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Conservation NOW: March 6, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

  • Support SB 48: Leading on Lead
  • Oppose AB 109: Undermining Dane County Zoning — Again

Support SB 48: Leading on Lead

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support SB 48, which is before the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on Wednesday.

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. SB 48 would allow local communities to provide greater financial assistance to homeowners replacing lead pipes in their homes.

Oppose AB 109: Undermining Dane County Zoning — Again

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 109, which is before the Assembly Committee on Local Government on Wednesday.

Poorly planned development can result in significant run-off pollution, loss of recreational areas, and impaired wildlife habitat. Once an area is developed, it is impossible to undo the unintended consequences of poor planning. AB 109 is a follow-up bill to last session’s Act 178, which undermined Dane County’s well-planned communities by allowing town governments to opt out of county zoning. This legislation, which only applies to Dane County, is another example of the state legislature arbitrarily undermining the ability to create well-designed communities.

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