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Lakes and Watershed Commission Seeks Public Input on Dane County Slow-No-Wake Boating Regulations

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Sue Jones, 267-0118

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/14/2001

Issued By: County Executive
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The Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission has scheduled three public hearings on the county boating regulations (Chapter 72 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances).


Public Hearing #1: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 7 p.m.
Westport Old Town Hall (Blue Building)
5389 Mary Lake Road, Waunakee, WI


Public Hearing #2: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 7 p.m.
Courtroom 2E, City-County Building
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI


Public Hearing #3: Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at 7 p.m.
Town of Dunn Town Hall
4156 CTH B, McFarland, WI


The current ordinance requires that motorized watercraft travel no faster than "slow-no-wake" speed within 200 feet from the shores of Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa. "Slow-no-wake" speed means the minimum speed at which a motorized watercraft is able to move and maintain adequate steerage control.

No proposal has been prepared or introduced to change the 200-foot slow-no-wake zone. However, during the high water conditions and emergency boating restrictions last summer, there were many citizen discussions of possible permanent changes to the slow-no-wake regulations. Some said stricter permanent rules were needed. Some said permanent changes were unnecessary.

At the request of County Executive Kathleen Falk, County Board Chair Kevin Kesterson, and County Board Supervisors John Hendrick and Al Matano, the Commission scheduled these public hearings to hear from the public and experts about the possible need for permanent changes. After the hearings, the Commission will decide whether or not any amendments to Ch. 72 should be introduced to the Dane County Board.
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