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Conservation NOW: February 5, 2018

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

Support AB 686: Helping to Protect Drinking Water from Private Wells

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support AB 686, which is before the Assembly Environment and Forestry Committee on Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection estimates that roughly one-in-five private wells in rural areas of our state have levels of agricultural pollution that make the water unsafe to drink. AB 686 makes it easier for more households to replace the costs of their contaminated wells by increasing the amount of annual family income that qualifies under the state’s well compensation grant program. In addition, the bill removes the requirement that the well must be used for livestock to qualify for the grant.

Oppose AB 384: Repealing Public Health and Natural Resources Protections

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 384, which is currently before the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform.

Wisconsin citizens depend on regulations spread out over state agencies to ensure protection of our public health and natural resources. These rules cover everything from the safety of our drinking water to wildlife management. AB 384 would allow the legislature to repeal whole codes of administrative rules. A repeal process could be initiated by a single legislator. This will create unnecessary confusion and leave us without any protections vested in those codes.

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