Oppose SB 239: Death by a Thousand Straws
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 239, which is before the Senate Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism Committee on Wednesday.
All water is connected. When groundwater is depleted, all water users – businesses, municipalities, farmers, fishermen, boaters, waterfront property owners, and more – pay the price. SB 239 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 overpumping problems that lead to lakes, rivers, and drinking water wells drying up.
Oppose LRB 2924: Eliminating Incentives for Clean Energy Schools
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose LRB 2924, which is circulating for co-sponsorship.
Energy represents a significant portion of a school district’s controllable costs. Investing in energy efficiency efforts help to dramatically reduce energy expenditures. Current law allows a school district to increase its revenue limit by the amount the district spends on an energy efficiency project in a school year. LRB 2924 would eliminate this popular provision. As a result, schools will be forced to spend more money on energy costs or maintenance rather than on direct educational expenses. Relying on inefficient energy systems also means that more pollution from fossil fuels will be needed, contributing to increased asthma attacks and mercury in our fish.