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Conservation NOW: June 21, 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 Assembly on Wednesday.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a transmissible disease that causes the spongy degeneration in 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 arbitrarily prohibit the current ban on feeding animals in counties with known CWD cases, thereby increasing the likelihood that CWD will continue to spread.

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 full Assembly 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.

Oppose SB 144: Watering Down Renewable Energy Credits

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 144, which is before the full Assembly 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 10 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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