Forward Kenosha has joined Citizen's Water Coalition and many other grassroots groups in WI by signing a letter opposing AB105/SB76. The following is an exerpt from that letter:
Section 22 of the Wisconsin constitution states, “The blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles” yet elected officials in Madison will ignore this cornerstone of the Wisconsin constitution on May 2nd and likely pass SB 76, or the ‘Death by 1,000 Straws,’ high capacity well bill. Citizens and grassroots groups from around the state are calling for their elected officials to vote ‘no’ on SB 76 because permanently granting high capacity well permits without state oversight is in violation of their oath of office to uphold the state’s constitution.
The lack of reasonable moderation in SB 76’s fast-tracking through the Legislature is alarming. Undue industry influence (to the tune of nearly a quarter million dollars in just the last legislative session) has likely driven the fast-tracking and passage of SB 76. This bill has been assigned to inappropriate committees, had a joint hearing in front of Senate and Assembly committees, was voted out of the Senate Committee by secret paper ballot (which did not allow for the introduction of commonsense amendments), and the purposeful misleading of citizens and other elected officials with false facts and biased information has been disheartening.
Read the letter in it's entirety here.
To read more about the effects that allowing unlimited and unchecked High Capacity Wells would have, take a look at the following articles:
Opinion piece by WI State Senator Mark Miller
AP Article on the effects felt by the Wisconsin Central Sands
This bill is now on Governor Walker's desk. Call him and remind him that this a terrible thing for Wisconsin.