ASSEMBLY BUDGET “REPAIR” BILLPROMOTES DIRTY WATER
Last week the Assembly passed
a Budget Repair bill that would impose crippling cuts
on the DNR Water Division. Citizens who care about the
health of the water they drink must voice their opposition
to this bill to their legislators.
Overall, the Governor,
Joint Finance Committee and Assembly have slashed $2.5
million from programs that protect our precious water
If signed into law this Bill would:
implementation of the federal Safe Water Drinking Act;
inspections for the safety of public water supplies;
Wisconsin’s regulation of animal waste in our waters;
efforts to reduce arsenic in our drinking water (which
is a known
inspections designed to insure the quality of public water
back important groundwater research into acute and chronic
wetlands ecology work and wetland regulatory staff;
lake management programs;
would establish an Invasive Species Task Force and a statewide
invasive species control program but would not provide
funding for this new program.
would significantly reduce funding for land acquisition
by DNR and through grants to local organizations. Overall,
the Stewardship Program’s appropriations would be reduced
from $60 million to $35 million annually. Also proposed
are more technical program changes that would make land
acquisitions more difficult.
The Senate will be holding public hearings on the
bill over the next week. WE URGE YOU TO ATTEND THE HEARING
IN YOUR REGION OR TO CALL OR E-MAIL YOUR SENATOR and tell
them you want the state to protect your water supplies
and to restore the budget cuts to the DNR Water Division.
The Senate needs to know that Wisconsin
citizens are concerned about the health of their water.
Every voice counts. If you want more information on the
proposed cuts you can either call the River Alliance at
608-257-2424 or check out our website:
The Senate Biennial
Budget Committee, chaired by Sen. Robert Jauch,
has announced five public hearings on the bill as follows:
Tuesday, March 19, UW-Superior;
Kathryn Ohman Theatre, McCaskill Hall, Belknap Street and Catlin Ave., Superior
Wednesday, March 20, UW-Eau Claire;
Davies Center Ojibwa Room, 105 Garfield Ave., Eau
Thursday, March 21, UW-GreenBay; University Union
Monday, March 25, UW-Milwaukee;
Student Union, Fireside Lounge, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee
Tuesday, March 26, UW-Madison;
Memorial Union, TrippCommons, 800
YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW!
Plan to attend and speak out at one of the hearings
Write, call or e-mail your state senator.
If you don’t know who that is, click here: www.legis.state.wi.us
the toll-free hot line at the capitol (1 800 362-9472
or 266-9960, locally) and say “I would like to leave a
message for the Senator who represents the district in
which I live, (give your address)
If you write a letter, send it to: Your Senator,
P.O. Box 7882, Madison,
The budget repair bill is now in the Senate. They will
adopt a budget that is different from the Assembly’s so
there will be need for a conference committee. Therefore
leaders of the Assembly should be aware of your feelings
as well. So please include them on your contact list,
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