La Crosse, Wis. - (WXOW) - The La Crosse's Chamber of Commerce started out it's new year with a new space to host it's monthly Forum.
Le Chateau in La Crosse hosted the event, inviting local officials. Chamber members received the news, current happenings and future possibilities in Madison. The January guest list included State Representatives Jill Billings, Steve Doyle and Loren Oldenburg as well as State Senator Jennifer Shilling.
Republican Oldenburg representing the 96th district, was able to follow-up on his recent legislation aimed at promoting natural flood management.
"With this bill, a committee will be set up, look over permit process and move forward, hopefully creating some hydrology solutions, slowing down the water before it gets into the flood plain," Oldenburg said.
Water issues of another kind were the focus of the Water Pollution Notification Act introduced this past year by Democrats Senator Shilling and Representative Billings.
The bill looks to have the DNR contacting local health departments or local land conservation departments about water quality issues.
"Those departments that have the addresses would be able to contact people who live in the area, people who might be affected. That way people will know if they should be testing their wells to make sure they're drinking clean water," Billings said.
She added that the bipartisan proposal does not seek to impose fines or regulations on farms. She said the priority is to make sure Wisconsinites know their water is safe to drink.