On this week’s episode of Earthlinks, host Deb Biechler discusses the contamination that affects the water residents need for every day survival. She talks with Kerry Schumann from the Wisconsin Conservation about how residents can talk to their representatives about the importance of clean water.
Imagine turning on your water and having brown fetid water pouring from the spout or having to drive to get water for cleaning, washing, and cooking. Well, the families in Kewaunee County are most affected by this because factories are creating more manure than the land can handle. The manure spills are increasing in frequency and size and are killing many of Wisconsin’s fish. 80 water systems in Wisconsin are destroyed because of the lead in pipes. This lead causes brain damage in children and 8.4% of children in Watertown have lead in their blood.
Many people fail to let their representatives know how they feel about unclean water. Deb asks Kerry how residents can get involved in creating a healthy environment. Kerry suggests that residents go to the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters website to gain more information about the current pieces of legislation that are in motion. Kerry says that developing a relationship with legislators, offering our personal stories about why this topic is important, having one on one conversations, and taking the legislators out to see the environment can lead to much needed improvements.