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January 10th, 2020



 Capital City Sunday

ccs r.jpgCatch my interview with Emilee Fannon at 9 AM Sunday on WKOW regarding the Water Quality Task Force Recommendations. Looking forward to continuing our work on Wisconsin's Water Quality!


Water Quality Task Force Report Release

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When residents of Southwest Wisconsin first learned of the initial results of the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study (SWIGG), we all had reason to be concerned.  Soon after results were made public, State Representative Tranel and I approached Speaker Vos to request the formation of the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality. He quickly granted our request and named me chairman of the task force.

What followed was a complete and comprehensive tour consisting of 14 hearings around our state. After informational hearings in Madison, I insisted that our first public hearing be held in Southwest Wisconsin. In Lancaster, we heard from the experts involved in the SWIGG study who shared the importance of data collection and mapping. We also heard from farmers in the successful Producer Led Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance who shared their experiences with implementing on farm practices to improve water quality. A strong showing of private citizens provided a various perspectives on our water quality challenges and proved to me that this is a problem that affects everyone differently. I’m proud of how Southwest Wisconsin has led on this issue.

Once our hearings were complete, we began to craft a package of legislation to recommend to the Legislature. I spent countless hours following up with those who spoke at our hearings. Representative Shankland and I worked closely together to ensure that our package was bipartisan and each member of the taskforce had input on the final product. This issue is too important for partisan politics, everyone needs to have a seat at the table.

Our $10 million investment in water quality is the result of a diverse group of stakeholders coming to the table and sharing their priorities. These recommendations are the result of farmers, conservationists, academics, sportsmen, and other citizens sharing their expertise and experiences and I am proud of the work we have done. Our work does not end here as I expect to continue this important work next session.

Thank you to all who took time to share testimony with the task force. Your words had an impact on the recommendations of this committee. I hope you will visit to review our final report.

Gov Report r.jpgPrior to the release of our report, Rep. Shankland and myself sat down to meet with Governor Evers on our report. We look forward to working with him to address our water quality concerns. 

Water Quality Press Conference

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On Wednesday, we held our press conference for the release of our task force report. Click here to watch the press conference.

Have a Great Weekend!