“Proposed legislation would make it easier to destroy ‘non-federal’ wetlands”–Wetlands Alert! of December 2, 2015
According to a Wetlands Alert! issued by the Wisconsin Wetlands Association (WWA) Wisconsin state Senator Frank Lasee and state Representative Adam Jarchow have circulated a bill for co-sponsorship that would do just that.
According to the Wetlands Alert! “The proposed changes are part of a larger package designed to give private property owners much greater freedom to build in, on, or near, lakes, rivers, and wetlands. More dredging, more riprap, more lake front development, and a whole host of other damaging practices would be allowed.”
If enacted, the proposed legislation would have the effect of eliminating more wetlands from Wisconsin, rather than increasing them. The bill would join “the latest (five and counting) in a string of bad bills designed to allow wetland destruction in the last six years.” (Wetlands Alert!)
The Wetlands Alert points out that the legislation would have the opposite effect of what the legislators are promising. The Wetlands Alert! points to an investigation by the Wisconsin State Journal to support this assertion.
“Despite legislators’ assurances that the wetland regulatory reforms enacted in 2012 would lead to “more and better wetlands,” a recent investigation by the Wisconsin State Journal found the opposite to be true. The average annual acreage of permitted wetland fill has nearly doubled since the new law took effect and the promised mitigation has not kept pace (WSJ 11/29/15). Enough is enough.”