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October 2014


Win a Love Lake Michigan T-shirt or Pint Glass!


Take the pledge to Love Lake Michigan at and share it with your friends on Twitter or Facebook and you will be entered to win a t-shirt or pint glass. Be sure to include the hashtags #BLRPC and #loveLakeMichigan. 


You can also get your Lake Michigan photo featured on the Love Lake Michigan website by posting it to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #loveLakeMichigan.




Managing Urban and Rural Stormwater Runoff in Karst Environments


The Bay-Lake RPC, East Central WI RPC, UW-Extension, and Niagara Escarpment Resource Network are sponsoring a workshop about managing urban and rural stormwater runoff in karst environments. Municipal officials and stormwater management staff are encouraged to attend, especially those in Door, Kewaunee, and Brown Counties.

The event will take place Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Liberty Hall in Kimberly, Wisconsin.

"Karst" is a landscape created when water dissolves rocks such as dolomite and some limestone. The rocks are dissolved along fractures to create sinkholes, caves and other conduits. Water moves readily through these openings carrying sediment, nutrients, pathogens and other pollutants directly into groundwater. Karst landscapes are prevalent in northeast Wisconsin, and many population centers lie within these vulnerable zones. In several cases, karst sinkholes and local groundwater resources are impacted (or will potentially be impacted) as urban development and stormwater infrastructure are constructed. The workshop will provide planning and public works staff, consultants, stormwater engineers, and elected officials with background information on these issues, as well as current 'best practices' to be considered in these environments. A detailed program and online pre-registration can be found here.


WCMP Great Lakes Chronicle


The 2014 Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle is now available. Check it out online to read the following great articles!

  • Apostle Islands Ice Caves Go Viral
  • Crumbling Coastal Infrastructure: What Can Be Done?
  • Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Starts Strong
  • Oak Creek Redevelopment
  • G-WOW Changing Climate, Changing Culture, Changing Coasts
  • Egg Harbor Beach and Marina Improvements
  • Digital Coast

Workshops for Planning and Zoning Officials


The Center for Land Use Education (CLUE) at UW - Stevens Point is providing a series of workshops for planning officials on a variety of topics and held at a number of locations around the state. 


Planning and Zoning Workshops for Local Officials

Polk County Government Center, Balsam Lake, WI

September 25, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM - Plan Commission Basics

October 16, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM - Town-County Relationships in Zoning

November 13, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM - Updating Your Comprehensive Plan


Understanding Conditional Uses and Special Exceptions

September 30, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM - Sauk County West Square Building, Baraboo, WI



Zoning Board of Adjustment/Appeals Workshop

October 20, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM - Marquette County Services Center, Montello, WI


Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials

Teleconference series held the first Monday of each month from 10:00-11:00AM:   
October 6, 2014 - Local Control of Telecommunication Towers and Facilities:  Powers, Procedures and Limitations
November 3, 2014 - Phosphorus Discharge Regulation
December 1, 2014 - Local Government's Demographics Challenge and Implications for Counties and Communities
January 5, 2014 - Changes in Tax Incremental Financing (TIF)
February 2, 2014 - Wisconsin Legislative Preview


Available Grant Opportunities
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The following is a list of upcoming grant opportunities and their due dates. Please contact the Commission if you have a project idea, or need assistance with preparing or administering a grant, or if you are interested in partnering with the Commission on a project. 
BayCare Clinic Foundation Grants
Ben & Jerry's Foundation GrantsCedar Tree Foundation Grants
Charles Stuart Mott Foundation Environmental GrantsCornell Douglas Foundation Grants
Costco Wholesale Grants
EcoTech Grants - The Captain Planet FoundationEnvironmental Research & Education Foundation Grants
Gannett Foundation Grants
ING Foundation GrantsInternational Paper Grants
Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) GrantKinder Morgan Foundation Grants
Kodak American Greenways GrantsLawrence Foundation Grants
Lego Children's Fund GrantsMeadWestvaco Foundation Grants
Meetings Mean Business! GrantMitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Grants
MLB Baseball Tomorrow FundPatagonia Environmental Grants
RGK Foundation Education FundUS Soccer Foundation Safe Place to Play Grant
Waste Management Charitable GivingWisconsin Humanities Council Grant
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Win a Love Lake Michigan T-shirt or Pint Glass!
Managing Urban and Rural Stormwater Runoff in Karst Environments
WCMP Great Lakes Chronicle
Workshops for Planning and Zoning Officials
Available Grants





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