Protecting the Waters
What you can do

Join your lake association or form one

Restore/ Protect a vegetative
shoreland buffer

Follow WDNR pier regulations
in dock placement

Do not remove coarse woody debris
from near shore waters

Learn about Aquatic Invasive
Species (AIS)

Remove all AIS from boats and trailers
when leaving a lake

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Also in the news:

Love Your Lake?  Shorelands are Important!

Washburn County is blessed with many high quality lakes.  Unfortunately, this is not true for some parts of Wisconsin.  So what makes Washburn County lakes so attractive to those who enjoy time in and on them? » Read more

Shoreland Zoning Summary

As previously reported, dramatic changes have been made to shoreland zoning in the past year.  The most sweeping of the changes is the elimination of counties’ rights to adopt local shoreland ordinances stronger than the DNR’s minimum standards. Click here to read a summary of those changes prepared by Wisconsin Lakes association.

Information on these changes is also available in three excellent YouTube videos produced by the University of Wisconsin Extension.  These videos explain the reasons for shoreland zoning provisions as well as the changes recently made by Wisconsin’s legislature:

  1. Introduction to shoreland zoning and recent changes to required shoreland lot sizes

  2. Changes to shoreland setbacks, vegetation protection and impervious surface standards

  3. Changes to standards for buildings located close to the shoreline

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