Fox River Commission
This week, I testified on a bill that would provide $100,000 annually to the Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission. This legislation is important for the economic development and quality of life for the 3 counties, and 14 communities that make up the 267 square miles of the Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission.
SEWFRC has existed since 1997, and is run entirely by volunteers – there are no state employees involved. In the last 20 years, the commission has received and transferred $1.6 million in grants and funds into various projects in southeastern Wisconsin. Currently, the commission is funding eight projects, primarily focused on shoreline restoration at a total of $185,000. Unfortunately, funding ended in the last budget.
Last year saw record flooding in the watershed. This bill will provide $100,000 funding per year from the conservation fund so that SEWFRC goals and projects can continue.
At a time when property values are dramatically increasing in our area, it is critical that we maintain the Fox River Watershed in an ecologically responsible manner for the enjoyment of all.