A hearing for Assembly Bill 600 will be held at the State Capitol in Madison on Tuesday, January 5th (12pm, Room 417 N).
Please join us at the Capitol on January 5th to register or testify in opposition to this terrible bill.
Wisconsin Wetlands Association and many conservation partners oppose this bill because it makes it easier to destroy isolated wetlands on privately owned land. It does so by eliminating long-standing requirements for landowners to avoid and minimize wetland impacts when they build.
AB 600 puts an estimated 1 million acres of Wisconsin's wetlands, 20% of all of the remaining wetlands in the state, at risk.
AB 600 also puts tens of thousands of acres of emergent, near-shore wetlands in harm's way by authorizing riparian owners to dredge up to 30 cubic yards of soil, annually, from the lake bed and other waters adjacent to their property under a "general" permit. That's 10 dump trucks of lake bed material removed per year, per landowners, with little to no review.
Please let WWA's Policy Director, Erin O'Brien know if you are able to join us at the Capitol on January 5th to register or testify in opposition to this bill
). Personalized testimony is most effective, but feel free to borrow from the AB 600 talking points below.
You can also contact Erin with questions about AB 600 or how you can help us stop this bill. You'll get a holiday auto-responder between now and January 3rd but, trust us, she's working.
As always, we thank you for your interest in wetlands conservation.