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Protecting Public Access to Waterways & Waterfronts

April 16, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Virginia Small, Journalist and Environmental Researcher.

We will discuss Wisconsin’s “Public Trust Doctrine,” which is fundamental to our water commons. Enshrined in the state’s constitution, it legally protects public access to all “navigable” waterways, as well as all land that was formerly submerged. It has been crucial to the development of Milwaukee’s extraordinary miles-long public lakefront and to the creation of Milwaukee’s Riverwalk. Learn more about the role of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources and citizen advocacy in upholding this doctrine.   Host:  Jo Ann Bachar

In-Person or Online at 10:00!

In-Person: In Max Otto Hall.

Online: Watch the livestream at 10:00 or a later time at our YouTube channel  You will not be able to ask questions.

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

For over 50 years, the Sunday Forum lecture series has showcased provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education, and more. The Sunday Forum is held at 10:00 a.m. September through May. Speakers give a 45-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience. The content of Forum lectures does not necessarily express the viewpoint of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, but are meant to offer thoughtful topics which our members often pursue further on their own.


April 16, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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