Restore Property Rights For Waterfront Property Owners

PROTECT OUR PIERS AND PUT A STOP TO DISAPPEARING DOCKS

For more than 140 years, all Wisconsin waterfront property owners had the right to place a pier to enjoy the Badger State’s wonderful waterways.

A decision by the Wisconsin courts have taken that right away for those who live on flowages. With that decision, landowners and small businesses, which invested thousands of dollars on their waterfronts to improve and enhance their property, are on the verge of losing the right to place any pier along the water’s edge — just because someone else may own the ground under a man-made lake.

Don’t let this power grab happen to others. It is time to protect our piers and put a stop to disappearing docks throughout Wisconsin.

The Legislature is now attempting to permanently protect pier rights for ALL waterfront property owners, including those who live on the 260 flowages throughout Wisconsin. This legislation will preserve the property rights of ALL waterfront property owners, by protecting their piers and keeping their docks from disappearing.

This proposed common-sense legislation falls in line with Wisconsin’s rich tradition of property rights.

Legislation

Senate Bill 46 / Assembly Bill 37