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Protecting Waukesha County's Natural Resourses since 1978

December 12, 2020 Dear Member,

As 2020 comes to a close I, and the entire WEAL board, would like to wish you health and peace amongst all that is taking place. And we would like to thank you for your previous support of our initiatives to protect the environment in and around Waukesha County.

Some of our large projects that have kept us busy for several years are coming to a close and WEAL is looking towards the future. We are excited to work in new areas that will allow us to be proactive in protecting the natural resources in Waukesha County. Some of these include:

  • A mussel survey of four proposed 2021 bridge reconstruction projects that WEAL paid for. Mussels (or mussel relic shells) were found at all four locations with nine species, including one State-threatened species, being found in the Fox River near downtown Waukesha! We are discussing ways to share this information with the WDNR so that the species can be protected during construction, and how best to share what we’ve learned about our local water resources with the community.
  • WEAL submitted a request to the Wisconsin DNR asking for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on an expansion at the Orchard Ridge Landfill in Menomonee Falls. The proposed expansion involves exhuming waste from the 58 acre Boundary Road Superfund Site and burying the contaminated, and potentially hazardous, waste within the Orchard Ridge Landfill. Several statewide and regional organizations as well as dozens of local residents have also submitted requests to the WDNR supporting and EIS. More information can be found at the WEAL website:
  • Finally, we want to join the now strengthening environmental justice movement by paying special attention to the environmental health of downtown Waukesha. The mussel surveys that were previously referenced can be part of this. But we are committed to doing more. If you have been in Frame Park or downtown Waukesha you have probably seen trash in and along the Fox River. A clean up may take place this spring. Once this is organized we will be inviting our members to join us.

To help continue WEAL’s important work please complete and mail (to the address below) the renewal form that is enclosed. Or renew on-line at our website: You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy New Year ! Sincerely,

Angela Reifenberg

WEAL Membership Coordinator