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Conservation NOW: February 19, 2018

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES

Oppose AB 547: Dropping State Protections for Wetlands

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 547, which is before the full Senate on Tuesday.

Wetlands provide critical protections for our water by filtering out pollution that runs off farm fields and urban development. Additionally, it is critical habitat for sustaining wildlife. AB 547 would remove protections for close to half a million acres of wetlands in Wisconsin, allowing them to be filled in for development. This could lead to increased flooding in our communities as well as decreased water quality.

Oppose SB 466: Hiding the Evidence of Air Pollution

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 466, which is before the full Senate on Tuesday.

Wisconsinites deserve to breathe clean air. Unsafe levels of pollution can cause premature death for those with existing respiratory and pulmonary health conditions. Long-term exposure to unsafe levels of pollution can permanently damage the lungs and hearts of children. When unsafe levels of pollution are recorded, Wisconsin is required to develop plans to reduce all sources of air pollution in the area. SB 466 would prohibit the DNR from including the air monitoring site located at Kohler-Andrae State Park in the air quality data submitted to EPA because it shows unhealthy level of pollution in Sheboygan County. By hiding the evidence of unhealthy air pollution, this bill would attempt to artificially show compliance with federal Clean Air Act Standards and thus allow for more pollution in the area.

Support AB 881: The Water Pollution Notification Act

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support AB 881, which is before the Assembly Committee on the Environment and Forestry on Monday and Tuesday.

The ability to turn on your tap and know that the water you drink is safe is the right of every Wisconsin family. Approximately 1.7 million people in Wisconsin depend on private wells for their drinking water and are on their own when it comes to testing their wells for pollutants. AB 881 would require the Department of Natural Resources to notify private well owners and municipalities when water pollution permit conditions are exceeded. The DNR must do so within 24 hours if there is an immediate health risk to drinking water.

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