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Shoreland Ecosystem Services. WATER QUALITY HABITAT NATURAL BEAUTY. Without habitat, they are gone. Wisconsin’s Lakes are Changing Faster than Ever: Algae blooms (phosphorus pollution) Destruction of shoreline habitat Invading plants and animals. Steve Carpenter 2004.

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Shoreland ecosystem services
Shoreland Ecosystem Services




Shoreland ecosystem services

Wisconsin’s Lakes are Changing Faster than Ever:

Algae blooms

(phosphorus pollution)

Destruction of

shoreline habitat

Invading plants and animals

Steve Carpenter 2004

Shoreland ecosystem services

Natural Shorelines Program Components

Burnett County

 Technical Assistance

 Financial Assistance

 Shoreline Incentives

 Education and Outreach

Burnett county shoreland incentive program

Burnett County Shoreland Incentive Program

  • An annual property tax credit/ rebate of $50

  • An enrollment payment of $250

  • A free visit with a natural landscape expert

  • Planting plant to restore a natural shoreline

  • Payment that cover 70% of the cost of plants and materials

  • An exclusive shirt or cap

  • An optional sign to post at the water’s edge

On the ground results
On-the-Ground Results

  • Shoreline Length Preserved = 46 miles

  • 659 Parcels!

  • Shoreline Area Restored = 117,677 sq. ft.

Goal ii protect and restore healthy stable shoreland habitats
Goal II. Protect and restore healthy stable shoreland habitats.

  • Restoring and protecting shorelands will provide privacy and tranquility as well as a natural space for families to enjoy nature. Several of the existing developed shorelands lack adequate natural buffers which provide critical habitat and protect water quality.

Shoreland ecosystem services

Pecatonica habitats.River Pilot Project

Tests ConservationModelfor

Cleaner Water

“12% of the land base contributes

60% of the phosphorus load.”

– Pat Sutter, Dane County Land and

Water Conservation Dept

St croix civic engagement speaker series
St. Croix Civic Engagement Speaker Series habitats.

  • Purpose: To explore & discuss new ideas for encouraging authentic civic engagement in watershed projects in the St. Croix Basin.

  • To increase the collective understanding of civic engagement and how it can be encouraged and supported with the St. Croix River Basin.

  • Civic ENGAGEMENT – Setting the Stage:Why it matters

    Sept. 2010- Jan 2012

Definition of civic engagement
Definition of Civic Engagement habitats.

“Making public decisions and taking collective actions through processes that involve discussion, reasoning, and citizen participation rather than through the exercise of authority, expertise, status, political weight, or other such forms of power.”

- ElanoFagatto and Archon Fung

Dialog NOT a Debate

Shoreland ecosystem services

TO THE SOURCE: habitats.MOVING MINNESOTA’S WATER GOVERNANCE UPSTREAM- Engaging citizens in an authentic & timely way.Report of the Citizens League, November 2009



Who s responsible today
Who’s responsible today? habitats.

  • Perception that clean water is government’s responsibility

  • Reinforced by what we’ve set up – minimal role for citizens

  • No one satisfied with citizen participation processes

  • Government will never have enough staff or resources to “fix” the problem



New model of water governance
New Model of Water Governance habitats.

  • People who live and work in a watershed are in the best position to reduce nonpoint source pollution

  • Must engage the public as problem-solvers



Civic engagement requires changing the way we think about governing
Civic Engagement Requires Changing the Way We Think About Governing

  • A belief in human capacity to govern for the common good

  • Encouraging the public to carry out their obligations as citizens

  • Supporting active citizenship (the role that obligates all citizens to govern for the common good)

  • Building effective institutions– improving existing organizations in order to sustain democracy and citizenship

  • Lynne Kolze , MPCA

Our goal
Our Goal Governing

Wise Public Judgment

Public Knowledge and Values

Science and Expert Opinion