With no public notice, the Joint Finance Committee adopted Motion #375 into the state budget on Tuesday, May 21st. The amendment prohibits a citizen from challenging an application for a new high capacity well, even if the state has not considered the cumulative environmental impacts of other high capacity wells.
If the language of Motion #375 is included in the final budget, it will have far-reaching implications for Wisconsin, including our multi-billion dollar tourism and outdoor recreation industries. Depleted groundwater levels translate directly to low lake levels, barely-flowing rivers, and dry wetlands. Well-managed groundwater resources are absolutely vital to the fishing, hunting, boating and other recreational activities that are at the heart of Wisconsin’s $13 billion tourism industry.
“This is a huge gift to the frac sand mining industry, open-pit mining companies, and factory farms. For the rest of us who depend on fresh, plentiful water for our homes, communities, and businesses, it’s a slap in the face,” said Anne Sayers, Program Director for Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is joining the growing list of organizations and individuals statewide in asking legislators to remove the language contained in Motion #375 from the budget.
“A change this significant to a resource that impacts our economy, our health, and our recreational opportunities has no place in the state budget. Legislators need to protect our groundwater for future generations and remove this policy provision from the state budget,” Sayers concluded.
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