2009 - 2010 LEGISLATURE
January 27, 2009 - Introduced by Representatives Sherman, Mason, Barca,
Berceau, Bies, Clark, Hebl, Milroy, Molepske, Nelson, Pocan, Richards,
and Vruwink, cosponsored by Senators Jauch, Cowles, Erpenbach,
Holperin, Lehman, Risser
and Wirch. Referred to Committee on Natural
AB7,1,3 1An Act to renumber and amend 30.26 (2); to repeal and recreate 30.26 (4)
2(title); and to create 30.26 (2) (a) 3. and 30.26 (5) of the statutes; relating to:
3designating a portion of the Brunsweiler River as a wild river.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the legislature may designate rivers as part of the state's
wild river system. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administers the
system to preserve, protect, and enhance a river's natural beauty and unique
recreational value. This bill adds to the wild river system a portion of the
Brunsweiler River and requires that this portion of the river be known as the "Martin
Hanson Wild River." The bill also specifically allows for the maintenance or
replacement of piers and a boat landing and for the maintenance of a dam, that
currently are in place on the designated portion of the Brunsweiler River.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB7, s. 1 4Section 1. 30.26 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 30.26 (2) (a) (intro.) and
5amended to read:
130.26 (2) (a) (intro.) The following rivers, or portions of rivers, are designated
2as wild rivers:
AB7,2,3 31. The Pike River in Marinette County, and the.
AB7,2,5 42. The Pine River and its tributary Popple River in Florence and Forest
5counties are designated as wild rivers and.
AB7,2,9 6(b) The rivers designated under par. (a) shall receive special management to
7assure their preservation, protection and enhancement of their natural beauty, and
unique recreational and other inherent values in accordance with guidelines
9outlined in this section.
AB7, s. 2 10Section 2. 30.26 (2) (a) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
AB7,2,1611 30.26 (2) (a) 3. The portion of the Brunsweiler River, described as follows: from
12the point at which the Brunsweiler River leaves the SW-1/4 of the SW-1/4 of Sec. 22,
13T. 44 N., R. 4 W. downstream to the point at which the Brunsweiler River crosses the
14boundary of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in the NW-1/4 of Sec. 22, T.
1545 N., R. 4 W. This portion of the Brunsweiler River shall be known as the "Martin
16Hanson Wild River".
AB7, s. 3 17Section 3. 30.26 (4) (title) of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
AB7,2,1818 30.26 (4) (title) Snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.
AB7, s. 4 19Section 4. 30.26 (5) of the statutes is created to read:
AB7,2,2120 30.26 (5) Brunsweiler River. (a) As part of the management of the designated
21portion of the Brunsweiler River, all of the following shall apply:
AB7,3,222 1. The U.S. forest service may maintain the dam that impounds Beaver Dam
23Lake that is in place on the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date].
24If the U.S. forest service receives authorization from the department to abandon the

1dam, the department may carry out restoration activities to restore the natural
2appearance of the lake and the river.
AB7,3,43 2. The U.S. forest service may maintain or replace the boat landing on Mineral
4Lake that is in place on the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date].
AB7,3,105 3. Any pier that is in place on the river on the effective date of this paragraph
6.... [LRB inserts date], may be maintained or replaced. A replacement pier may have
7no more boat slips than did the original pier. A replacement pier shall either be
8limited to the dimensions of the original pier or the dimension requirements
9specified in s. 30.12 (1g) (f), whichever dimensions result in a smaller square area for
10the pier and any accompanying platform.
AB7,3,1311 (b) Compliance with any applicable permitting or other requirements under
12chs. 30 and 31 is required for the maintenance and replacement activities authorized
13under this subsection.
AB7,3,1414 (End)