Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tell your State Representative: vote NO on SB 1211

Earlier today, the state Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 1211, the Wetlands Destruction Act, by a margin of 23-14. Now, the bill is headed to the state House, and we expect them to vote any day. SB 1211, also known as the Wetlands Destruction Act, would remove protections of 70,000 Michigan wetlands, or nearly half of the wetlands in each Michigan county.

Tell your State Representative: vote NO on SB 1211

Earlier, I wrote this to our Senator Dale W. Zorn, who was one of only 3 republican senators to vote against the bill.

Dear Senator Zorn

I am one of your constituents and I am deeply worried about Senator Tom Casperson's ((R-Escanaba), Tom Casperson) fast-track effort to cripple Michigan's wetland protection law, first enacted in 1974, by eliminating about
half of the state's wetlands from their legal protection, and making other detrimental changes to land/water regulations, and to pursue this during the Legislature's lame duck session.
Wetlands are not only the most threatened habitats according to the recent WWF report with wildlife populations declining by 80% since 1970 (…/all_publ…/living_planet_report_2018/) - but they also sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gases (…/2017-02-wetlands-vital-role-carbon-stora…) - and provide important ecosystem services like freshwater storage and cleaning, and flood remediation ( Wetlands are vital to our survival and need the protections that Senator Casperson intends to strip away – obviously without understanding the consequences. I hope you will vote against this assault and try to inform your colleagues about the facts. I will follow and publicly share your engagement in this matter with my colleagues and friends.
Please also consider the chapter on the Midwest from the recently published Fourth National Climate Assessment:
"Restoration of natural systems, increases in the use of green infrastructure, and targeted conservation efforts, especially of wetland systems, can help protect people and nature from climate change impacts.”
Sincerely, Tom
Thomas Wassmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Siena Heights University

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