Making Democracy Work

Because democracy is not a spectator sport

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area is now on Facebook! Visit our page at If you have a Facebook account and want to receive notifications when the page is updated, click the "Like" button, and you will be automatically subscribed.

Past Lunch and Learn Information: Whitewater Watershed Project

Clear and crisp on the 10th, so was the November noon presentation. At the Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, Sheila Harmes, project coordinator of Whitewater Watershed Organization described this pioneering pilot project, one of four such in Minnesota. Working closely with farmers in Whitewater River area, despite the difficulties of scheduling and coordinating activities of busy, weather-dependent farmers, the project demonstrates how cooperative competition and desire to leave a meaningful legacy can achieve measurable change in the landscape and the river running through it without eroding productivity.

Whitewater Watershed was named a pilot project area for new water quality program as one of four Minnesota watersheds selected. This voluntary program is the result of local, state and federal partnerships and recognizes the efforts of local producers. The program is designed to accelerate voluntary adoption of agricultural practices that enhance water quality, while maintaining Minnesota's productive agricultural economy. Under the certification program, farmers who implement and maintain approved conservation plans will be certified and in turn assured that their operations meet water quality goals and standards for 10 years. Check out the organizations work at and a related book recommendation from the presentation: Barnyards and Birkenstocks: Why Farmers and Environmentalists Need Each Other by Don Stuart.

LWVLA has joined in the Upper Mississippi ILO effort to promote improvement and maintenance of water quality in our area and downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. LWV policy thinks globally, works out locally.

Voter Services Committee

Interested in Voting Issues? Want to become active in educating the public about Voter Registration or Voter ID requirements? The Voter Services committee is active in providing these opportunities to the public. If interested in joining, contact Nancy Danou, chairperson,

Become a Special Registration Deputy (SRD)

SRDs are needed! If interested in becoming certified to help register prospective voters, you must be trained and sworn in. Contact Teri Lehrke, City of La Crosse Municipal Clerk, at 608.789.7510 for information on the next training session.

LWV/Upper Mississippi River Region Inter League Organization

Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota Leagues have joined in forming a single group to study and educate the public about Mississippi watershed water issues. Early focus of the group will be on contaminants to the River. Nancy Hill is our representative and Gretchen Benjamin is on the board. If interested, contact the League, Nancy or Gretchen.

EcoMunicipality Issues

A good website for anyone interested in what is happening in the La Crosse area is


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