Weekly Democratic Radio Address:
"Preserving Our Shared Resources"
MADISON – Senator Chris Larson offered the Democratic Weekly Radio address today urging greater protection of Wisconsin's shared public lands and waters.
“The freedom to enjoy clean and safe drinking water is part of our heritage. It can only be accomplished through public accountability." - Sen. Chris Larson
The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:
A written transcript of the address is below:
“Hello. This is state Senator Chris Larson. To beat the heat this summer, people from all around Wisconsin plan to enjoy the cool beauty of our shared waters. Our lakes, streams, rivers, and groundwater are an integral part of our culture, heritage, commerce, and recreation.
“It is hard to imagine that anything could destroy or threaten such an abundant and important resource. Unfortunately, the health of our waters is in grave danger. Recently, our waters and lands have suffered from politics that put corporate profits before sustainability.
“Wisconsin has over 10,000 high capacity wells, and, by definition, each can take more than 100,000 gallons of water per day from our ground. Despite clear indications that high capacity wells should be monitored carefully, Wisconsin's Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel recently created a huge enforcement loophole which allows Walker’s DNR to completely ignore the cumulative negative impacts of these wells when considering well applications.
“This dangerous decision will allow corporations to profit by devastating and drying up our public streams, lakes, and groundwater.
“The freedom to enjoy clean and safe drinking water is part of our heritage. It can only be accomplished through public accountability. We must hold Governor Walker and legislative Republicans responsible for enforcing responsible pollution laws. When you enjoy our states water this summer, remember that it is on all of us to preserve our state’s shared resources for this generation and the next.”
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