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5 people who should visit the Apostle Islands
Sun Prairie Star (7/29)
If you’re looking for over-commercialized shops, chain restaurants, and ginormous waterparks, you won’t see yourself on this list. So give these descriptions a read and see if the Apostle Islands appeal to you for your next vacation

Research finds no improvement in mercury levels in northern Wisconsin lakes
Price County Daily (7/22)
An update to a map with fish mercury advisories in the Ceded Territories of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota shows that not much has changed.

'Landing Blitz’ to educate boaters on invasive species
LaCrosse Tribune (7/2)
Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers and Department of Natural Resources staff will be at boat launches throughout the state during the July 4 weekend helping boaters inspect their boats and learn the necessary steps to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Sheboygan looks at joining in on new marine sanctuary
The Sheboygan Press (6/28)
The Sheboygan Common Council is working with surrounding cities to have a 60-mile stretch of Lake Michigan — home to 33 known, and likely many more undiscovered, shipwrecks — designated as a national marine sanctuary.

Can Waukesha purchase Lake Michigan water? Months of scrutiny lie ahead
WUWM (Milwaukee, WI) (11/8)
Waukesha's proposal to purchase Lake Michigan water is now open for public review and is receiving a critical review from a conservation and environmental organization called the Compact Implementation Coalition.

Indian Summer Festival celebrates the Great Lakes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/1)
It's all about water this year at the Indian Summer Festival, an annual celebration of the Great Lakes tribal nations Friday through Sunday at Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee.

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Facts About Wisconsin
State of Wisconsin
State symbols, tour of the capitol, demographics and more.

Great Lakes Commission
Since 1955, Wisconsin has been a valued member of the Great Lakes Commission.

Wisconsin Governor Profile
Council of Great Lakes Governors
Includes biography, inaugural address, State of the State address and related links.

Wisconsin's Water Library
University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute
The Water Library is a collection of almost 30,000 volumes of water-related information plus links to additional sources on the Web.

wisconsin.gov is a starting point to guide you to the many resources available from Wisconsin state agencies, departments and other governmental branches.

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Department of Commerce (DOC)
Wisconsin Economic Profile
Northeast-Midwest Institute
The Northeast-Midwest Institute provides a variety of economic data about the state, including unemployment rate, per-capita income, gross state product, exports, government spending, demographics and more.

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Clean Wisconsin
Clean Wisconsin, an environmental advocacy organization, protects Wisconsin's clean water and air and advocates for clean energy by being an effective voice in the state legislature and by holding elected officials and corporations accountable.

Fishes of Wisconsin, by George C. Becker
Wisconsin Sea Grant
Now available online, Becker discusses Wisconsin waters and fisheries, and gives detailed species accounts of major Wisconsin fish families, including photographs.

Gathering Waters
A land trust conservation organization formed in 1995 to assist land trusts, landowners and communities in their efforts to protect Wisconsin's land and water resources.

Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
A not-for-profit organization providing grants to local conservation groups who are dedicated to enhancing Wisconsin's natural resources.

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
Through preservation and education, the OWLT protects the natural areas and open spaces of Ozaukee and Washington counties in southeastern Wisconsin.

Protecting Our Waters
Milwaukee River Basin Partnership
This web site provides local governments, developers and citizens with a planning guide that encourages good land-use decisions to protect Milwaukee River Basin water resources.

The State of Natural Resources (PDF)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Concentrating of public health and safety, sustaining ecosystems, people, and outdoor recreation.

University of Wisconsin Sea Grant
A statewide program of basic and applied research, education and technology transfer dedicated to the wise stewardship and sustainable use of Great lakes and ocean resources.

Wisconsin Coastal Management Program
Established in 1978, this program seeks to preserve, protect and wisely use the resource of the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior coastline for current and future generations.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
WDNR's mission is To protect and enhance Wisconsin's natural resources, to provide a healthy, sustainable environment, and to ensure the right of all people to use and enjoy these resources.

Wisconsin Great Lakes Water Quality
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Advocates the idea that "Great Lakes water quality protection is fundamentally a local concern."

Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Features hotline reports, field trips, a checklist of Wisconsin birds, and a monthly newsletter.

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The Great Lakes Circle Tour
Ride along on the 6,500-mile Great Lakes Circle Tour: a scenic, international road system connecting the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River! For new visitors to the region, this online travel guide offers informational maps, road routes and estimated mileages, and links to major cities, camping and recreation areas, and natural attractions.

Baileys Harbor, Door County
Provides tourism ideas, photographs and historical information for Baileys Harbor, located in Door County, Wisc.

The Lighthouses of Wisconsin
Seeing The Light
Join lighthouse buffs Terry and Sue Pepper on a voyage of discovery around the Great Lakes and through history. This site features extensive photography, research and observations of the lights.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism

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