Wisconsin Land Use Megatrends: Water
Author(s) Anna Haines, Lynn Markham, Dan McFarlane, Eric Olson, Rebecca Roberts, Linda Stoll.
The Public Trust Doctrine provides the foundation for preserving our aquatic natural resources for future generations. Through all branches of government, the state of Wisconsin has an affirmative duty to protect and preserve our lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands in partnership with the citizenry and businesses of the state.
The importance of the Public Trust Doctrine has increased as our aquatic resources face increased development and recreational pressures. The public interest, once primarily interpreted to protect public rights to transportation on navigable waters, has been broadened to include protecting public rights to healthy water quality and quantity, recreational activities, and scenic beauty (16 pages; 2014).