Conservation NOW: Week of September 23, 2013

 

Week of September 23, 2013
2013 – 2014 Legislative Session
This Week’s Notices:
  • Support AB 173:  Authorizing Trout Unlimited License Plates
  • Oppose SB 302: Sucking Wisconsin’s Groundwater Dry

Support AB 173:  Authorizing Trout Unlimited License Plates

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support AB 173, which is before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.

Trout Unlimited is a non-profit member organization whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.  Trout Unlimited’s volunteers work to restore the trout streams in Wisconsin that so many sportsmen and women enjoy.  Stream and wetland restoration also helps to protect Wisconsin’s drinking water for all citizens.  AB 173 would authorize a Wisconsin Trout Unlimited license plate that would allow supporters to pay an additional fee for the license plate. The additional money collected would be given to the organization to further its mission.

Oppose SB 302: Sucking Wisconsin’s Groundwater Dry
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 302, which is before the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday.
The waters of Wisconsin belong to the people of Wisconsin, and it the responsibility of the Department of Natural Resources to protect those water resources for all of us. The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently affirmed this obligation as it applies to groundwater as well as surface waters because the two are connected. To meet this obligation, the DNR must be able to assess how new high-capacity wells may draw down rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands in the area. SB 302 would prohibit the DNR from considering the cumulative impact of high-capacity wells throughout our state, thus undermining the DNR’s ability to protect our groundwater and surface waters on behalf of all citizens.

Conservation NOW announces the pro-conservation positions on issues before the Senate, Assembly and/or Governor in the week ahead to state legislators. Others wishing to follow activities in the state legislature also receive Conservation NOW, including legislative staff, conservation voters, and media. All of these issues are tracked on our website. Issues in the Conservation NOW may appear in the Conservation Scorecard, to be released in the summer of 2014.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
133 S. Butler St., Ste. 320
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 661-0845
fax (608) 661-0835
www.conservationvoters.org


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