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Conservation NOW: March 13, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

  • Oppose SB 76 & AB 105: Death by a Thousand Straws
  • Support LRB 1987/2496: Save Our Lakes
  • Support LRB 1819/2491: Getting Lead Out of Our Schools
  • Support LRB 2171/2378: Helping Private Well Owners Replace Contaminated Wells
  • Oppose LRB 0318/2348: Watering Down Renewable Energy Credits

Oppose SB 76 & AB 105: Death by a Thousand Straws

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 76 & AB 105, which are before the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform and the Assembly Committee on Agriculture on Wednesday.

All water is connected. When groundwater is depleted, all water users — businesses, municipalities, farmers, anglers, boaters, waterfront property owners, and more — pay the price. SB 76 & AB 105 would limit the ability of the DNR to address groundwater over pumping in critical areas by granting “forever” permits for high capacity wells that are tied to the land. This prevents regular reviews by the DNR of on-the-ground conditions as they change. As a result, this bill will make it more difficult for local communities to address serious groundwater over pumping problems that lead to lakes, rivers, and drinking water wells drying up.

Support LRB 1987/2496: Save Our Lakes

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support LRB 1987/2496, which are circulating for co-sponsorship.

The passage of 2013 Wisconsin Act 1 opened up the possibility that mining companies could obtain authorization from the DNR to mine lakebeds situated close to or over mineral deposits. Such activities would significantly impact families who enjoy these lakes for recreation, drastically reduce property values, and irreparably harm businesses that rely on tourism revenue. LRB 1987/2496 would protect the lakebeds in Wisconsin lakes, flowages, and reservoirs by prohibiting these waterbodies from being destroyed, drained, or filled in by mining activities.

Support LRB 1819/2491: Getting Lead Out of Our Schools

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support LRB 1819/2491, which are circulating for co-sponsorship.

Children with even low levels of lead in their blood can suffer profound and permanent health problems including damage to brain development. Young children in schools can be exposed to lead-infested water from lead pipes and fixtures within the school. Many school districts are facing difficulties in covering the costs of removing lead pipes under current budget restraints. LRB 1819/2491 would allow a school district to raise its revenue limits by the amount needed to cover the cost of replacing lead pipes in their school buildings.

Support LRB 2171/2378: Helping Private Well Owners Replace Contaminated Wells

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support LRB 2171/2378, which are circulating for co-sponsorship.

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. LRB 2171/2378 make it easier for more households to replace the costs of their contaminated wells or failing on-site wastewater treatment 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 LRB 0318/2348: Watering Down Renewable Energy Credits

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose LRB 0318/2348, which are circulating for co-sponsorship.

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 ten percent renewable energy goal that was established in 2005. Wisconsin was one of the lowest percentage targets in the Midwest. LRB 0318/2348 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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