Updates on Wisconsin Water Issues, February 2019
Water continues to be a hot topic in 2019. Governor Evers has declared 2019 to be the “Year of Clean Drinking Water.” Representative Vos has formed a bi-partisan Water Quality Task Force. It’s no secret that our rivers, lakes and drinking water are in need of long-term solutions to address major pollution and water quantity problems, but recent events have brought extra attention to these problems. Here’s an update!
Water Quality Task Force
Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater & Geology Study (SWIGG)
The Governor’s Budget & Wisconsin’s Waters
- $1.6 million increase ($2M total) for the well compensation program. This program provides eligible landowners or renters funds to replace, reconstruct or treat contaminated private water supplies
- $65 in bonding for the DNR to provide grants for local governments to reduce pollution; clean-up of contaminated soil along the Milwaukee and St. Louis rivers; and loans to municipalities to cover half the cost of replacing lead pipes.
- $3 million over two years to fund grants to farmers for building infrastructure that reduces pollution from agriculture.
- $300,000 on studies on water pollution management and implementation of new manure-spreading restrictions.
- $1.46 million on other initiatives, including education for farmers, establishing a pollution best management practices website and developing software to help farmers use fertilizer.