WDPC Meeting

WDPC meeting next Tuesday 19 June 6:30pm at GrandStay Hotel in Mt Horeb. Please join us!

The Bindlestiffs in Concert!


An unnecessary transmission line threatens our unique landscape, as well as our environment and local economy. Western Dane Preservation Campaign is a local, grassroots group which is fighting to retain our precious resources. This concert is a perfect way to help fund the organization’s work, while enjoying a great evening of entertainment.

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Cardinal-Hickory Creek Public Information meeting

Driftless Defenders will hold a Public Information Meeting about the proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line on Friday, June 8, 7 p.m., Dodger Bowl, 321 King Street, Dodgeville.  Speaker will be Howard Learner, Executive Director of Environmental Law and Policy Center, the midwest’s premier environmental legal advocacy organization that has been hired by Driftless Area Land Conservancy to provide legal counsel.  He will update us about upcoming proceedings before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (WPSC) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and advise us how we can help.  Come with your questions since ample time will be allowed for Q&A.  More information at DriftlessDefenders.com.


GrandStay® Hotel & Suites
175 Lillehammer Lane, Mount Horeb

Join WDPC to Stop the CHC Line and Preserve Western Dane County! WDPC is a non-profit group formed by area citizens to stop construction of the un-needed and destructive high-voltage Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line that American Transmission Co. proposes to run from Middleton, WI to Dubuque, Iowa. WDPC is working to stop the CHC line by proving: lack of need, its direct environmental hazards, and its detrimental economic impact to our communities. The for-profit utility companies who propose this line, ATC, ITC, and Dairyland Power, are guaranteed more than 10% profit on their investment! They make money by putting poles in the ground. The 10% profit is paid by us! Rate payers will see an increase on their utility bills. We will pay for this un-needed line, and receive little or no benefit from it.

Your Property Value Affected

Last Tuesday night, May 1st, Kurt Kielisch spoke to a group of over 100 people gathered in Mt Horeb to learn how the proposed transmission line would effect property values.  Kurt is a nationally known forensic appraiser who helps people with eminent domain issues.  He’s been an expert witness in transmission line right of way cases.  From his presentation we learned how land is valued; the various negative effects of having a transmission line go through your property; and our rights as landowners.  His entire presentation can be viewed on You Tube by clicking on the link below.  This event was sponsored by Driftless Defenders, Western Dane Preservation Campaign, and Driftless Area Land Conservancy.
https://youtu.be/fWIrGH0YzUA Video from meeting

Mt Horeb Mixpo event

A great spinoff to May 1sts NO CHC meeting in Mount Horeb was an invitation from Brenda Schmidt to set up our information table at Mixpo.  She thought CHC would get good exposure since it is a local trade show that attracts a mix of people.  Brenda graciously made the arrangements, paid the registration fee, and volunteered to help Deb Eide and me staff the table Thursday night.
We talked to a lot of people, including two women who are adamantly in favor of the lines.  One believed steadfastly that there is a need and feared her air conditioner would not run all day without the new lines.  The other likewise believed there is a need, based on information from her husband who works for MG&E, and her son repairs poles for ATC.  It was good–albeit challenging–to be reminded that not everyone agrees with us and that we need to attend events where we can preach to more than the choir.

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NO CHC Meeting notes

Hello Driftless Defenders,

Driftless Defenders, Western Dane Preservation Campaign, and Driftless Area Land Conservancy collaborated on the May 1st meeting in Mount Horeb and scored a home run by making the Madison evening news, both on channel 3 and 15!

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No CHC Coalition Event

Home Value Alert

Proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line
Threatens Mount Horeb area property values

Come hear the real story

Appraiser Kurt Kielisch is an expert in the effect of power lines on real estate values. He will speak about the potential effect in our area.

A short documentary film on local property values also will be shown. The film demonstrates the proposed line’s potentially devastating damage through property owner interviews.

Learn more at a community meeting

7 p.m. – May 1, 2018 – Mount Horeb Community Center

For more information, visit www.WDPC202.com.

This community meeting is sponsored by the Western Dane Preservation Campaign (Mount Horeb area), Driftless Defenders, and the Driftless Area Land Conservancy

Western Dane Preservation Campaign meeting

Please join us 17 April 6:30 pm for the next Western Dane Preservation Campaign meeting at the GrandStay Hotel in Mt Horeb. If you have agenda items to discuss, please let Kerry know – kerry.beheler@gmail.com

Invite your friends, neighbors, and those you meet on the street!

Messaging and awareness are key to stopping the CHC.

Inter-Municipal Energy Planning Committee [IMEPC] Meeting

TUES., April 17, 1:00 PM

Join us in person as the representatives from the Towns of Arena, Clyde. Wyoming (Iowa Co,);  Lima  (Grant Co.); Belmont (Lafayette Co.); Stark [Vernon Co.] and Vermont (Dane Co.)  discussion measures to affect Wisconsin energy planning  and effective responses to the Cardinal Hickory Creek Transmission proposal.  Membership in the Inter-Municipal Energy Planning Committee [IMEPC] is open to all county and municipal governments as well as (non-voting participation) of organizations involved with energy planning. Visitors are welcome.


Contact Chair, Karen Carlock for more information. chair@townofvermont.com