Oppose “Death By A Thousand Straws” Wisconsin Senate Bill 76

by Free Speech on March 28, 2017

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Week of March 27, 2017
2017- 2018 Legislative Session

Oppose SB 76: Death by a Thousand Straws

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 76, which is before the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform on Tuesday.

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 would limit the ability of the DNR to address groundwater overpumping 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.

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 Tuesday.  

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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