Yesterday, in fit of pique and generally fed up, I wrote this:And this evening, back in Milwaukee after an afternoon and evening out-of-town, I saw this - - and, swear to God, I had no idea this was in the works - - so great, calming minds work alike on behalf of clean water in Wisconsin:
The Wisconsin State Constitution's Ninth Article incorporates clean water access as a right - - yes, a right, not a privilege - - yet this pro-business, anti-environmental administration keeps undermining the Doctrine and putting citizen health at risk.
Here is yet another example of what this Governor, and Legislature, and Attorney General, and Department of Natural Resources are tolerating - - this time exposing one couple's travails with groundwater pollution along the river that bears the state's name - - The Wisconsin River:
How many more investigative reports have to be written before the federal government finally comes into Wisconsin, declares that years of documented foot-dragging will no longer be tolerated, and acts on behalf of American citizens - - our fellow Wisconsinites - - who are unlucky enough to live where their water rights are being ignored or given away, in plain sight?
...rising water pollution in the sloughs and oxbow lakes along the Wisconsin River can be blamed primarily on changing farming practices and the use of nonorganic liquid fertilizers, which are man-made chemical compounds. Some farmland is used as dumping ground for excess fertilizer.
Environmental groups asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to assume a stronger role in northeastern Wisconsin to protect the public from contaminated drinking wells that environmentalists say have been polluted by heavy manure spreading.
The groups said in a letter they aren't satisfied with the response by the state Department of Natural Resources to address well contamination using its authority to regulate groundwater.