Wisconsin Wildlife Federation took note of a darkening chapter in the state's history, and it will get worse when the Senate, led by former moderate Sen. Neal Kedzie, (R-Elkhorn),pushes through a mining bill that will inevitably pollute Wisconsin waters and degrade Chippewa wild-rice wetlands.
The amendments were rejected by a similar straight party line vote of 17-16. There is great concern that the bill as drafted will result in a substantial loss of wetlands in the state.
Groups such as Ducks Unlimited, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association and Pheasants Forever have spent millions of dollar in Wisconsin restoring wetlands. Senate Bill 368 undermines these efforts and seriously harms the interest of all hunters, anglers and trappers in the state.