As an avid fisherman who greatly appreciates our beautiful Wisconsin landscape, I strongly favor efforts to reduce pollution and preserve resources. Invasive species are a major problem on the Great Lakes. I favor closing the Chicago sanitary canal in an effort to keep Asian Carp out of Lake Michigan. This is as issue that will have to be worked out mainly between the Federal Government and the state of Illinois.
It's also important to remember that protecting the environment involves costs and sometimes difficult choices. As measures come before the legislature, I feel it's our responsibility to keep citizens thoroughly informed about the costs and the benefits of these measures and the likelihood that the desired results will be achieved.
I do believe that it's possible to achieve economic growth and protect the environment at the same time. I voted in favor of the mining bill introduced in the last session of the legislature because it would have provided for significant job growth in northern Wisconsin and included substantial environmental protections.
We have incredible natural resources in our state and it's important that everyone have access to them. This holds particularly true of stewardship lands which have been acquired with taxpayer dollars. One of my bills signed into law in the last session requires the Department of Natural Resources to produce maps of all lands in Wisconsin acquired with stewardship funds, which provide information on the activities allowed on these lands. The maps are now available on the DNR website (http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/cfa/LR/Stewardhip/mapping.html) and hard copies will be available in the near future.