Remove the Beads, Please!

Two of the first bills being introduced into the Wisconsin Legislature (SB 15 and AB 15) are aimed at phasing out the manufacture and sale of microbeads–tiny pieces of plastic that are used in many soaps, scrubs, and toothpastes for exfoliation. These microbeads are prolific in Lake Michigan (one study found 17,000 pieces of plastic […]

Protect our Groundwater (and Surface Water)!

A new bill that is circulating for co-sponsorship (LRB 1446) would severely limit solutions for groundwater protection. LRB 1446 would limit DNR’s ability to regulate groundwater pumping in critical areas of the state by granting ‘forever” permits for high capacity wells. Regular review of permits as conditions change (e.g., due to climate or groundwater drops […]