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Conservation NOW: April 3, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

  • Oppose SB 76: Death by a Thousand Straws
  • Oppose AB 109: Undermining Dane County Zoning — Again​
  • Oppose SB 144: Watering Down Renewable Energy Credits

Oppose SB 76: Death by a Thousand Straws

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 76, which is before the full Senate on Tuesday.

All water is connected. When groundwater is depleted, all water users — businesses, municipalities, farmers, anglers, boaters, waterfront property owners, and more — pay the price. SB 76 would limit the ability of the DNR to address groundwater overpumping in critical areas by granting “forever” permits for high capacity wells that are tied to the land. This prevents regular reviews by the DNR of on-the-ground conditions as they change. As a result, this bill will make it more difficult for local communities to address serious groundwater over pumping problems that lead to lakes, rivers, and drinking water wells drying up.

Oppose AB 109: Undermining Dane County Zoning — Again

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 109, which is before the full Assembly on Tuesday.

Poorly planned development can result in significant run-off pollution, loss of recreational areas, and impaired wildlife habitat. Once an area is developed, it is impossible to undo the unintended consequences of poor planning. AB 109 is a follow-up bill to last session’s Act 178, which undermined Dane County’s well-planned communities by allowing town governments to opt out of county zoning. This legislation, which only applies to Dane County, is another example of the state legislature arbitrarily undermining the ability to create well-designed communities.

Oppose SB 144: Watering Down Renewable Energy Credits

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 144, which is before Senate Committee on Elections and Utilities on Wednesday.

Wisconsin should increase the amount of renewable energy in our state to reduce air and water quality pollution from burning fossil fuels. Currently the state is meeting its ten percent renewable energy goal that was established in 2005. Wisconsin was one of the lowest percentage targets in the Midwest. SB 144 continues to water down the effectiveness of our Renewable Energy Portfolio by expanding the number of energy technologies that count towards it without increasing the overall percentage. As a result, there is likely to be even less incentive for Wisconsin to decrease its fossil fuel use and transition to cleaner energy sources.

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