Wisconsin Citizens Act to Protect Our Waters

“Environmental laws don’t enforce themselves and the environment doesn’t have a voice unless we speak up for it,” stated Arlen Christenson, Co-Founder of MEA.

On October 20, 2015, 16 citizens from across the state filed a Petition for Corrective Action with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to request action to bring Wisconsin into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Once a leader in conservation and protection of our natural resources, Wisconsin now may need to turn over authority to administer the Clean Water Act to the federal government. Our current executive and legislative branches have failed to provide the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources the authority and resources to protect both surface and groundwater. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has also reduced the DNR’s authority and taken away citizen rights granted in the Clean Water Act.

Clean Water Action Council President and Petitioner Dean Hoegger speaks at the press conference announcing CWA Petition to the EPA. Photo by Brenda Staudenmaier.

Clean Water Action Council President and Petitioner Dean Hoegger speaks at the press conference announcing CWA Petition to the EPA.
Photo by Brenda Staudenmaier.

The petition was filed by Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA), a non-profit law firm with a commitment to protect the health and wealth of the state’s water resources. MEA describes the petition as a document that outlines the ways in which Wisconsin is out of compliance with the Clean Water Act through a “demonstrated lack of clear or effective implementation of the law, adequate enforcement, or proper legal authority.”

Petitioners in another recent action, the Safe Drinking Water Act Petition to the EPA (see Legal Actions CWAC Winter 2014-2015 Newsletter: http://www.cleanwateractioncouncil.org/newsletter/), filed with the EPA in October of 2014, and their participation in workgroups formed by the DNR to address those issues, confirm the following findings by MEA:

  • Action of Wisconsin elected officials and the courts has left the DNR without the clear authority it needs to issue water pollution permits in a way that fully satisfies Clean Water Act requirements.
  • The DNR is not adequately responding to known statutory and regulatory omissions and deficiencies that Wisconsin must resolve in order to meet minimum requirements of the Clean Water Act.
  • The DNR’s program doesn’t include limits in water pollution permits that are protective enough of water quality.

In 2011, the EPA informed the DNR that the state was not in compliance with 75 aspects of the Clean Water Act. While the DNR claims that about half of those non-compliance issues have been corrected, residents most affected with this lack of compliance have contested these claims. This petition asks the EPA to work with the DNR to set enforceable timelines for corrective action on these deficiencies. If Wisconsin is not able to correct these deficiencies, the petition asks the EPA to take back authority to administer the Act.

In order to be in compliance, it appears that legislative action will be required, since many of the changes in rule making and enforcement authority of the DNR to protect our water, will require action by our legislators. “The Governor and state legislature have starved the DNR’s power and robbed the agency’s experienced staff of professional autonomy to make informed decisions,” said MEA’s Executive Director Kimberlee Wright. “Today, this drastically narrowed authority of DNR staff to make critical decisions about protecting our water requires urgent action by the EPA. Without effective government, we are compounding what our children and grandchildren will face in a world increasingly short of drinking water.”

Will the current state leaders be up to the task of placing the goal of protecting our water resources over supporting monetary gain by a few individuals and corporations? Or, will voters need to cast their votes in future elections for individuals who will protect our precious water resources?



Nov & Dec Meeting Dates Revised

Holiday events are impacting our meeting dates. For example, both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve fall on the fourth Thursday of the month (our traditional general meeting date).  General Meeting date for NOVEMBER is tentatively MONDAY the 23rd.   The  DECEMBER General Meeting is set for THURSDAY the 17th.

Also, the  Exec. Board will meet on TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER instead of Thursday the 10th.

Program for Monday 23 November General Meeting:

(Program content currently is not confirmed. Therefore, we will cancel this meeting if arrangements are not finalized in time.)

Program for Thursday 17 December General Meeting:

  • Talk by representative of the Hillary Clinton for President campaign
  • Presentation by Charolette Baierl: “How to Build an Engaged DPDC Community Network” the process of Party Growth and Implementing Communication Strategies using social media, event planning, candidate development and voter registration.


DPDC Supports Waterfront Lawsuit

Sturgeon Bay Waterfront

Sturgeon Bay Waterfront

Garret Cohn chairman of the Democratic Party of Door County announced today endorsement of The Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and its lawsuit.

“Our government must serve the common good and there is no better definition of public good than the protection of the waterfront of Door County and Sturgeon Bay.
“This stand on the waterfront issue can make changes in the ways we think about our city and how our city reacts to us, its voters.” Cohn concluded.


All Seating is Taken for Potluck Picnic with RUSS

Russ FeingoldRUSS FEINGOLD and DAVE HANSEN will speak to a capacity crowd of Progressives in The Pavilion at Sawyer Park this Saturday, August 29.  According to a Sturgeon Bay city employee, the park department will fill The Pavilion with more tables than it has ever held before.  Attendance will also set a new record for this annual DPDC event.

Ticket sales were halted today.  Reservation holders will fill the building to capacity.  Although we would like to accommodate everyone, Walk-Ins, Standing Room Only, and at-the-door admissions are NOT AVAILABLE.

We urge reservation holders to arrive early to avoid a long line at the door.


Large Crowd Expected August 29 for DPDC Picnic


RUSS FEINGOLD, featured speaker Saturday, August 29th at The Pavilion at Sawyer Park, Sturgeon Bay

NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD: Reservations are arriving at such a brisk rate that we have already set an attendance record with the Picnic still two weeks away.  Don’t put off getting yours until it’s too late.

Your were invited. Did you miss it? Click to read it now Picnic Invitation

Be aware that:

Seating is limited.

Full house is expected. 

Click the Red Button now.

Make Reservation

This is a great picnic:

  • Grilled burgers and hot dogs.
  • Potluck dishes and desserts.
  • Some new friends to meet and old friends to catch up with.
  • Great introduction by Dave Hansen 
  • Russ telling us why Dems and Wisconsin needs him in Washington to replace that current Tea Party type.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are tickets Sold At the DOOR?  Unlikely, we expect a full house on picnic day. Make a reservation in advance.
  • When should we arrive?  Any time after 4:00 pm.  Allow enough time to put your dish on the serving line and then socialize before serving starts at 5:00
  • At what time does Russ Feingold arrive?  His staff has not yet announced his schedule.  Probably we won’t now until picnic day
  • What is the price of admission?  Adult Admission $7.00, Child Admission (3 thru 12) $2.00, PLUS one dish to pass per family
  • What kind of dish should we bring?  For all the details click on the blue button below.
  • Is the Picnic limited to Party Members?  No. The picnic is open to members, Party friends, and Progressives of all stripes.  We will, however, happily accept membership applications during the picnic



Sen. TAMMY BALDWIN Coming to Northern Door August 9th

Save the date!

Please join Kubie Luchterhand in supporting

US Senator Tammy Baldwin

at a summer evening reception in support of her campaign.

Sunday, August 9th
5:00pm to 7:00pm

At the home of Kubie Luchterhand
1540 Old School Road
Ellison Bay, WI

Join our team of sponsors!
Host $1,000
Sponsor $500
Friend $250
Suggested Donation $53

To RSVP or contribute online go to www.TammyBaldwin.com/DoorCounty

Or send contributions to:
Tammy Baldwin for Senate, PO Box 696, Madison, WI 53701

For more information, please contact Ashley at ashley@tammybaldwin.com or call 608.663.6300

Favorite Annual DPDC Potluck Picnic (with Russ Feingold)




Door County Democratic Party invites you to meet and greet Russ Feingold during his first visit to Door County in his campaign to retake his senate seat!

This is our traditional potluck to meet old acquaintances, find new friends, share favorite dishes and listen to Russ as he explains why Democrats and the state of Wisconsin need him back in the Senate!!  As an added bonus State Senator Dave Hansen will introduce Russ!!

Join DPDC members to hear Hansen and Feingold together in Door County!

DATE:         Saturday, August 29th, 2015             TIME:  serving begins at 5:00 pm

Pavilion at Sawyer Park

LOCATION:       The Pavilion At Sawyer Park, Sturgeon Bay, (southwest end of Oregon Street Bridge)



FEATURED SPEAKER:   Russ Feingold  Candidate and Former U. S. Senator

Wis. Sen.Dave Hansen and DPDC Chair Garrett Cohn

Wis. Sen.Dave Hansen and DPDC Chair Garrett Cohn

Introduced by Dave Hansen – current Wisconsin State Senator

ADMISSION:   by ticket only

Adult Admission $7.00, Child Admission (3 thru 12) $2.00.  Seating is limited – capacity attendance expected. Order early to ensure admission.

DPDC provides hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips,condiments and soft drinks. Picnickers provide one dish to pass per family of either salad, side dish, or desert.

July 23rd – IMPORTANT DPDC MEETING — Martha Laning — State Chair

July General Meeting is a first for DPDC!

martha laningNew Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin , Martha Laning, is coming to share her vision of what is on the horizon for Door County and Wisconsin’s Democrats.

It is important you hear her inclusive leadership plans for:

  • Improved messaging
  • County Party Grant initiatives, and
  • Midterm election reforms.


Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Time:  7:00 pm,

Where:  Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave, Jane Green Room, upper level


Russ Feingold

Russ Feingold


DoorDems Picnic with Russ Feingold

Coming Saturday August 29th. Save the Date.

On-line tickets available soon.  Watch for it.



June Monthly Meeting Features Two Speakers

Program: Health Care and 2015 State Convention

Where: Sturgeon Bay Library, Jane Green room, upper level

When: Thursday, June 25, 7:00 pm

This month’s program features two speakers and two disparate topics.

Maryann Zjala, member to DPDC’s Executive Board will give an overview of her 55 years in health industry and how it works now and then.

Mimi Dobbins, Chair of Kewaunee County Democratic Party, will report on DPW State Convention where she was one of 1200 attendees and heard address by featured speakers of our next two monthly meetings.

Russ Feingold martha laningMartha Laning, newly elected chair of Democratic Party of Wisconsin, will introduce herself to our July 23 Monthly Meeting.

Its official, Russ Feingold we be the featured speaker at our annual picnic, Saturday August 29th. Details coming soon.

Mike McCabe Speaks May 28th

BlueJeans vertlFeatured speaker at 6th Annual Thomas Paine “Common Sense” Dinner, McCabe is a much sought-after public speaker to a wide range of audiences including LWV, Rotary, Dems, etc.  Garrett Cohn reports that, at the recent 8th CD Convention, each County Chair spoke highly of McCabe.  His resume includes a farming background and a professional lifetime of experience in politics, journalism, public sector management and nonprofit leadership.  He served as executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a non-partisan watchdog group.  And he is the author of the acclaimed book “Blue Jeans in High Places”.  Reservations are required by May 21.  Send your check for $27.50/person to John Franz, PO Box 618, Sister Bay, WI 54234.  After May 21, $35/person (limited availability).

For complete details of the event click here.

Thursday’s surprise speaker: Penny Bernard Schaber

Penny Bernard Schaber

Penny Bernard Schaber

It’s a pleasant surprise.  

Former Assemblywoman Penny Bernard Schaber will kick off DPDC’s April monthly meeting on the member forum topic “WHY DON’T DEMOCRATS WIN ELECTIONS?”  

She will share insights based on her experience in both winning and losing campaigns.  

Meeting begins 7:00pm Thursday 23 April at Sturgeon Bay Library, upper level, Jane Green Room.  Meeting is open to all friends and members of the Democratic Party of Door County.


Door County Democrats helped elect

President Obama and Senator Tammy Baldwin, BUT . . .

In 2010-2014 elections Door County Democrats lost

  • 3 Governor races
  • 1 Senate race
  • 3 state Assembly races
  • 2 state Senate races
  • 3 Congressional races
public discourse

Democratic Discourse

Republican winners have served our county poorly. We must turn this trend around! To do so, requires we determine WHY we are losing and HOW we can win!

Our April membership meeting will be a Members Forum. Together, we will brainstorm the subject “Why don’t Democrats Win Elections in Door County”.

Come and join the discussion that will form a basis for refining our Strategic Planning in preparation for the 2016 election. Aren’t you tired of the Republican’s record? Your input is crucial.

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 7:00 pm

WHERE: Sturgeon Bay Library, upper level

WHO: Members and Friends of DPDC