Target: Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin
Goal: Don’t make phosphorous dumping easier for businesses
Phosphorus pollution in freshwater sources causes rapid algae and aquatic plant growth, which harms waterways, impairs recreational use, and puts public health at risk. It has been an important environmental concern in Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources established strict guidelines for phosphorous dumping in 2010.
However, a new bill passed by the Assembly and the Senate could ease the limits on the amount of phosphorous businesses and waste-water plants can dump and allow them to exceed these limits for the next 20 years. If passed, the bill would also give special privileges to companies that complain that upgrading their operations to comply with state standards is too costly.
As former representative Spencer Black stated, “Wisconsin waters are our crown jewels, and the single biggest threat to our waterways is phosphorus pollution. Waterways form the bedrock of the Wisconsin tourism industry, and it is tremendously diminished by this pollution.” Nearly 100 Wisconsin residents have reported health concerns related to harmful algae blooms, which pose health risks to people, livestock, and pets.
This new bill will allow local businesses to procrastinate cleanup efforts and neglect this crucial environmental concern. Sign the below petition to urge Wisconsin’s governor, Scott Walker, and his advisers to oppose this bill that facilitates severe and prolonged phosphorous dumping throughout the state.
Dear Governor Walker,
Phosphorous dumping has been a long-standing issue in the state of Wisconsin, which is why rigorous dumping guidelines were established four years ago. As you know, a recent bill threatens to ease the limits of phosphorous dumping in Wisconsin and allow businesses and waste-water plants to exceed those limits for the next two decades.
Some companies have complained that it is too expensive to upgrade their operations to comply with state standards for phosphorous dumping. However, this is not an acceptable excuse for polluting the beautiful waterways that the state of Wisconsin relies upon and cherishes.
Please protect Wisconsin’s natural resources and oppose eased regulations for phosphorous pollution in your state. Phosphorous pollution has proven to cause health problems in humans, livestock, and pets. I am urging you to work with local environmental experts who understand and can best anticipate the risks of phosphorous pollution in the state. To protect Wisconsin’s waterways, please put the health and environmental safety of your land and your people above the profits of waste producing companies.
[Your Name Here]
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