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Friday, June 24, 2011   

MADISON, Wis. - Recall elections are being held for nine members of the state Senate this summer, and a Wisconsin conservation group says it's critical to know where the candidates stand on protecting the environment.

Vibrant natural resources mean jobs in Wisconsin, says Anne Sayers, program director for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, and it can't be assumed that everyone on the ballot will vote to support clean air and water.

"Unfortunately, that doesn't always turn out to be the case. Legislators or candidates who say they like clean water may not in fact be drafting the kind of bills and helping push through the kinds of bills that actually protect water."

Sayers says voters need to find out where the candidates really stand.

"That's why we suggest taking a look at the Conservation Scorecard, which you can find on our website, conservationvoters.org. There you'll see a compilation of all the bills that at least sitting legislators have voted on in recent years."

Sayers encourages voters to participate in this summer's elections, pointing out that the state Senate makes many decisions that have major effects on Wisconsin's environment and economy.

What many believe makes Wisconsin great - from the tourism industry and year-round outdoor activities to brewing, agriculture and paper-making - is all connected to natural resources, Sayers says.

"The evidence of that is everywhere you look in Wisconsin. Our tourism business is driven by our beautiful lakes and our open spaces, for hunting and fishing and hiking and camping, and then there's our manufacturing base. We use our natural resources wisely, like our trees and our water."

The Conservation Scorecard is online at conservationvoters.org.


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