State Sen. Mark Miller
Press Release

Senator Miller’s Statement on Privatizing Public Waters

"I expected better out of my Republican colleagues today and I am sorely disappointed in their actions."

By - Apr 5th, 2017 09:42 am

Madison – “I am outraged by the egregious attack today on Wisconsin’s public waters.

“Senate Bill 76 was passed by Senate Republicans, privatizing Wisconsin water for the benefit of high capacity well owners. This bill allows high capacity well permits to be issued permanently. FOREVER.

“This is not a partisan issue, this is a fairness issue. Water belongs to everyone, not just the chosen few. I expected better out of my Republican colleagues today and I am sorely disappointed in their actions.”

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5 thoughts on “The State of Politics: Lawmakers Battle Over High Capacity Wells”

  1. daniel golden says:

    As I anticipated, Brad Schimel has been the unethical corporate whore I expected as Attorney General. The rule of law is clear: the AG opines, but the courts decide. Even the present GOP controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court decided in 2011 that the DNR had to follow the Wisconsin Constitution and regulate Wisconsin’s waters for all the citizens of the state. Brad Schimil, faithful GOP lap dog that he is, ignored this decision and issued an opinion to the contrary. Any sentient attorney knows that the DNR must follow the decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court when they conflict with an AG’s opinion. We now see the danger of putting incompetent, high school graduates in positions of power. Cathy Stepp, the realtor now posing as head of the DNR, has instructed her agency to ignore the Supreme Court decision in favor of one from Schimel that could have as easily been written by a lawyer for Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. One third of the wells in Kewanee County have polluted ground water because of corporate agriculture. Yet Schimil OK’s more of the same. The worst of us are governing the rest of us.

  2. swamper says:

    Vos disagreed: “Water levels are historically high right now. Lake Michigan is at a 90-year high. We’re not at some point where are running short of water in Wisconsin.”

    The statement by Vos is simply not true. Lake Michigan is about a foot below the all time high recorded in the mid-80’s.

    And water in Lake Michigan doesn’t find its way to the Central Sands.

    What a liar.

  3. swamper says:


    Here is the actual data from the ACOE:

    Current Lake Michigan: 580.17′ IGLD

    All time High: 582.35′ IGLD (Oct 1986)

    All time low: 576.02′ IGLD (Jan. 2013).

    Somebody should call out Vos on this intentional lie.

  4. Vincent Hanna says:

    Pretty sure Vos doesn’t care if he’s wrong.

  5. Monica Trudell says:

    I would invite Assembly Speaker Vos to Huron Lake in Waushara County to see the LOW water levels on this beautiful lake which is surrounded by high capacity wells. My husband and I have personally had to put in a new well due to the decline in water levels. Historic high levels? Not in the majority of the state! Come see for yourself, Mr. Vos!

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