2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 283. Pollution discharge elimination.
283.87 Liability for water pollution.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 283.87 (2017)

283.87 Liability for water pollution.

(1)Department may recover costs. In an action against any person who violates this chapter or any provision of s. 29.601 or chs. 30, 31, 281, 285 or 289 to 299 relating to water quality the department may recover the cost of removing, terminating or remedying the adverse effects upon the water environment resulting from the unlawful discharge or deposit of pollutants into the waters of the state, including the cost of replacing fish or other wildlife destroyed by the discharge or deposit. All moneys recovered under this section shall be deposited into the environmental fund.

(2)Adverse effects. The department may introduce evidence of the environmental pollution that resulted from the unlawful discharge or deposit and evidence of the potential of the water environment for public use if the unlawful discharge or deposit had not occurred in order to assist the court in determining the adverse effects upon the water environment resulting from the unlawful discharge or deposit and in determining the amount of liability under sub. (1).

(3)Administration of award. The court shall administer an award made under this section. An award made under this section may be used to remove, terminate or remedy the adverse effects of the discharge or deposit, to restore or develop the water environment for public use or to provide grants to municipalities consistent with any court order.

(4)Aids to municipalities; environmental damage compensation. The department may make grants to any county, city, village, or town for the acquisition or development of recreational lands and facilities from moneys appropriated under s. 20.370 (4) (dv). Use and administration of the grant shall be consistent with any court order issued under sub. (3). A county, city, village, or town which receives a grant under this section is not required to share in the cost of a project under this section.

History: 1973 c. 74; 1979 c. 221; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 248; 1999 a. 150 s. 375; 2005 a. 347; 2017 a. 59.

Note: 2005 Wis. Act 347, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.

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