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2/8/2017: Budget Acknowledges Water Crisis, Will it Deliver Solutions?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
CONTACT: Ryan Billingham, Communications Director, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, 608- 208-1129 or ryan@conservationvoters.org

Walker’s Biennial Budget Acknowledges Wisconsin’s Drinking Water Crisis;
Detailed Analysis Needed to Determine Whether Governor Walks the Talk

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker’s 2017-19 state budget acknowledges Wisconsin’s drinking water crisis and the failure of previous budgets to address it sufficiently.

“The acknowledgment that Wisconsin is facing a drinking water crisis is important,” Executive Director Kerry Schumann said. “Budget items such as increased funding for county conservation staff and giving more resources to communities for clean water infrastructure clearly indicate the realization that Wisconsin’s drinking water needs greater protection.”

However, Schumann said, to properly address the growing crisis Walker and the legislature must fully fund clean water enforcement staff, provide immediate relief to people whose water is not safe to drink, and give citizens a complete, transparent accounting of their water quality.

“Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters will work with citizens and legislators across the state to make sure the final budget accomplishes those goals,” Schumann said.

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Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing conservation leaders, holding decision makers accountable, and encouraging lawmakers to champion conservation policies that effectively protect Wisconsin’s public health and natural resources.