Don’t Build Houses on Precious Wetlands

Waubesa Wetlands

Target: Mayor of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, Shawn Pfaff

Goal: Stop development of coveted wetlands crucial for water quality and plant and wildlife habitats

A development agency seeks to destroy precious wetlands to prep the area for residential and commercial development. The area in question is a crucial wetland habitat for wildlife as well as an important location for water recharge. The company’s first step is constructing a regional sewer system. Action must be taken now to prevent this concrete jungle and maintain and preserve this rich ecological area known as Wisconsin’s Waubesa Wetlands.

The Wisconsin town of Fitchburg is proposing a development project known as the “Northeast Neighborhood,” an 800-acre tract of forest wetland and farmland. The regional planning administration, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC), wants to overturn the land to Urban Service Area. The project is facing a huge uproar from local citizens and environmentalists who seek to preserve this ecologically sensitive yet biologically diverse area. Protected by the Nature Conservancy and designated as a state natural area by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Waubesa Wetlands will be destroyed and will ultimately be a poor place for development because it is extremely prone to flooding. If the development project goes through, Lake Waubesa and the surrounding area will be at risk of degradation and increased sedimentation.

With more concrete decreasing the amount of permeable soil, water will have nowhere to go. Future residents in the area will suffer from flooding. Wetlands are nature’s flood control by acting as storm runoff buffers, absorbing excess water and nutrient pollution. The Waubesa Wetlands are home to a variety of diverse plants, which function as crucial components of the area’s ecology. Various birds rely on the wetlands and its vegetation for a healthy habitat.

By signing this petition, you are urging the Mayor of Fitchburg to deny access to this precious wetland for the purpose of development. Water quality, wildlife habitat, and wetland preservation depend on it.


Dear Mayor Pfaff,

The Waubesa Wetland is an ecologically sensitive area, providing a rich habitat for local plant species and numerous bird varieties. The wetlands serve as nature’s flood control by absorbing excess water and nutrients. However, these wetlands are in danger of development by the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission.

Development in the area will cause more harm than good. Concrete does not provide a permeable surface for excess storm runoff. Since the area is known for flooding, future residents will suffer water damage in their homes. Lake Waubesa will experience increased sedimentation and degradation.

Waubesa Wetland should be preserved and remain untouched from destructive development. Please take action to deny the request to develop this precious land.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Joshua Mayer via Flickr

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