Policy

WGF analyses and statements on broad policy about science in natural resource management, as well as legislation and actions with wide-ranging policy implications for Wisconsin’s environment.

Wisconsin’s Green Fire State and Federal Policy Issues for 2024

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by Paul Heinen, WGF Policy Director

Top Issues for 2024

Every January, Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) Policy Director, Paul Heinen, writes a “top issues” report on the policy issues that WGF is prioritizing for the year ahead. This is one way we keep members of WGF updated about the work ahead for this community of conservation …

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WGF Statement on WDNR’s request for JFC action on PFAS funding

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On December 19th, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) released a letter to the Co-chairs of the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), requesting the release of PFAS funding. The WDNR’s letter requests release of segregated funds to support affected communities and private well owners, and to support monitoring, research, and public health needs around PFAS. …

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire Not Associated with Greenfire Law PC

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News Release

For Immediate Release: November 30th, 2023 

 Media Contacts:  

  • Meleesa Johnson, mjohnson@wigreenfire.org
    Wisconsin’s Green Fire Executive Director  
  • Carolyn Pralle, cpralle@wigreenfire.org
    Wisconsin’s Green Fire Communications Coordinator 
  • Rhinelander, WI – A new lawsuit by the Great Lakes Wildlife Alliance (GLWA) is asking a Dane County Circuit Court judge to block …

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    Senate Passes Imperfect PFAS Bill

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    On November 14th, 2023, the Wisconsin State Senate passed a version of SB312 (the “PFAS bill”) without important changes offered by Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF), other environmental/conservation groups, and leaders of communities impacted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

    Over the last several months, the experts on WGF’s Contaminants of Emerging Concern Work Group …

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    Wisconsin’s Green Fire and Partners Equip Local Leaders to Address PFAS in Wisconsin Communities

    When Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg had to deal with the crisis of responding to PFAS contamination detected throughout Wausau’s drinking water supply in 2022, she was fortunate to be able to turn to her family friend and mentor John Robinson.  John is a former Wausau Mayor and a former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) …

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    Wisconsin’s Green Fire Guidance for Public Testimony at Joint Finance Committee Spring 2023 Hearings

    The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) has scheduled their spring 2023 public hearings on the state budget. Click here to view the Spring 2023 JFC hearing schedule.

    We encourage all conservation-minded citizens to attend a hearing and testify on conservation issues in Wisconsin. The following is guidance for …

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    Wisconsin’s 2023-2025 State Budget: WGF Highlights and Summary

    On Wednesday, February 15th, Governor Evers released his 2023-2025 State Budget, the single most important bill introduced every two years at the Capitol. The budget includes important investments in protecting the health and safety of Wisconsin citizens and natural resources and makes crucial changes to ensure democratic decision making in natural resource management and policy …

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