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Environmental group praises restoring funding for county conservationists

Water from the Fond du Lac wastewater treatment plant is discharged into Lake Winnebago, April 12, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).
Water from the Fond du Lac wastewater treatment plant is discharged into Lake Winnebago, April 12, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - An environmental group is praising state lawmakers, for restoring almost a million dollars in state funds for county conservation workers.

Governor Scott Walker wanted to cut over $998,000 in funds which pay for all or part of the salaries of three conservationists in each county.

The Joint Finance Committee has voted to reinstate the funding.

Anne Sayers of the League of Conservation Voters said lawmakers noted, “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 said the funding still faces hurdles when the budget gets to the full Legislature. That’s when members in both houses make deals and come up with their own compromise spending packages – and then agree to a final package which goes to Walker, who can pick and choose the items he wants to approve and veto.

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