2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
May 30, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Petrowski, Bewley, Hansen, Ringhand and
Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Steineke, B. Meyers, Nygren,
Anderson, Brostoff, Edming, Emerson, Kerkman, Milroy, Mursau,
Neubauer, Ohnstad, Ott, Quinn, Ramthun, Rohrkaste, Skowronski,
Spreitzer, Thiesfeldt, Tusler, VanderMeer and Stubbs. Referred to
Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.
1An Act to repeal
20.370 (4) (ad); and to create
20.370 (4) (ad) of the statutes; 2relating to: a flood risk reduction pilot project and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill appropriates $150,000 of general purpose revenue and requires the
Department of Natural Resources to allocate that money in the 2019-21 fiscal
biennium to Ashland County to design, implement, and evaluate not more than three
demonstration projects that test natural flood risk reduction practices in that county.
The bill provides that allocated money may be used for engineering and design,
materials, construction, pre-construction and post-construction monitoring, and
project management. Under the bill, DNR must require Ashland County to submit
a report no later than June 30, 2021 summarizing the results of its demonstration
projects, and DNR must submit to the legislature and to the Division of Emergency
Management in the Department of Military Affairs a report summarizing the results
of the demonstration projects and recommendations for how existing state policies
or funding streams could be adapted to create incentives to protect and restore
natural infrastructure and reduce floods.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 2
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.370 (4) (ad) of the statutes is created to read:
(ad) Flood risk reduction pilot project
. Biennially, from the general 5
fund, the amounts in the schedule for the pilot project under 2019 Wisconsin Act .... 6
(this act), section (4) (1).
20.370 (4) (ad) of the statutes, as created by 2019 Wisconsin Act .... 8
(this act), is repealed.
(1) Flood risk reduction pilot project.
In the 2019-21 fiscal biennium, the 11
department of natural resources shall allocate $150,000 to Ashland County to 12
design, implement, and evaluate not more than three demonstration projects that 13
test natural flood risk reduction practices in that county. Project expenditures for 14
the moneys allocated may be used include engineering and design, materials, 15
construction, pre-construction and post-construction monitoring, and project 16
management. The department shall require Ashland County to submit to the 17
department a report summarizing the results of its demonstration projects no later 18
than June 30, 2021. The department shall submit to the legislature, in the manner 19
provided under section 13.172 (2), and to the division of emergency management in 20
the department of military affairs a report summarizing the results of the
demonstration projects and recommendations for how existing state policies or 2
funding streams could be adapted to create incentives to protect and restore natural 3
infrastructure and reduce floods.
This act takes effect on the day after publication, 5
or on the 2nd day after publication of the 2019 biennial budget act, whichever is later, 6
except as follows:
The treatment of s. 20.370 (4) (ad) (by Section
) takes effect on July 1, 2021.