Welcome to Oneida County Clean Waters Action

Exploring the issues that affect our rivers and lakes


OCCWA advocates responsible representation at the local and state government levels for protecting our greatest in the Northwoods: our pristine waters, wetlands, forests and clean air.

This OCCWA website serves as your resource for news about environmental issues that impact Oneida County in northern Wisconsin.​​

 Thank you, Oneida County Citizens, for defeating the Referendum Question of Nov. 6, 2018, by an impressive 62 percent!

You were asked by the Oneida County Board of Supervisors this question

on the ballot: 

After performing their due diligence, should Oneida County allow leasing of County owned lands in the Town of Lynne for the purpose of metallic mineral exploration, prospecting, bulk sampling and mining?....And the voters said: No, the County should not!

For more information, check out our page dedicated to the Lynne Mineral Site.

Explore the issues

Citizens speak out at Public Hearing

The Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension Education Committee held a public hearing on June 5, 2019, on the committee's draft of the Land and Water Resource Management Plan for 2020-2029. Read the comments made by the public. 

The Draft can be read as a PDF here.

Environmentalists Speak Out About Mining Catastrophes

Here or abroad, mining accidents are always a disaster. Al Gedicks rebuts the Natural Resources Development Association director for criticizing environmentalists who talk about catastrophic mining accidents that have occurred in other countries.

Read the article


Vilas County judge returns bottling company's law suit over water use at Carlin Lake back to the Board of Adjustment for further reconsideration.

Read the article


Wisconsin could face a mining disaster:

Mining company's proposed tailings dam could cause massive pollution of Lake Michigan

Read the article


The State prohibits filling in dry lake beds, for a good reason:

Like the lake beds at the Lynne Mineral site, in wet years they become really wet lakes.

Read the article


The Colorado Gold King sulfide mine spilled 3 million gallons of wastewater into the Animas and San Juan Rivers in  2015.

Is sulfide mining really safe? This short video produced by the Wisconsin River Alliance may help you decide whether it's right or not for your community.






Protect the Willow

Learn how you can help keep sulfide mining out of Learn how you can help keep sulfide mining out of our Northwoods and clean rivers and lakes.

Visit the website Protect the Willow, and visit "Protect the Willow" on Facebook.

Wisconsin's Sacred Public Trust Doctrine

Waterway Protection

Wisconsin's Waters Belong to Everyone
Wisconsin  lakes and rivers are public resources, owned in common by all Wisconsin  citizens under the state's Public Trust Doctrine. Based on the state  constitution, this doctrine has been further defined by case law and  statute. It declares that all navigable waters are "common highways and  forever free", and held in trust by the Department of Natural Resources.

Assures Public Rights in Waters
Wisconsin  citizens have pursued legal and legislative action to clarify or change  how this body of law is interpreted and implemented. Go to the Wisconsin Department of Resources website to watch videos on how individual Wisconsinites have benefited from these efforts.