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Conservation NOW: January 16, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

  • Support LRB 1902/1 & 1170/1: Water Sustainability Act
  • Support LRB 1086/1: Creating a Clean and Renewable Energy Task Force
  • Support LRB 0138: Re-establishing an Independent DNR Secretary

Support LRB 1902/1 & 1170/1: Water Sustainability Act

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support LRB 1902/1 & 1170/1, which are currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

All water is connected. When groundwater is depleted, all water users ā€“ from businesses to municipalities, from farmers to anglers ā€“ pay the price. Citizens across Wisconsin are already experiencing the impacts of diminishing groundwater levels. LRB 1902/1 & 1170/1 create a mechanism to identify areas where water withdrawals are not sustainable, and they create systems for the development and deployment of a science-based plan to bring those withdrawals back in balance.

Support LRB 1086/1: Creating a Clean and Renewable Energy Task Force

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support LRB 1086/1, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

Energy use in Wisconsin is currently environmentally and economically unsustainable. Over-reliance on fossil fuels pollutes our air and water, threatens public health, and contributes to climate change. Wisconsin is in a unique position to harness homegrown clean energy solutions that will address climate change, provide energy independence, create jobs, and strengthen the economy. LRB 1086/1 would create a task force to collaborate with stakeholders including the utilities, scientific experts, innovative businesses, building trades representatives, and local communities. This task force would use testimony from these groups to understand how our state can control energy costs and grow Wisconsin jobs.

Support LRB 0138: Re-establishing an Independent DNR Secretary

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support LRB 0138, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

Protecting public health and natural resources should be based on sound science. LRB 0138 would restore integrity to natural resource management by allowing the Natural Resources Board to select the DNR secretary. Currently, the position is a political appointment made by the governor.

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