Barish, Lawrence S.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / State of Wisconsin Blue Book
The executive branch, pp. -530 PDF (87.4 MB)
EXECUTIVE BRANCH: INTERSTATE AGENCIES 529 Agency Responsibility: The commission represents a joint effort by Wisconsin and Minnesota to conduct studies, develop recommendations, and coordinate government actions related to present and future protection, use, and development of the lands, river valleys, and waters that form the boundary between the 2 states. The commission provides field services and advisory recommendations to its sponsor states and serves as the management coordinator for the Upper and Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverways, which are segments of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Organization: Wisconsin's commission members serve staggered 5-year terms. Two commit- tees, a Legislative Advisory Committee composed of legislators and a Technical Advisory Com- mittee, assist the commission. History: The Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Area Commission was created by Chapter 274, Laws of 1965, to constitute Wisconsin's representation on the joint Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Area Commission. This legislation also ratified a boundary area compact between the 2 states. MISSISSIPPI RIVER PARKWAY COMMISSION Wisconsin Commission: EVAN ZANTOW (La Crosse County), chairperson; DONNA KREBSBACH (Buffalo County); ROBERT VALLEY (Crawford County); FRANCIS BUSH, vacancy (Grant County); COLLEEN HENNES (La Crosse County); GLEN MOLINE (Pepin County); Roy FINLEY (Pierce County); ROBERT RYDE (Trempealeau County); KEN BECK (Vernon County). Commission Secretary: RONALD R. FIEDLER (appointed by governor), 266-1113. Executive Secretary: THOMAS WALKER (designated by commission secretary), 266-1113. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7910, Madison 53707-7910. Location: Room 120B, Hill Farms State Transportation Building, 4802 Sheboygan Avenue. Telephone: (608) 266-1113. Statutory Reference: Section 14.85. Agency Responsibility: The Mississippi River Parkway Commission coordinates development of the Wisconsin portion of the Great River Road corridor along the Mississippi River in co- operation with similar commissions in other Mississippi River states and the Province of Onta- rio. It assists and advises state and local agencies about maintaining and enhancing the scenic, historic, economic, and recreational assets within the corridor. Organization: The commission consists of 10 members appointed by the county boards of the 8 Wisconsin counties that border the Mississippi River. The commission selects its chairperson. Wisconsin's voting representative at meetings of the interstate commission is the commission secretary or the secretary's designee. The commission secretary is appointed by the governor and is responsible for liaison with the governor, the legislature, and the state and interstate parkway commissions. History: The Wisconsin commission, part of the interstate Mississippi River Parkway Com- mission, was given statutory recognition by Chapter 482, Laws of 1961. It dates back to 1939 when Wisconsin Governor Julius P. Heil appointed a 10-member committee to cooperate with agencies from other Mississippi River states in planning the Great River Road. When com- pleted, this scenic route will extend from the Gulf of Mexico to the Mississippi River's headwa- ters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. North of Lake Itasca, the route connects with the Trans-Canada Highway. The Federal Aid Highway Acts of 1973, 1976, and 1978 provided Wisconsin approximately $21 million in categorical Great River Road funding. Although this federal funding is no longer available, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is continuing to improve the Great River Road. In addition, the U.S. Congress in 1989 enacted legislation requiring the governor of each of the 10 Mississippi River states to appoint a member of their respective Mississippi River parkway commissions to a commission that will recommend enhancement of the Mississippi River Road corridor and assess the feasibility of creating a Mississippi River National Heritage Corridor.
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