For decades, Wisconsin families have been concerned about the safety of their drinking water. Unfortunately, lawmakers have been slow to act, even when confronted with clear evidence of a growing crisis. When a 2018 study revealed that 42% of private wells sampled in southwest Wisconsin were contaminated with unsafe levels of nitrates and bacteria, the crisis could no longer be ignored.
In early 2019, Wisconsin legislators announced the creation of a statewide task force to gather more information from stakeholders. Citizen engagement is critical to holding government accountable to its promise of improving water quality. We strongly encourage all citizens, especially those who have been negatively impacted by the drinking water crisis, to attend a water quality hearing and speak directly to legislators.
MEA has created a guide to help you understand the issues and to know what to expect when you attend a hearing.
Upcoming Hearing Locations & Dates:
Racine/Sturtevant - July 11th
Ives Grove Auditorium
14200 Washington Avenue
Task force members will hear from scheduled speakers starting at 1 pm, followed by citizen testimony. Citizen testimony will begin at approximately 3:30 pm.We anticipate that each citizen will have 2-3 minutes to speak.
We will post remaining hearing dates and locations as soon as that information is available.
Dates for remaining hearing locations will be announced soon. Please check back often for updates.