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February 26, 2020

2/4/2020 7:30:00 AM
Reader shares thoughts on pier issue

To the Editor:

Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) and Representative Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) are co-sponsors of legislation that would guarantee land owners the right to place a pier on a navigable waterway on a state flowage.

They are working with the Wisconsin Realtors Association in this effort. Adding more piers on a waterway increases the pressure on the environment and negatively affects the water, the fish and creatures that live in the water, the shoreline and the land. Too many protections of our shoreline, land and waterways have already been eliminated and especially with climate change I believe it is imperative that each one of us do what we can to protect our waterways and environment. Adding more piers does not do this.

I ask Sen. Tiffany and Rep. Felzkowski to consider that the right of pier placement on the state's flowages is not endangered but our water and land habitat certainly is and urge them to instead take action that benefits the long-term health of our north woods.

Patricia Juday


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