State Rep. Mark Spreitzer
Press Release

Representative Spreitzer Votes Against Wetlands Rollback

"Assembly Republicans just voted to support a bill that deals a serious blow to Wisconsin wetlands protections."

By - Feb 16th, 2018 06:11 am

On Thursday, State Representative Mark Spreitzer voted against Assembly Bill 547, legislation that would roll back major provisions that protect Wisconsin’s wetlands. AB 547, better known as the Wetlands Bill, would leave many of the state’s wetlands at risk of being filled for development and destroyed. Despite efforts by Assembly Democrats, the bill passed 58 to 39 and now awaits action from the Wisconsin State Senate. Representative Spreitzer spoke on the Assembly floor to call attention to the Wetlands Bill and the adverse impact it could have on the area he represents.

“Assembly Republicans just voted to support a bill that deals a serious blow to Wisconsin wetlands protections,” said Representative Spreitzer. “Its language leaves many concerns about just how much this bill could negatively affect the places we turn to for hunting, fishing, and countless other recreational activities.”

Data from the National Wetlands Inventory suggests that AB 547 would leave approximately 300,000 acres of state wetlands on agricultural land at risk of being destroyed and put up to 100,000 acres of mapped, identified state wetlands in urban areas in a similar fate. More specifically, Clean Wisconsin indicates 397 acres of nonfederal urban wetlands in Rock County and 133 acres in Green County would suddenly be at risk of being filled and destroyed under AB 547. These numbers are based on known, mapped wetlands and suggest the total acreage of impacted wetlands is even higher.

Wisconsin’s wetlands clean our water by filtering out harmful pollutants and help store water that can prevent communities from being flooded. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 1 acre of wetlands can store up to 1 to 1.5 million gallons of floodwaters—providing a vital buffer for communities that experience heavy rains.

Wetlands are an important part of Wisconsin’s natural resources. Not only do they provide a habitat for a variety of species and waterfowl, but they offer a place to recreate and enjoy the outdoors. By allowing certain wetlands to be filled, many local ecosystems—along with hunting and fishing opportunities—could soon be destroyed.

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3 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: One Million Acres of Wetlands Endangered”

  1. Adam says:

    So the WI GOP current economic development strategy is to pay 3 billion US dollars cash to a Taiwanese company in exchange for a couple manufacturing jobs and let’s destroy our wetlands. What visionaries we have running this state.
    Boot these neanderthals out for heaven’s sake!
    Democrats do I need to be your campaign strategist? Point the above absurdities out and then talk about how investing in education, infrastructure and sustainability will secure our economic future. This really shouldn’t be that difficult.

  2. Aggie says:

    We will be lucky if we only end up with the 3 billion dollar bill. It looks like the going price for chasing the Amazon deal is now up to 10 billion and our current government would jump at the chance to sign us all up for it.

    If the people of WI really wanted to deal with the traffic, out of control real estate prices, and urban sprawl of Chicago and its suburbs, they would have moved there years ago.

    I don’t understand the need to change our environmental/sportsman culture into the next superfund industrial park…More doesn’t always equate to better.

  3. Why do we continuously have people representing the citizens of Wi and and the united States who have absolutly zero education in eviromental resources and yet are left like a toddler with a sharp knife to make crucial decisions about the well being of our State the country and the planet! I do relize that so many GOPer’s are attached some place unmentionable to some corrporate 1%’er so they seem only to see that making mega amouts of money count for anything ,I just wonder how much it will cost to buy oxygen when it becomes hard to find as all the extict frog,bees and salamanders..

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