Photo credit: Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association
Reported in Critics say fast-moving wells bill ignores urgent water ills. (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/13/2017)
Original 2/7/2017 post, "Rotten Potatoes: Dear Tamas, This is not what democracy looks like", starts here.
Reported in Bad science? Growers' water-use theories disputed. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/6/2017)
Schimel stacks the deck ni favor of agriculture. In past legislative sessions, bills that alternatively sought to ease restrictions on growers or clamp controls on irrigation have gone nowhere.
Complicating the picture this year: In June 2016, the state Department of Natural Resources — acting on a legal opinion from Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel — announced that it would no longer take into account the accumulating impact of many wells in a region when a new application comes through the door.
Related linksWisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association
AB874: relating to: replacement, reconstruction, and transfer of an approved 3high capacity well. (19 GOP sponsors)