Up to $10 million could be directed to address water quality concerns in Wisconsin after a task force featuring two local legislators released their recommendations Wednesday. Rep. Joel Kitchens of Sturgeon Bay and Senator Andre Jacque of De Pere were on the bipartisan Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality which produced 13 proposals after hosting a year-long series of hearings across the state. Kitchens says one of those proposals, the creation of a nitrogen optimization pilot program, could help producer-led watershed groups like Peninsula Pride Farms take their work to the next level.
Forming additional committees, creating grant programs, and banning the sale of coal-tar based sealant products are just some of the other recommendations made by the task force. Kitchens hopes many of the proposals will be taken up by the Wisconsin Legislature in the coming weeks.