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  • Wetlands Mitigation Bill

  • Drug Take Back Locations 

  • Share the Road

  • Rural Health Essay Contest

  • Fishing Season Begins on Saturday

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Ron's Recap: May 3, 2019  

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During my district day, I toured Fox Valley Technical College's Health Simulation & Technology Center. Thank you to the administrators and staff for showing me the health simulators and walking me through the training process. Nurses have extremely important jobs. Good, realistic training for nurses prepares them for when they will go out into the field so they can be prepared to administer help to those who need it.  

 Wetlands Mitigation Bill

Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Energy heard testimony on my bipartisan bill enhancing wetland mitigation in Wisconsin. Currently, two ways mitigation can occur when there is an allowable wetland disruption is to purchase “credit” from an existing wetland or participate in the DNR’s In-Lieu-Fee program. The problem Wisconsin is facing is the availability of wetlands and wetland credits in developed and developing areas, where there is the most need for wetlands. However, the cost to create wetland mitigation banks in these areas is financially burdensome. My bill solves these issues by making more mitigation credits available sooner, making mitigation banks more financially practical, and requiring credit purchases as close to a wetland disturbance as possible. Mitigation banks in developed and developing areas would have significant, positive impacts such as: better filtration of groundwater; serving as critical habitat for waterfowl and other species throughout the state; and lessening flooding during extreme precipitation events. Read my testimony and watch my video for more information.

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 Drug Take Back Locations

If you couldn’t make it to a “Drug Take Back Day” site to dispose of your unused or expired medications, you’re in luck! Numerous locations throughout the state have drug disposal boxes and are open year-round. Click here to find a disposal site near you. If you are unable to locate a permanent drug take back location, please contact your local police department for assistance.


Share the Road 

With warmer temperatures arriving this weekend, many of us will hit the roads on motorcycles, bicycles, or scooters. This is also a great time to remember to share the road, and look twice for safety. 

In addition, riders are reminded to wear appropriate safety gear and be patient with drivers. We are all just trying to get to where we want to go.

Good safety tips include: 

  • Obeying traffic laws
  • Driving sober
  • Riding defensively
  • Wearing a helmet
  • Avoid riding in bad weather
  • Riding to your ability

Stay safe and enjoy your ride!  

Rural Health Essay Contest 

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Do you know a current student or recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin system? Are they passionate about agriculture, healthcare, or bettering the lives of individuals in the rural community? Could they use an extra $2,500? 

The writer of the winning essay will receive a check for $2,500 paid from a trust fund established at the University of Wisconsin by Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, and family and friends of Hermes. The winning essay will be about rural health with some of the following attributes:

  • Relevant to rural communities
  • Innovative
  • Practical
  • Multi‐disciplinary
  • Improves quality of care
  • Team/relationship oriented
  • Applicability to networking, cooperatives
  • Improves the local economy

To find contest rules, where to submit the essay, and more information, please click here or on the image above. 

Fishing Season Begins on Saturday
  • The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on a draft statewide Inland Trout Management Plan at a series of upcoming meetings slated for La Crosse, Wausau, Fitchburg and Spooner.
  • May 5th – 11th is national Drinking Water Week.  Established in 1988, Drinking Water Week recognizes the vital role drinking water plays in everyone's daily lives. This year the focus is on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source.
  • Consider adding native plants to your landscaping as you plan your spring yard work to help provide habitat and food sources for important pollinators and other wildlife.