Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Lunch Time Break- Congratulations, Senator Kedzie

A smidge of Kenosha County is in Senator Kedzie's district. Congratulations, Senator Kedzie on being named to the Conservation Honor Roll.

From WisPolitics-

Sen. Kedzie: Named to the “Conservation Honor Role”

Contact: Sen. Neal Kedzie
(608) 266-2635

Conservation Group Honors Pro-Environment Lawmaker

Madison – State Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) has been named to the Conservation Honor Role for his continued leadership on groundwater preservation. Kedzie is recognized by the League of Conservation Voters for authoring the Groundwater Quality Protection Act (Wisconsin Act 360) to ensure current and future wells in Wisconsin will receive a higher standard of environmental protection.

“Clean and plentiful drinking water is a vital resource for all Wisconsin residents. This new law will promote a healthier environment, as well as, a more sustainable resource,” Kedzie said. “I am honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing my efforts to protect Wisconsin’s natural resources,” Kedzie stated.

The measure makes several changes to current law. First, it creates a register and licensing system for well drillers and pump installers. Second, it requires well drilling be performed by, or under the supervision of, a licensed well driller, pump installer, or water system operator. Third, it requires educational and testing standards for those wishing to become a licensed well driller or pump installer. And finally, it requires well abandonment to be performed by a licensed well driller, pump installer, or water system operator, or be supervised by any of those individuals.

Kedzie is currently chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Transportation Committee. During his tenure in the Legislature, Kedzie has successfully passed legislation on a number of landmark issues, including two Groundwater Protection Acts, the Wetland Mitigation Act, the Isolated Wetlands Protection Act and the Green Tier Act. He has also authored or co-authored the Lake District Grants and Governance Act, the Drycleaner Cleanup Response Fund Act, and Special Wastes Usage Act, as well as creating a statewide Aldo Leopold Weekend in Wisconsin.

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