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Conservation NOW: June 13, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

Oppose SB 68: Spreading Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 68, which is before the full Senate on Wednesday.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a transmissible disease that causes the spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals, including wild deer, elk, and moose. Currently, 43 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties have had cases of CWD.  SB 68 would prohibit the ban of feeding animals in counties with known CWD cases after an artificial timeline has been observed, thereby increasing the likelihood that CWD will continue to spread in the wild deer herd.

Support SB 225: Expanding Family Time to Hunt

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support SB 225, which is before the full Senate on Wednesday.

Hunting is an important conservation tradition in Wisconsin, often spanning generations in families. Currently, the hunting seasons for fisher, grey partridge, pheasant, and wild turkey end one week before the end of the bowhunting season – the Sunday nearest Jan. 6th. SB 225 would align the hunting seasons for fisher, grey partridge, pheasant, and wild turkey with the end of bowhunting season to facilitate more time for families to hunt during the holidays. Seventy-one counties voted in favor of the shift at the spring Conservation Congress hearings.

Oppose AB 42: Undermining the Public Benefits of Rule Making

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 42 which is before the full Assembly on Wednesday.

Wisconsin citizens depend on regulations spread out over state agencies to ensure protection of our public health and natural resources. AB 42 prohibits an agency from implementing a rule that has an arbitrary compliance cost of $10 million over any two-year period without any regard for the estimated savings due to increased public health, natural resource protection, or quality of life.  The economic analysis of the rule can be made by a private entity with a financial benefit to not having the rule implemented. It is an overreach of the legislature to continue to micro-manage technical agency rules.

Support AB 78: Leading on Lead

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support AB 78, which is before the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities on Tuesday.

Wisconsinites have a right to safe, lead-free drinking water. Currently, water utilities have little flexibility to help homeowners replace lead pipes in their homes and on their property. Children with even low levels of lead in their blood can suffer profound and permanent health problems including damage to brain development. AB 78 would allow local communities to provide greater financial assistance to homeowners replacing lead pipes in their homes.

Support AB 226: Helping Owners Replace Private Contaminated Wells and Septic Systems

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support AB 226, which is before the Assembly Environment and Forestry Committee on Wednesday.

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 226 makes it easier for more households to replace the costs of their contaminated wells or failing septic systems by allowing local governments to provide low-cost or no-cost loans to replace these wells and systems. It also increases the maximum grant amount under the state’s well compensation grant program to $12,000.

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