The Wisconsin Constitution's language and principles in Article IX about the primacy of public interest rights to water, its uses and water's relationship to natural beauty preservation predate statehood.
Article IX's wording and subsequent interpretations of rights are that basic to Wisconsin, as we know and inherited it.
Scott Walker and the Legislature need to familiarize themselves with the Public Trust Doctrine, even though the title of these rights is a mouthful, as they push a special-interest mining bill that is guaranteed, and needs, to fail.
Read about Article IX, as state legislative experts explain it.
Where are the constitutionalists at the State Capitol these days? At some mining soiree?