Badger ammo plant watchdog group wins “Conservationist of the Year”

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, the state’s largest conservation organization, has named Laura Olah, Executive Director of WNPJ member group Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger as the federation’s “Water Conservationist of the Year.” The formal presentation of the award was made at the federation’s annual meeting on April 14 in Stevens Point. Laura is a life-long resident of Sauk County and helped to organize CSWAB in 1990 when Army officials publicly confirmed that high concentrations of carcinogenic solvents had migrated beyond the fence line of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant and contaminated drinking water wells of private homes.  In the years that followed and continuing today, Laura has worked tirelessly to hold the Army accountable for the environmental impacts and threats to human health resulting from the decommissioned plant.  The award recognizes her more than 20 years of service protecting the environment and health and welfare of the citizens of Wisconsin who reside around the Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation is comprised of 160 hunting, fishing, trapping and forestry-related organizations and is dedicated to conservation education and the advancement of sound conservation polices. Through its Conservation Achievement Awards, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation honors individuals, affiliates, businesses, organizations and others for their outstanding contribution to conservation and conservation products.