State Sen. Jennifer Shilling
Press Release

Republicans Open the Flood Gates

Latest GOP proposal could lead to more flooding

By - Dec 21st, 2017 11:02 am
Flooding on the Sugar River State Trail. Photo from the DNR.

Flooding on the Sugar River State Trail. Photo from the DNR.

MADISON, WI – Senate Bill 600 which would eliminate protections for over one million acres of wetlands in Wisconsin and could lead to increased flooding and compromise water quality, received a public hearing in the Senate today. Days after a public hearing was held for proposals to roll back air quality protections, SB 600 is the latest example of Republicans prioritizing corporate profits over citizens’ access to clean air, water and land.

“After back-to-back summers of severe flooding across the state, removing these vital protections is the last thing communities need,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “The Republican agenda to roll back environmental protections is having a detrimental impact on our communities, jeopardizing public health and threatening our way of life in Wisconsin. For our children and grandchildren to enjoy the same opportunities we have, we need to safeguard their access to clean water, land and air and prevent special interests from taking unfair advantage of our environment.”

Wisconsin had record levels of rain in the first half of 2017 and 11 counties experienced heavy flooding that led to damaged roads, contaminated groundwater, and communities left without power.

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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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