|The following three major environmental initiatives are now law in Wisconsin:
- Brownfields: This law makes numerous changes to the state's brownfields program that includes the creation of a brownfields site assessment grants program for cities, towns, villages, counties, redevelopment authorities, community development authorities, and housing authorities; and local government liability exemption and cost recovery provisions. For more information contact Darsi Foss, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (608-267-6713), or see http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/aw/rr.
- Smart Growth: This law creates a financial incentive program designed to promote comprehensive planning at the local level by encouraging local government units to develop comprehensive plans that meet state standards, and rewarding those municipalities and counties that adopt the necessary related ordinances. For more information contact Michael Blaska, Wisconsin Office of Land Information Services (608-267-2707), or see http://www.doa.state.wi.us/olis.
- Nonpoint Source Pollution: This law creates new programs for the abatement of urban nonpoint source pollution and municipal flood control which is funded in part by a new $13 million general obligation funding authority. For more information contact Allen Shea, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (608-297-2759), or see http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/wm.
For more information, contact Barry.Ashenfelter@legis.state.wi.us.