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Conservation NOW: October 30, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

Support SB 48: Leading on Lead

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support SB 48, which is before the full Senate 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. SB 48 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 full Senate 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. 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.

Support SB 421: Clean Water Infrastructure in State Parks

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support SB 421, which is before the full Senate on Tuesday.

Many citizens enjoy our state parks and they are an important part of our state’s economy. Maintaining the facilities at our state parks improves visitor experience and decreases unintended water pollution issues. SB 421 would allow the DNR to used unobligated Stewardship funding from previous budgets to make necessary upgrades to the water infrastructure at state parks.

Oppose AB 499: Industrial Acid Mining Bill

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 499, which is before the Assembly Committee on Labor on Tuesday and the full Assembly on Thursday.

Sulfide mining is responsible for poisoning the environment with toxic waste like arsenic, mercury, and lead – dangerous carcinogens and neurotoxins. AB 499 eliminates Wisconsin’s Prove It First mining law that protects public health and natural resources by requiring mining companies to show a demonstrated track record on protecting water quality before being permitted. Given the long-term and guaranteed toxic nature of the waste generated by sulfide mining, it is critical we place a higher standard for demonstrating protection of our waters, not less.

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