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Conservation NOW: June 6, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

Support SB 168: Helping Owners Replace Private Contaminated Wells and Septic Systems

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support SB 168, which is before the Senate Natural Resources and Energy 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. SB 168 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.

Support AB 328 & SB 225: Expanding Family Time to Hunt

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support AB 328 & SB 225, which are before the Assembly Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage Committee and the Senate Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry Committee 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. AB 328 & 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.

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