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UPDATE: Lawmaker task force urges $10M for clean water initiatives

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Published: Jan. 8, 2020 at 9:49 AM CST
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A bipartisan water pollution task force has released its recommendations to reduce contamination after a year's worth of work.

The task force released 13 bills Wednesday that call for creating a new water policy office, increasing state funding for county conservation workers and increasing grants for well reconstruction or replacements.

The bills also would create grants for farmers who implement projects to reduce nitrate pollution and create a state position to help farmers rotate their crops to reduce run-off.

The task force created by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos estimates the bills call for $10 million in new spending.

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' water pollution task force is poised to release recommendations to lawmakers.

The task force's chariman, Republican state Rep. Todd Novak, has called a news conference for Wednesday morning to release the recommendations.

Vos created the task force in January 2019 after a study found wells across southwestern Wisconsin were contaminated with bacteria or nitrates, which originates from manure and fertilizer.

The state Department of Natural Resources is currently drafting new restrictions on manure and fertilizer in areas prone to groundwater pollution.

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