|Courtesy of Chuck Wagner and Wisconsin Watch|
Yellow-brown well water used to come from the tap in
the home of Chuck Wagner, who lives in rural Luxemburg
in Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin. He
said testing linked the contamination to cattle manure.
It cost him $10,000 to drill new well free of manure
Madison, Wisconsin — 'Nice water ya have there. Shame if anything were to happen. Tell you what — I'm going to direct manure in your water, but some guys I know in a different county won't dump as much over there, okay? We'll keep the decisions centralized now.'
This doesn't seem a good deal if you like clean water.
But this water-pollution racket is being proposed in Wisconsin State Assembly Bill 113, (2019 Senate Bill 91) to augment existing rackets.
AB 113 has drawn broad bipartisan support in the state legislature populated by people in thrall of both Big Ag polluters and brown-water events — "manure- and pathogen-tainted water flowing from faucets," (Verberg, Wisconsin State Journal).
SB 91 passed the State Senate in May 2019, 32-0.
Assembly Bill 113 expands on an existing pollution credit scheme. The bill would "creates a system for buying and selling water pollution credits through a central clearinghouse," notes the beginning of the bill text.
There are eight Democratic sponsors out of 34 total sponsors in the 99-member State Assembly.
Gov. Tony Evers (D) has called on the Republican-led Legislature to convene in special session in late January to take up a several agriculture pollution bills, including perhaps Assembly Bill 113.
Evers is a corporatist Democrat hostile to clean water guarantees and citizen action working against water polluters.