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Protecting Waukesha County's Natural Resourses since 1978


Most of Wisconsin's 11 turtle species breed in late May through June, often crossing roads to lay their eggs in nests on higher ground. Turtles being run over by cars is a leading cause of declining turtle numbers in the state.

Because some species – such as wood turtles and Blanding’s turtles – take 12 to 20 years to reach reproductive maturity, the death of even one female turtle a year can take a big toll.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking people to protect turtles on the move from now through the end of June, when the nesting season ends:

  • Drive with caution near wetlands, rivers, rivers, ponds, wetlands, and marshy areas.
  • Report roadways where turtles are crossing or are dead on the road. Fill in the short online form on DNR’s Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program website.
  • Build a nest cage to protect turtle eggs and later, hatchlings, if turtles are nesting on your property. Find instructions and a step-by-step video for a nest cage that allows hatchlings to exit but keeps out predators such as raccoons and skunks.
  • Be careful when mowing the lawn and working in the garden.
  • If you see a turtle on the road, move it to the other side in the direction it was going. Carry turtles with two hands from the back of the shell or use a tarp or blanket. Do not pick a turtle up by its tail.
    SOURCE: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

WEAL Issues Press Release - Opposes Nagawicka Lake Proposed Pier 

City of Delafield’s Individual Permit Application for a Pier with multiple moorings on Nagawicki Lake within an Area of Special Natural Resource Interest

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held a Public Informational Hearing on March 27, 2023 to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the City of Delafield’s permit application to place a “transient” pier with multiple moorings for watercraft in St. Johns Bay, an Area of Special Natural Resource Interest, (ASNRI) on Nagawicki Lake. The Public Notice is attached.

Only two mapped and designated Areas of Special Natural Resource Interest, (ASNRI) are present on Nagawicki Lake. These special habitat areas provide food, shelter and breeding areas for fish and other aquatic life. Encroachment into these areas with pier structures, boat traffic, plant harvesters and other equipment can degrade these special areas and result in the loss of valuable fish and wildlife habitat. The two ASNRIs on Nagawicki Lake are delineated in orange on the attached Pier Proposal document.


On 3/15/2023 the Wisconsin DNR and the U.S. EPA held a Community Advisory Group (CAG) Information Meeting to explain the process of forming a CAG for the Boundary Road Landfill (BRL) Superfund Site.

Meeting Video --- Watch the recording of the meeting [1:07:27]

Presentation by Adrian Palomeque, Community Involvement Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 5 --- Presentation [PDF]

If you are interested in CAG membership for the BRL Superfund Site, contact Penney Waggoner of the Falls React II Group at [email protected].  

 The purpose of a Community Advisory Group (CAG) is to provide a public forum for community members and other stakeholders to present and discuss issues and concerns regarding a Superfund Site.  read more...

On 12/15/2022 the DNR issued a Conditional Plan of Operation Approval for the Orchard Ridge Landfill Eastern Expansion, 

Southern Unit (Boundary Road Superfund Site plan). Waste Management began the first phase of the BRL exhumation on 12/16/2022.


WEAL continues to support the formation of a Community Advisory Group (CAG) for the Boundary Road Superfund Site . The DNR is presently in the process of scheduling an informational meeting on how a CAG functions. WEAL has asked the DNR to provide Zoom access for the meeting. When a date is scheduled the information will be posted on the WEAL website and Facebook page.

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Do you know about PFAS?

Wisconsin Lawmakers looking to address PFAS pollution February 1, 2023

From the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

PFAS_Chemicals-StaffMemorandum.PDF (

WEAL supports the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change report     Read or download the full report: Low Res (10 MB)