The Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has voted to restore funding for County Conservation staff. Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget cuts $998,600 from funding for County Conservationists. The State pays toward three positions in each county, 100% of the first, 70% of the second and 50% of each subsequent position.
The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters program director Anne Sayers praising the Joint Finance Committee for reinstating the funding noting “our lakes, rivers and streams can’t protect themselves. Every day county conservationists are on the front lines working to prevent runoff that leads to polluted water and stinky lakes.” Sayers adds the fuding still faces some hurdles in the state budget process, “but we are grateful to the members of the Joint Finance Committee who stood up for Wisconsin’s County Conservationists.”