation Fund. Ask them if they will commit to voting YES on Thursday night.
D19 Bill Clausius 825-1465 email@example.com
D22 Dennis O'Loughlin 846-1851 firstname.lastname@example.org
D29 Dave Ripp 849-7643 email@example.com
D31 Gerald Jensen 835-7389 firstname.lastname@example.org
D36 Cynda Solberg 839-9583 email@example.com
D37 Bob Salov 423-4358 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell these supervisors that you have noticed their repeated failure to support conservation funding. Remind them of the decision last fall of the full Board to authorize spending for the Conservation Fund.
D15 Ronn Ferrell 695-1321 email@example.com
D32 Mike Willett 845-8503 firstname.lastname@example.org
D33 Jack Martz 274-7437 email@example.com
********Thanks once again for taking action.
Karen Etter Hale, Executive Secretary
Madison Audubon Society
222 S Hamilton St, Suite 1
Madison, WI 53703-3201
ACTION ALERT: ATC Transmission Line Could Split Goose Pond Sanctuary
Things You Can Do:
American Transmission Company (ATC) is planning to build a 150-mile, 345-kilovolt line from north of La Crosse to northern Dane County (the Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project). One of their proposed routes is down the railroad tracks that cross Madison Audubon Society's Goose Pond Sanctuary. To avoid key bird and wildlife habitat, no powerlines should be built east of the I-39/90/94 corridor. Neither should powerlines be built through the Baraboo Hills or the Kickapoo Reserve.
- Send comments to ATC at firstname.lastname@example.org (see info below that you may want to comment about)
- Attend an ATC Open House Thursday, June 30, 2011 1 – 7 p.m. at Waunakee Middle School, Waunakee
Information about the Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project is available on the ATC website at www.BadgerCoulee.com. The map for Columbia County is at http://www.atc-projects.com/documents/ColumbiaCounty11X17.pdf (see southeast corner of map to find Goose Pond and the Arlington area)
Reasons to oppose a large powerline through Madison Audubon Society's Goose Pond Sanctuary -
Thanks for supporting Madison Audubon and Goose Pond Sanctuary!
- Land Acquisition:
- More than $2,800,000 has been spent on acquisition of 660 acres at Goose Pond.
- Significant funding for land acquisition has been received from Fish and Wildlife Service - North American Wetlands Conservation Act; and the Knowles Nelson Stewardship program.
- More than $300,000 has been spent on prairie and wetland restorations since 1990.
- Goose Pond is one of the largest mesic prairie restorations in Wisconsin with more than 400 acres of prairie.
- About 20 acres of wetlands have been restored.
- Bird & Wildlife Use:
- Wildlife surveys have been done since 1980 that include spring and fall waterfowl counts, waterfowl pair counts, Wisconsin frog and toad surveys, and Christmas Bird Counts.
- More than 250 species of birds have been sighted at Goose Pond, including 34 species of waterfowl and 34 species of shorebirds.
- More than 60 species of birds nest annually at Goose Pond.
- Spring Migration
- Canada Geese – average of 2,500/day for almost 4 weeks
- Tundra Swans - average more than 100/day
- other waterfowl - hundreds/day in spring migration
- shorebirds - significant use in some years
- Summer - Nesting season
- Ducks - in recent years, 75 - 90 pairs of seven species nest at Goose Pond. This year, 86 pairs of ducks were counted
- Canada Geese - 2 pairs nested in 2011
- Sandhill Cranes – 2 pairs nested in 2011
- Bats - summer surveys have found significant use by 4 species
- Fall Migration
- Canada Geese - average of 2,500 - 3,000/day from September 20 through mid-November
- Mallards - average 2,500 from October 1 to mid-November
- Tundra Swans - average probably 100-300/day for 3 weeks in November, with high counts 1,000 or more in some years
- Sandhill Cranes – more than 100 have staged at Goose Pond in recent falls
- other waterfowl - hundreds/day stop during fall migration from late September through mid-November
- Birds of prey
- Birds of prey including Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles, are attracted by the number and variety of prey species, primarily shorebirds and waterfowl, that use Goose Pond.
– There is significant shorebird use (probably thousands of individuals) in some years from spring through fall.
- Mallards and Canada Geese
– These roost on Goose Pond in very large numbers, flying out to feed in surrounding cropland fields (picked corn and soybeans). A powerline along the railroad tracks would greatly impact both migrating and nesting waterfowl that feed in nearby fields.
- Fish eating birds
- Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, and others forage at Goose Pond.
- Research site for many University of Wisconsin - Madison projects
- Restoration funds have been received from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program and the Private Lands Program; Pheasants Forever; Safari Club; and Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.
- Dozens of university student interns have worked at Goose Pond since 1985. An average of five interns work at Goose Pond each summer.
- Special Designations:
- Audubon Goose Pond State Natural Area
- Wisconsin Wildlife Viewing site
- Site on the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail
- Part of the Northern Empire Prairie Wetlands Important Bird Area
- Thousands of people visit Goose Pond annually
- Madison Audubon is planning additional education and nature center facilities and activities
04/19/2010 Alert: Wisconsin State Budget 2011-12 ALERT - Please contact your legislators!
Please contact your state senator and representative and members of the Joint Finance Committee about the 2011-2012 Wisconsin State Budget. It's very important that you share your story or stories about the importance of Wisconsin's natural resources to you and the citizens of Wisconsin.
Here is a summary of the positions of the Conservation Budget Coalition, of which Madison Audubon Society and Wisconsin Audubon Council are members. You might want to choose just one issue from the list to focus on. To see the entire document (which is much lengthier), go to the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters webpage, (the printable version – near top – may be easier to read).
Wisconsin’s state budget is one of the best indicators of our state’s conservation values. In general, a pro-conservation budget should:
- Protect public health and our natural resources as opposed to making it easier forpolluters to cut corners and put more toxins into our air, water, and land.
- Keep information transparent and the public informed every step of the way about theirexposure to pollution and changes being made to popular programs.
- Do not raid funds that are collected for specific purposes to fund other programs in thebudget.
- Keep non-fiscal policy changes that weaken natural resources and public healthprotections out of the budget.
- Promote practices and programs that prevent environmental pollution in the first place.
As introduced, Governor Walker’s budget (SB 27/AB40) is a serious attack on natural resource and public health protections in Wisconsin and does not meet the qualifications above.
The Conservation Budget Coalition asks Joint Finance Committee Members to remove the following policy items – which have no fiscal impact - from SB 27/AB 40:
- Changes to Water Quality Permitting and Standards
- Elimination of Statewide Recycling Programs
- Changes to How Stewardship Funds May Be Spent
- Restructuring of the Transportation Budget to Remove Public Transit
- Undermining of Environmental Education
The Conservation Budget Coalition asks Joint Finance Committee Members to restore the following programs in statute and return their existing revenue.
- Restore the recycling grant program and return the $32.1 million previously allocated for local government recycling programs. The money that was transferred to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation should be the source of this funding.
- Restore the Renewable Energy Grants and Loans program and return the $29.7 million previously allocated for the program. The money that was transferred to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation should be the source of this funding.
- Restore the Green to Gold Revolving Loan Program in statute. It's a revolving loan program for manufacturers that allows Wisconsin industries to lower their energy costs, making them more energy efficient by retrofitting their plants.
- Restore the Brownfield Site Assessment and Green Space Grants and return the $9 Vehicle Environmental Impact Fee back to the environmental management account for contaminated land clean-up and groundwater management.
- Restore the state funding for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program, which will help provide safe and quality bicycling and walking options.
The Conservation Budget Coalition asks Joint Finance Committee Members to restore the following programs in statute. These were either completely eliminated or zeroed out with their funding funneled to other non-specific programs.
- Office of Energy Independence
- Working Lands Initiative/Farmland Preservation. Governor Walker’s budget eliminates the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements (PACE)program and repeals the conversion fee paid by persons requesting to develop farmland that had been zoned to be protected from development.
The Conservation Budget Coalition asks Joint Finance Committee Members to support the following programs at the levels proposed by Governor Walker.
- Targeted Runoff Management Bonding, which provides cost-share to farmers to invest in tools to prevent nonpoint source water pollution.
- Urban Non-point and Storm Water Management, which will reduce pollution from storm water discharges and runoff from parking lots and other areas.
- Contaminated Sediment Removal Bonding to clean up contaminated sediment in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
- Dam Safety, which provides matching grants to local communities.
Thanks for taking action!
11/22/2010 Alert: Help Protect Wisconsin Bats
Cave bats in Wisconsin are under severe threat. Please help by urging the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board to pass permanent rules to protect these bats as best we can.
Cave bats in Wisconsin could be affected (and possibly wiped out) by white-nose syndrome, which is poised at our borders and which has already devastated entire populations in the eastern U.S. Emergency rules were passed by the Natural Resources Board earlier this fall. A proposal to make these rules permanent will be before the Board at their Wednesday, Dec. 8 meeting in Madison. More information can be found in DNR's "green sheet" package from October: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/nrboard/2010/October/10-10-3B1.pdf
Comments can be submitted until November 29, 2010 to Stacy Rowe, DNR Bureau of Endangered Resources, PO Box 7921, Madison WI, 53707-7921 or email@example.com. If you wish to attend the meeting and speak, contact the Natural Resources Board Liaison by 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Complete directions are at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/nrboard/
11/16/2010 Alert: Let Your Voice Be Heard on Trains
Governor-Elect Scott Walker has said that he will stop building the high speed rail system and send $810 million back to Washington D.C. If that happens, the state of Wisconsin will be the biggest loser. Contact Governor-Elect Walker and your state representatives and tell them that Wisconsin needs the jobs, the investment, and the benefits of a multi-modal transportation system and that Wisconsin needs High Speed Rail. Let them know you oppose the effort to block the construction of High Speed Rail in Wisconsin. You can contact Governor-Elect Scott Walker (www.transition.wi.gov) via email at TRANSITION@WISCONSIN.GOV or send a letter to Office of Governor-Elect Scott Walker, 17 West Main Street, Suite 310, Madison, WI 53703. If you wish to contact your state legislators, see http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx
In addition to the green infrastructure benefits of high speed rail, consider the following costs of cancelling:
For more information, see Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/106914208.html
- 400 jobs will be immediately lost due to canceled contracts
- 5,500 jobs will be lost over the next decade
- $100 million will be billed to state taxpayers to pay back the federal government for money spent on the project
- The annual operational costs would be about $700,000 for Wisconsin. The cost of canceling the project could pay for more than 100 years of operational costs.
10/22/2010 Alert: Rose Lake Land Preservation Effort - Kemmeter Propertyţ
Madison Audubon strongly supports the acquisition of the Kemmeter property that is north of Rose Lake. The $600,000 to complete the purchase would come entirely from grants and donations, with no Jefferson County tax dollars needed. Please attend the hearing next Tuesday, Oct. 26 if you can, or contact Jefferson County supervisors or the county clerk to support this acquisition. Purchase of this property has importance beyond Jefferson County, so even if you live outside the county, you should let supervisors know how important it is to add this parcel to Dorothy Carnes Park at Rose Lake. See list of supervisors and contact info at http://www.jeffersoncountywi.gov/jc/public/jchome.php?page_id=1127or contact Barb Frank, Jefferson County Clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public comment opportunity: Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in room 205 of the Jefferson County Courthouse
Vote on the budget: Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in room 205 of theJefferson County Courthouse
For more information, contact myself or Joe Nehmer, Jefferson County Parks Director, at JoeN@jeffersoncountywi.gov or 920-674-7260.
Karen Etter Hale, Executive Secretary, Madison Audubon Society 608/255-BIRD (2473)
10/22/2010 Alert: Support Park, Open Space, andClean Water in Dane County
The Dane County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2011 Dane County Budget next Monday, Oct. 25, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 201 of the City County Building.
These programs are paid for by bonding, so the cost does not add to the 2011 budget, rather it is paid over 20-30 years. This approach is used in part because the cost of rural land has been rising faster than the cost of borrowing. The economic crisis has resulted in a slowdown in urbanization, so there are opportunities for land acquisition that might not otherwise be available. There has not been a slowdown, however, in requests for expansion of Urban Service Areas, suggesting that plans for urban expansion continue apace.
- Please attend the hearing and speak up in support of $5 million of new money for the Conservation Fund and $1.5 million of new money for the Land & Water Legacy Fund, in addition to any carryover. In addition, ask that there be adequate staffing for these programs in order to carry out land purchases and implement water quality programs
- Or contact your supervisor to urge support of these funding levels and staffing. See Dane County Board of Supervisors to find your supervisor (http://www.countyofdane.com/board/supervisors.aspx)or e-mail all supervisors at email@example.com
Madison Audubon Society, a member of CRANES (Capital Region Advocacy Network for Environmental Sustainability), supports full conservation funding in the 2011 budget. For more information, contact Gary Werner, CRANES president, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-249-7870 or Harry Read, MAS's CRANES representative, at email@example.com
Thanks for taking action.
10/15/2010 Cherokee Marsh - Action Alert
URGENT! Contact City of Madison Common Council alderpersons by Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m.! Even if you live outside the City of Madison.
Urge them to vote NO on Agenda Item 12 (Legislative File # 19348), a $432,000 Community Block Grant Development (CBGD) application by Independent Living, a provider of assisted or senior housing, among other nonprofit services.
Or attend the Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, Room 201 (City-County Building). Starting at 6:00 p.m. you can stop in to register in opposition (then come to the Madison Audubon meeting at Capitol Lakes!).
Flash: We have just learned that a request was made to refer (delay) this to their Nov. 9 meeting. There is no guarantee that it will be referred, but usually the Council honors such a request. Please still register in opposition ("No to Item 12") by e-mail or in person, but until further notice, please hold off on sharing the talking points.
Madison Audubon Society has worked for many years to help protect Cherokee Marsh, a critical wetland resource at the headwaters of the Yahara Lakes system. Please help us prevent additional stormwater runoff due to sprawl from a proposed development that fails to meet even the minimum conditions set forth in the City's own Comprehensive Plan.
Cherokee Marsh, a Wisconsin Wetland Gem, is a key natural area for the Yahara watershed's streams, wetlands, and lakes, and for the entire Capital region. Hundreds of wetlands acres that have been protected by the city and its partners, Dane County and the State of Wisconsin, cannot function ecologically without protection of the adjacent upland acres.
Two City of Madison Committees voted to approve this application, but did so only on the basis of the proposed facility's merit. They are leaving the environmental and siting review to the City's Plan Commission. For a busy Council, this may create an unwarranted sense of momentum. The city needs to take the next step and protect these crucial 42 acres of unfragmented upland, the last such habitat on the south end of the marsh.
- The proposal is in violation of the City's own Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2007. That Plan calls for low density residential housing (8-15 units per acre) in this hydrologically very complex area on the Marsh's souther border. Because of the eological importance of this land as upland habitat for marsh critters, the Friends of Cherokee Marsh opposed even this "light" development, providing an eco-alternative design that would have allowed the developer to build all the proposed units on land it owns across the street.
- The city should amend its Comprehensive Plan to protect the proposed site for eventual inclusion as crucial habitat in the Cherokee Marsh Conservation area, as recommended in 2007 by UW-trained ecologist Dr. Joesph Meisel and proposed by the Friends of Cherokee Marsh.
- The proposed Independent Living development, three phases on nine acres, would have a density of 34-36 units per acre, creating an estimated six acres of impervious surface (roofs, roads, driveways, etc). Institutional impervious surface is typically more than 65% of a site, much higher than the percentage for the residential housing that is called for in the comp plan. This planned development is directly adjacent to wetlands that are extremely sensitive to increases in stormwater runoff. The proposal includes an underground parking facility which, while a desirable feature for senior housing, will be prone to flooding (there are nearby hydric soils).
- In 2008, the nearest major road, Sherman Avenue, was closed for several weeks due to flooding. Development on the proposed site will add to problems in the area.
- If there is a confirmed need for this development, it should be built closer to Highway 113, nearer existing civic and community amenities or services.
- prevent a development that is not in compliance with the city's Comprehensive Plan for this area, directly adjacent to Cherokee Marsh, a sensitive natural resource important to the health of our lakes;
- help avoid another one-million gallon sewage spill into Cherokee Marsh, like the one in 2008;
- reduce the threat of additional flooding to far northside neighborhoods, where too many homes and condos must already make heavy use of sump pumps;
- fight sprawl by promoting smart growth at better sites on the Northside, where this development was being actively courted by neighborhood associations, and where there is plenty of available land;
- save taxpayer money for other good causes: the other sites for this publicly funded development are as much as 50% less expensive;
- Thank the mayor and the alders who voted in 2007 to help Dane County and the State of Wisconsin purchase more than 200 acres of Cherokee Marsh wetlands and additional crucial upland acres in 2008; and
- Please thank Alder Rummel for voting NO at the Oct. 5 meeting of the CDBG. On the basis of new information, she reversed her initial stance as a sponsor of the grant application! Please also thank Alders Rhodes-Conway and Verveer for voting NO at the Oct. 11 meeting of the Board of Estimates. (Alder Rhodes-Conway had already led passage by the Council of a policy that in the future will prevent use of public funds for any development not in compliance with the City's Comp Plan.)
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz - Use the online contact form http://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/contactMayor.cfm or contact directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-266-4611
City of Madison Alderpersons (individuals) – See below or online at http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/contact.cfm or e-mail all alders at once: email@example.com
CITY OF MADISON COMMON COUNCIL Meeting 19 OCTOBER 2010 ~ Tuesday ~ 6:30 p.m.210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Room 201 (City-County Building)
MEMBERS 2009-2011 (BY DISTRICTS)http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/documents/2009publicroster.pdf
D Name Home Phone
1 Jed Sanborn firstname.lastname@example.org 576-5509
2 Bridget Maniaci email@example.com 516-3488
3 Lauren Cnare - Pres. Pro Tem firstname.lastname@example.org 226-0987
4 Michael Verveer email@example.com 255-6498
5 Shiva Bidar-Sielaff firstname.lastname@example.org 220-6986
6 Marsha Rummel email@example.com 772-4555
7 Steve King firstname.lastname@example.org 235-9868
8 Bryon Eagon email@example.com 335-5091
9 Paul Skidmore firstname.lastname@example.org 829-3425
10 Brian Solomon email@example.com 294-9289
11 Chris Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org 238-7494
12 Satya Rhodes-Conway email@example.com 242-4426
13 Julia Kerr firstname.lastname@example.org 260-2661
14 Tim Bruer email@example.com 298-0060
15 Larry Palm firstname.lastname@example.org 692-8416
16 Judy Compton email@example.com 221-2567
17 Joe Clausius firstname.lastname@example.org 244-5066
18 Michael Schumacher email@example.com 242-1779
19 Mark Clear - PRESIDENT firstname.lastname@example.org 695-5709
20 Thuy Pham-Remmele email@example.com 957-4433
***** This alert has been approved by the Capital Area Region Advocacy Network for Environmental Sustainability (CRANES) Executive Committee, on behalf of CRANES partner organizations:Friends of Cherokee Marsh, League of Women Voters ~ Dane County, Sierra Club ~ Four Lakes Group, Madison Audubon Society, Earth/Art® Resources, West Waubesa Preservation Coalition, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, and Western Dane Coalition for Smart Growth and Environment
For more information, contact Jon Becker, Co-founder & Vice-President/Treasurer of Capital Region Advocacy Network for Environmental Sustainability (CRANES) at 608-242-8525 or Jonbecker@aol.com
Thanks for taking action,
Karen Etter Hale, Executive Secretary
Madison Audubon Society
222 S Hamilton St, Suite 1
Madison, WI 53703-3201