With all the terrible news lately, it’s easy to feel powerless, and disengage from the whole political process. I never thought that taking good care of our lakes and rivers, wetlands and groundwater was a partisan issue. Despite this, I have watched our one-sided state legislature weaken or overturn over 30 years’ worth of hard won bipartisan water policy. Our Department of Natural Resources has been cut to the bone and lost a good chunk of the scientists needed to guide sound resource management decisions.
It’s tempting to go for a hike and quit reading about all this stuff. But our waters are what make our state special. We are lucky to live in a democracy, and we can get the change we want if we fire up and vote.
My hike yesterday was in the streets of Oconomowoc, passing out information about a woman that will work for all of us. If you want to vote for someone who believes that clean water and a healthy environment are top priorities for Wisconsin, please join me in supporting Melissa Winker for State Assembly this Nov. 6.