On Nov. 13, six brave CARPC Commissioners voted against bringing Fitchburg's Northeast Neighborhood into the Urban Service Area. They were Commissioners Ball, Golden, Hampton, McKeever, Minihan and Terrell. We applaud them for their courage and their forward-looking attitudes! Thanks also to the thousands of people who have signed petitions, contacted commissioners, attended meetings, donated their time or money, and helped us to organize.
But 90 people registered against Fitchburg's North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood amendment, and 12 signed up to speak against it, so we know that at least that many registered against the NEN. The NEN hearing was opened at 11:10 p.m., then immediately continued 'til Oct. 9.
Here's what you can do:
1. Watch our 20-min. video, "Waubesa Wetlands in Danger," starring Dr. Cal DeWitt, Dr. Joy Zedler, and Tracy Hames, and shot in the wetlands in July, at www.westwaubesa.org, and then share it via Facebook, Twitter, email or telephone. Since our last newsletter on Sept 10, we've gone from 140 views to 210 views. Help us reach 300! You can follow us on Twitter @westwaubesa.
2. If you haven't written yet, please write to the CARPC Commissioners at allcommissioners@CapitalAreaRPC.org regarding the NEN proposal.Click HERE for the latest WWPC newsletter, which has helpful hints on how to write to and testify before the CARPC
3. Put Oct. 9 on your calendar, and come to the CARPC meeting at 7 p.m., location to be announced. (This time we won't have to sit through 2 other hearings first!). Register in opposition to the Northeast Neighborhood amendment if you didn't already do so on Sept. 11.
Spencer Black publishes opinion piece in The Capital Times against developing Fitchburg's "Northeast Neighborhood"
From: Joy B. Zedler, Ph.D., Professor of Botany and Aldo Leopold Chair of Restoration Ecology
Re: Northeast Neighborhood (NEN)
I am a wetland scientist; I reside in the Town of Dunn at the headwaters of Murphy Creek. I have personal experience with runoff from Fitchburg, because a farm across the road from me despoils my native sedge meadow with sediment, nutrients, and pesticides. The runoff is converting native vegetation to Wisconsin’s worst wetland weed (reed canary grass, Phalaris arundinacea). A graduate student of mine recently showed that the portion of my sedge meadow that is dominated by reed canary grass has only half as many plant species as the area in front of the invasion, and many of the associates of reed canary grass are weeds. Another student documented increased nitrogen content of plant leaves as we sampled plants away from and close to the culvert that imports Fitchburg runoff from the corn/soybean field. The source of the problem is nutrientrich runoff and the outcome is continued degradation and loss of substantial value (“natural capital”) due to runoff from a Fitchburg farm.
Here are my science-based concerns about urban development west of Larsen Road: (Read More)
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- Fall 2013 Brochure (29-Oct-13 20:54)
- UW Madison Professor Cal DeWitt on the drawbacks to developing the Northeast Neighborhood (08-Oct-13 08:03)
- February 2013
- January 2008
- Important new groundwater research available on Fitchburg website (18-Jan-08 13:46)
- August 2007
- New forum online for discussing the future of Fitchburg (31-Aug-07 18:37)
- May 2007
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