manure pollution

A big step for victims of manure pollution

Ryan billingham

The Wisconsin State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 226 yesterday – a big step towards passing this bill into law.

AB 226 will help families whose wells are contaminated with manure and sewage to get immediate relief by making  it easier  to replace their contaminated wells, install water filtration systems, or fix failing septic systems.

Thanks to those who supported the bill, through hundreds of messages, emails, and letters to lawmakers, the bill passed the Assembly. Now we need to keep the pressure on to ensure a vote in the Senate. 

Executive Director Kerry Schumann had this to say on the bill’s passage:

“This bill represents a step forward for Wisconsin residents suffering from manure-tainted drinking water. As taps run brown in some parts of the state and one-in-five private wells are poisoned with coliform bacteria, this crucial action will offer immediate relief to victims of Wisconsin’s drinking water crisis. We urge the Senate to pass this bill as soon as possible. 

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters looks forward to tackling the manure management problems that made this bill necessary through upcoming administrative rules and future legislation. It is unconscionable that thousands of Wisconsinites are unable to drink their tap water. We urge decision makers to make reduction of manure pollution a high priority. We thank Rep. Joel Kitchens for introducing the bill and members of the Assembly who voted for its passage.”

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing conservation leaders, holding decision makers accountable, and encouraging lawmakers to champion conservation policies that effectively protect Wisconsin’s natural resources and public health.