The International Joint Commission’s Indicators Implementation Task Force Final Report, assessing the progress to restore and maintain the health of the Great Lakes under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement has been released. The report is available to the public free of charge on IJC’s website at or in hard copy by contacting the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Regional Office in Canada at 100 Ouellette Ave., Suite 800, Windsor, ON N9A 6T3, phone (519)257-6734; in the U.S. at P.O. Box 32869, Detroit, MI 48232, phone (313)226-2170, or by e-mail to

State of Natural Resources 2000

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has just published “The State of the Natural Resources,” a compendium of useful facts about the state’s air and water quality, solid waste disposal, wildlife populations, fisheries and forestry. The section on wetlands mentions the historic loss of wetland ecosystems (half of our original 10 million acres) during the past 150 years. During the 10-year period 1982-1991, an average of 1,400 acres were lost per year to permitted activities. In 1991, administrative code NR 103 was adopted, establishing wetland water quality standards and effectively reducing wetland losses. During the period 1992-1999, an average of about 350 acres were lost per year due to all activities, or a drop in over 300% of permitted wetland losses compared to the previous decade. The publication can be found at the DNR web site:

Restoration Handbook Completed!

Wisconsin Wetlands Association has recently completed its “Wetland Restoration Handbook for Wisconsin Landowners.” The handbook is at the printer and will be available in July. The publication provides guidelines for assessing a site’s potential for restoration and proceeds to walk the landowner through steps of restoration. The handbook has been a collaborative project of WWA, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, DNR, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ducks Unlimited and the Great Lakes Protection Fund. If you are interested in receiving a copy of this 120-page handbook, a special publication of the Wisconsin DNR, please contact the WWA office: 222 S. Hamilton St, #1, Madison WI 53703. Phine: (608) 250-9971. E-mail:



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