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Clean Water

Access to clean water is a right we all share. At MEA, we use our expertise in water law to defend public rights to Wisconsin’s waters, to advocate for water policies that safeguard public health, and to ensure that government is held accountable for protecting our water resources.

our clean water work

POLICY & ADVOCACY

Developing Water Quality Standards for PFAS

MEA successfully advocated for statewide water quality standards for PFAS in surface water and municipal drinking water. We continue to advocate for much-need PFAS groundwater standards that will help protect rural Wisconsinites who rely on groundwater from private wells.

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LEGAL ACTION

Defending Wisconsin’s Spill Law

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is suing the DNR in an attempt to undermine Wisconsin’s Spills Law. MEA is participating in the lawsuit in order to defend this key environmental health protection.


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LEGAL ACTION

Challenging an Illegal Settlement Between the DNR and Big Ag

After the DNR negotiated a backroom deal with one of Wisconsin’s largest dairy operations, MEA took legal action to ensure government transparency and prevent the rollback of important environmental protections.

POLICY & ADVOCACY

Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning in Milwaukee

Decades of disinvestment have led to disproportionately high rates of lead exposure among communities of color and lower-income families in Milwaukee’s north side. As a member of the Coalition on Lead Emergency, MEA is advocating for policies and new sources of funding to address this environmental injustice.

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LEGAL ACTION

Preserving Environmental Oversight of Large Livestock Facilities

In January 2024, a Calumet County Circuit Court rejected a reckless attempt by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and factory farm groups to eliminate environmental oversight of the state’s largest livestock facilities. The court’s decision affirms the DNR’s ability to protect water resources from agricultural pollution. 

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LEGAL ACTION

Challenging Kinnard Farms Wastewater Permit

In 2022, the Wisconsin Supreme Court affirmed the authority of the DNR to protect rural drinking water by setting limits on expansion and requiring large livestock operations to monitor groundwater. 


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MEA GUIDE

CAFO Guide for Wisconsin Communities

MEA GUIDE

PFAS Free Drinking Water Guide

MEA GUIDE

Public Trust Waters Guide

MEA WEBINAR (April 2023)

What Does EPA’s Proposed PFAS Rule Mean for Wisconsin?