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30.2026 30.2026 Lake Belle View and Sugar River project.
30.2026(1)(1)Authorization.
30.2026(1)(a)(a) Subject to the restrictions under sub. (2), the village of Belleville may place fill on all or part of the portion of the bed of Lake Belle View located in Dane County for any of the following purposes:
30.2026(1)(a)1. 1. Improving fish and wildlife habitat.
30.2026(1)(a)2. 2. Creating and enhancing wetlands.
30.2026(1)(a)3. 3. Improving the water quality of Lake Belle View and the Sugar River.
30.2026(1)(a)4. 4. Enhancing the recreational use and aesthetic enjoyment of Lake Belle View and the Sugar River.
30.2026(1)(a)5. 5. Separating Lake Belle View from the Sugar River by creating an artificial barrier from lake bottom sediments or by other means.
30.2026(1)(a)6. 6. Creating suitable lake bottom depths or contours in Lake Belle View.
30.2026(1)(a)7. 7. Promoting the growth of desirable wetland plants.
30.2026(1)(b) (b) Any lake bottom sediments that are unsuitable for the creation of an artificial barrier under par. (a) 5. may be placed in any agricultural field that is adjacent to Lake Belle View.
30.2026(1)(c) (c) If the village of Belleville creates an artificial barrier from lake bottom sediments under par. (a) 5., the village of Belleville shall also place lake bottom sediments in adjacent areas for the purpose of creating and enhancing wetlands.
30.2026(2) (2)Requirements.
30.2026(2)(a) (a) The village of Belleville shall obtain approval from the department for any placement of fill material as authorized under sub. (1).
30.2026(2)(b) (b) The village of Belleville shall submit to the department any plans or other information that the department considers necessary for it to effectively determine whether to grant approval under par. (a).
30.2026(2)(c) (c) The village of Belleville shall ensure that all of the following apply to any artificial barrier created as authorized under sub. (1).
30.2026(2)(c)1. 1. The barrier does not materially obstruct navigation or reduce the effective flood flow capacity of a stream.
30.2026(2)(c)2. 2. The barrier is not detrimental to the public interest.
30.2026(2)(c)3. 3. The barrier is owned by a public entity and the public is granted free access to the barrier.
30.2026(2)(c)4. 4. Access by the public to the barrier is limited to use as open space for recreational purposes.
30.2026(2)(c)5. 5. The barrier remains in as natural a condition as is practicable, as determined by the department.
30.2026(2)(c)6. 6. No structure, except those necessary in order to effectuate a purpose specified in sub. (1) (a), are placed on the barrier.
30.2026(2)(d) (d) The village of Belleville shall create any artificial barrier under this section in compliance with all state laws that relate to navigable bodies of water, except s. 30.12.
30.2026(3) (3)Conditions.
30.2026(3)(a) (a) The village of Belleville shall maintain any artificial barrier created as authorized under sub. (1). If a landowner of more than 500 feet of Lake Belle View shoreline, a portion of which is located within 1,000 feet of any such artificial barrier, is dissatisfied with the manner in which the village of Belleville is maintaining the barrier, the owner may maintain the barrier in lieu of the village, upon approval of the department. The village or a landowner who maintains the barrier shall comply with all state laws that relate to navigable bodies of water, except s. 30.12. The department may require the village of Belleville or the landowner to maintain the barrier in a structurally and functionally adequate condition.
30.2026(3)(b) (b) The village of Belleville shall ensure that any construction draw down of Lake Belle View related to the creation of any artificial barrier authorized under sub. (1) occurs only once.
30.2026(4) (4)Costs. Any costs incurred by the state to construct, maintain, improve, or remove any artificial barrier created as authorized under sub. (1) shall be paid by the village of Belleville or its successors or assigns.
30.2026(5) (5)Immunity. The state and its officers, employees, and agents are immune from liability for acts or omissions that cause damage or injury and that relate to the construction, maintenance, or use of any artificial barrier created as authorized under sub. (1).
30.2026 History History: 2001 a. 16; 2003 a. 118.
30.203 30.203 Lake Winnebago comprehensive project.
30.203(1)(1)Authorization. The department may implement a project to place structures or fill or both on the beds of lakes Winnebago, Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan for any of the following purposes:
30.203(1)(a) (a) To improve navigation or to provide navigation aids.
30.203(1)(b) (b) To restore or protect wetland habitat or water quality.
30.203(1)(c) (c) To create, restore or protect fish and wildlife habitat.
30.203(1)(d) (d) To enhance the natural aesthetic value or improve the recreational use of these lakes.
30.203(2) (2)Location of structures and fill. Any structure or fill placed as part of the project authorized under sub. (1) shall be located in Winnebago County as follows:
30.203(2)(a) (a) In Lake Winnebago within the area that consists of the S-1/2 of Sec. 14, T. 17 N., R. 17 E., and the N-1/2 of Sec. 23, T. 17 N., R. 17 E.
30.203(2)(b) (b) In Lake Butte des Morts within an area that consists of the N-1/2 of Secs. 1 and 2, T. 18 N., R. 15 E., the S-1/2 of Secs. 25, 26 and 27, T. 19 N., R. 15 E., the E-1/2 of Sec. 34, T. 19 N., R. 15 E., and Secs. 35 and 36, T. 19 N., R. 15 E.
30.203(2)(c) (c) In Lake Winneconne and Lake Poygan within an area that consists of the W-1/2 of Secs. 6 and 7, T. 19 N., R. 15 E.; the E-1/2 of Secs. 1 and 12 and the NE-1/4 of Sec. 2, T. 19 N., R. 14 E.; and the S-1/2 of Sec. 26, the SE-1/4 of Sec. 27, and the E-1/2 of Sec. 35, T. 20 N., R. 14 E.
30.203(2)(d) (d) In Lake Poygan within an area that consists of the W-1/2 of Sec. 36, T. 20 N., R. 14 E.; the NW-1/4 of Sec. 1, T. 19 N., R. 14 E.; the E-1/2 of Sec. 33, all of Sec. 34, and the W-1/2 of Sec. 35, T. 20 N., R. 14 E.; and the N-1/2 of Sec. 4, T. 19 N., R. 14 E.
30.203(3) (3)Preliminary requirements.
30.203(3)(a) (a) Before beginning any activity involving the placement of a structure or fill as part of the project authorized under sub. (1), the department shall do all of the following:
30.203(3)(a)1. 1. Comply with the requirements under s. 1.11.
30.203(3)(a)2. 2. Prepare plans and gather any other information necessary to effectively evaluate the structural and functional integrity of the structure or fill.
30.203(3)(a)3. 3. Hold a public informational meeting to discuss the plans prepared under subd. 2.
30.203(3)(a)4. 4. Approve the project if it finds that the structure or fill is structurally and functionally sound and that the structure or fill will comply with the requirements under sub. (4).
30.203(3)(b) (b) The department shall determine the manner in which and to whom notice will be given of the public informational meeting held under par. (a) 3.
30.203(4) (4)Requirements for structures and fill. A structure or fill placed as part of the project authorized under sub. (1) shall meet all of the following requirements:
30.203(4)(a) (a) It may not reduce the effective flood flow capacity of the Wolf River or the Fox River above the point where the Fox River flows into Lake Butte des Morts.
30.203(4)(b) (b) It may not materially obstruct navigation.
30.203(4)(c) (c) It may not cause material injury to the rights of a riparian owner who owns land that abuts a navigable waterway that is affected by the project.
30.203(4)(d) (d) It may not cause environmental pollution, as defined in s. 299.01 (4).
30.203(4)(e) (e) It may not be detrimental to the public interest.
30.203(4)(f) (f) It must further a purpose specified in sub. (1).
30.203(5) (5)Oversight and maintenance by the department.
30.203(5)(a)(a) The department shall monitor the project authorized under sub. (1) to assure that the project is furthering a purpose specified in sub. (1).
30.203(5)(b) (b) The department shall maintain the structures and the fill that are part of the project authorized under sub. (1) to assure that the structures and fill do not impair the safety of the public.
30.203(5)(c) (c) The department shall maintain the structures and the fill that are part of the project authorized under sub. (1) in a manner that does not impair the natural aesthetic value of the area, to the extent practicable.
30.203(5)(d) (d) The department shall maintain the structures and the fill that are part of the project authorized under sub. (1) so that they remain in compliance with the requirements listed under sub. (4).
30.203(5)(e) (e) If the department determines that any structure or any fill that is part of the project authorized under sub. (1) does not comply with the requirements under sub. (4), the department shall modify the structure or fill to bring it into compliance. If the department cannot modify the structure or fill to bring it into compliance, the department shall remove the structure or fill.
30.203(6) (6)Use of structures or fill.
30.203(6)(a) (a) Any structure or fill placed as part of the project authorized under sub. (1) may be used only for any of the following:
30.203(6)(a)1. 1. As a site for the placement of navigation aids approved by the department.
30.203(6)(a)2. 2. Activities to protect or improve wildlife or fish habitat, including the placement of fish or wildlife habitat structures approved by the department.
30.203(6)(a)3. 3. Open space for recreational activities.
30.203(6)(b) (b) The department may promulgate rules to reasonably limit use by the public under par. (a) 3.
30.203(7) (7)Ownership; jurisdiction. The structures or fill that are part of the project authorized under sub. (1) are owned by the state and are under the jurisdiction of the department. The state may not transfer ownership of a structure or any fill that is part of the project authorized under sub. (1).
30.203(8) (8)Exemptions. Section 30.12 does not apply to activities that are necessary for the implementation or maintenance of the project authorized under sub. (1).
30.203(9) (9)Funding. Funding for this project shall be paid from the appropriations under ss. 20.370 (1) (mu) and 20.866 (2) (tr) and (tu).
30.203 History History: 1991 a. 39; 1995 a. 27, 227; 2005 a. 25; 2007 a. 20.
30.2035 30.2035 Shoreline protection study. The department shall conduct a study on shoreline protection measures, including the use of seawalls, and on the environmental impact that these measures may have. No later than June 1, 1996, the department shall complete the study and shall distribute the results of the study, including the department's findings and recommendations, to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature in the manner provided under s. 13.172 (3). The recommendations shall include any proposed legislation or rules that are necessary to implement the recommendations. Any rules that the department proposes to implement the recommendations of the study shall be submitted for review by the legislative council staff under s. 227.15 (1) no later than 7 months after the study is completed.
30.2035 History History: 1993 a. 421.
30.2037 30.2037 Big Silver Lake high-water mark. The ordinary high-water mark of Big Silver Lake in the town of Marion in Waushara County shall be set by the department at 867 feet above mean sea level as determined under U.S. geological survey standards.
30.2037 History History: 1997 a. 27.
30.2038 30.2038 Milwaukee shoreline established.
30.2038(1)(a) (a) The shoreline of Lake Michigan in the city of Milwaukee is fixed and established to extend from approximately the line of East Lafayette Place extended easterly on the north to the present north harbor entrance wall of the Milwaukee River on the south as specified in an agreement between the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company and the city of Milwaukee recorded with the office of the register of deeds of Milwaukee County on April 23, 1913, in volume 662, pages 326-330, as document number 762955.
30.2038(1)(b) (b) The shoreline described under par. (a) constitutes the boundary line between the lake bed of Lake Michigan and land that is not part of the lake bed of Lake Michigan.
30.2038(2) (2)Any restrictions, conditions, reverters, or limitations imposed on the use of land or conveyance of land under chapter 358, laws of 1909, chapter 389, laws of 1915, chapter 284, laws of 1923, chapter 150, laws of 1929, chapter 151, laws of 1929, chapter 516, laws of 1929, chapter 381, laws of 1931, chapter 76, laws of 1973, 1985 Act 327, and any other act conveying a part of the lake bed of Lake Michigan do not apply to land located to the west of the shoreline described under sub. (1) (a).
30.2038(3) (3)The declarations under sub. (1) are made in lieu of, and have the same effect as, a final judgment entered by a court under ch. 841.
30.2038 History History: 2013 a. 20, 140.
30.2038 Note NOTE: 2013 Wisconsin Act 140, section 2, contains legislative declarations and findings.
30.204 30.204 Lake acidification experiment.
30.204(1)(1)Authorization. Between May 15, 1984, and January 1, 2008, the department is authorized to conduct a lake acidification experiment on the lake specified under sub. (2).
30.204(2) (2)Lake selection. The department shall select Little Rock Lake in the town of Arbor Vitae, Vilas County, township 41 north, range 6 east, for the lake acidification experiment.
30.204(3) (3)Experiment. In conducting the lake acidification experiment, the department shall deny access to and prohibit navigation on the lake by posted notice, may place a barrier or dyke across the lake, may place chemicals or other substances in the lake and may take other actions necessary for the experiment.
30.204(4) (4)Restoration.
30.204(4)(a) (a) Before artificially acidifying the lake, the department shall establish an escrow account containing sufficient funds to restore the lake and its aquatic life as provided under par. (c).
30.204(4)(b) (b) After the department has artificially acidified the lake, it may allow and monitor the natural restoration of the lake and its aquatic life as part of the experiment.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-1-19)