|Candidate Burke committed to protecting state’s water|
Letter to the Editor:
Any resident of Wisconsin should appreciate the valuable resource we have in our easy access to water. In addition to the many recreational options it provides, we trust that the water we drink will be clean and safe.
Unfortunately, even in Wisconsin, there are many threats to our water supply. One is water contamination. Another is the adequacy of groundwater levels, now and for the future. These threats are documented in the 2013 report to the Legislature by the state’s Groundwater Coordinating Council.The report states that nitrates in our water supply are Wisconsin’s most widespread groundwater contaminant and that their presence is increasing in extent and severity. Another section notes that the amount of groundwater pumped is showing a long-term increase. Two-thirds of Wisconsin residents depend on groundwater for their water supply.
Gov. Scott Walker is not showing the leadership we need to address these threats. Instead, his emphasis has been on activities that promote groundwater contamination and encourage drainage of wetlands and aquifers. Examples are mining and the promotion of large-scale agriculture.
This is why I have chosen to support Mary Burke for governor. She understands the importance of Wisconsin’s water supply for the future. You can read about her commitment to protect our water resources on her website. For Mary, Wisconsin’s water quality is a priority issue.
|Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:31 AM|