Northwest Waters Policies & Resolutions

NWWC Board Policies & Resolutions

NWWC Policy on Director E-mail Communications      DRAFT  This has not been approved as policy to date.


In order for the NWWC to function effectively, e-mail has been chosen as a means of communication. In some cases a motion may come to a vote via e-mail. Therefore it is of utmost importance that each NWWC Director be responsible for timely reading of all NWWC e-mail messages and, when called for, a quick reply. The following NWWC policy will help clarify how Directors are expected to handle both incoming and outgoing NWWC e-mail messages:



  1. If the subject bar includes the term FYI, then this message is intended for information only and no reply is expected. Feel free to voice your opinion but understand that others may not reply.
  2. If the subject bar includes the words REPLY REQUESTED, each Director is expected to respond, even if your response is just ‘got it’ or ‘thank you’, etc. This will let the sender know that you have seen the message.  Often, a REPLY REQUESTED message may help determine future decisions. Directors are encouraged to offer opinions.
  3. The subject line will include the words ACTION ITEM, REPLY NECESSARY when a motion is on the floor and needs a second or when a motion needs to be voted upon. This may also be used when the President wishes to poll the Board of Directors on an item of importance.
  4. Please respond to items headed IMMEDIATE REPLY REQUESTED as soon as possible. This term will be reserved only for issues of great concern that are very time sensitive and in need of immediate action by the NWWC.




Directors who neglect to respond to items 2, 3 or 4 above may receive a friendly reminder by phone from the President or his designee. To avoid the need for this, Directors are asked to offer a prompt reply to these messages at their very earliest convenience.


Any Director who expects to be beyond the reach of e-mail should appoint an alternate to receive and reply to messages until such time as the Director can resume this responsibility. Be sure to inform the President and the Secretary of such appointment.


Finally, Directors are encouraged to allow the President to determine whether issues need the attention of the entire Board.  To do this, contact the President with your concern or idea by phone, e-mail or in person.


Policy adopted or rejected by a vote of _____ yea to _____nay on May _____, 2009

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Whereas the State of Wisconsin contains over over 15,000 lakes, and many miles of streams and rivers, and


Whereas these waterways provide wildlife habitat and human recreational opportunities, and


Whereas fishing and hunting is an important recreational and economic resource, and   


Whereas these waterways provide wildlife habitat for bald eagles, osprey, loons, waterfowl and an array of other aquatic birds, and


Whereas lead in the form of sinkers, jigs, and other types of terminal fishing tackle is now known to be lethal to ducks, loons, eagles, osprey, and other animals, and


Whereas lead fishing tackle ingestion is known to have injured or killed eagles, osprey, and loons in Northwest Wisconsin, and 


Whereas lead poisoning is responsible for up to 31% of loon deaths, and


Whereas many tackle companies are now producing non-lead containing sinkers and jigs, and


Whereas these lead-free products are available to local tackle supply stores throughout the State of Wisconsin, and


Whereas the States of Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine recognize this hazard and have passed laws banning certain types of lead fishing tackle. (New Hampshire has enacted a multi-step ban that will ban all fishing weights of less than one ounce by 2006. New York, Vermont, and Maine ban the sale of lead fishing weights weighing one-half ounce or less.) Legislation to ban certain sizes of lead sinkers in Michigan has moved to committee. The use of lead sinkers weighing less than 50 grams (1.76 ounce) is banned in Canadian national parks and national wildlife areas. In Great Britain no fishing weights made of lead may be used except those of 0.06 grams or less and those of more than 28.35 grams (from 0.002 ounce to 1 ounce are ban). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has banned the use of lead sinkers and jigs weighing less than 28.35 g (1 ounce) in three National Wildlife Refuges, has also moved to create lead-free areas at 13 additional wildlife refuges in nine states where loons and anglers coexist. Additionally, the U.S. National Parks Service, under the National Park Services Act, has banned the use of lead sinkers and jigs weighing less than 28.35 g (1 ounce) in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, and


Whereas the Northwest Wisconsin Waters Consortium seeks the preservation and health of all aquatic species for the enjoyment of the public, so


Therefore, it is resolved that the Northwest Wisconsin Waters Consortium requests the State of Wisconsin to adopt regulations that phase out the sale and use of toxic terminal tackle on the lakes, streams, and rivers of Wisconsin.  


Approved, unanimously on the 8th day of September, 2009 by the Northwest Wisconsin Waters Consortium Executive Committee at the Loon Café, Stone Lake, Wisconsin. 


Waldo Asp, President

Jim Brakken, Vice President

Craig Walkey, Secretary

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