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Assembly Passes Bill Supporting Clean Water, Economic Development
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/19/2020

The Wisconsin State Assembly unanimously approved Senate Bill 91, which would support clean water initiatives and rural economic development.

Sponsored by Sen. Rob Cowles of Green Bay and Rep. Joel Kitchens from Sturgeon Bay, the measure establishes a statewide clearinghouse through which farmers could receive financial incentives from municipal water treatment plants or dairy processing facilities to reduce the amount of pollutants entering waterways.

According to the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, the trading credits for pollution reduction aim to encourage farm-level solutions and provide options for permit compliance.

"Environmental and business advocates have a shared mission in protecting Wisconsin's natural resources," said WCMA Director John Umhoefer. "This legislation offers pragmatic, local strategies to achieve our water quality goals."

The package will now head to Gov. Tony Evers for his signature.

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