When our environment suffers, so does our health. Higher rates of asthma, chemicals in our drinking water that are linked to cancer, children’s IQs diminished by lead poisoning – no matter what your ZIP code, you have a right to clean air, safe drinking water, and access to open spaces. For Wisconsin to thrive, all communities must be protected from environmental harm.
“When I look into my son’s eyes, I want to fight even harder to make sure he has clean water to drink.”
mama. angler. voter.
Heidi Oberstadt, Stevens Point
Frac sand mining had been booming in Chippewa County, relatively unchecked, for years even though little is known about the industry’s long-term impacts on our natural resources, health, and economy.
Members of the Chippewa County Board challenged this “mine now, ask questions later” approach by proposing a resolution to request that the DNR conduct a scientific study on frac sand mining’s health, economic, and environmental impacts. Conservation voters in Chippewa County took immediate action, sending 340 messages to County Board members in just four days. The resolution passed on a 7-6 vote.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Burned" investigation
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Burned" investigation exposed a series of problems that put workers at risk and endangered residents living near the barrel refurbishing plants in St. Francis, Milwaukee, and Oak Creek.
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism's Failure at the Faucet project
In an award-winning project called Failure at the Faucet the center shined an unprecedented spotlight on the drinking water crisis in Wisconsin. Their reporting covers the gamut of drinking water threats in Wisconsin including manure, chemicals, and lead.
Wisconsin State Journal: Hazardous drinking water found in 42% of southwest Wisconsin wells
Steven Verburg reports on the shocking (but not unexpected) preliminary results of water quality testing in southwest Wisconsin.