To the editor:

   The Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee is in the process of holding hearings and taking testimony on the 2017-19 state budget.

   Now is the time for citizens to let their legislator know their feelings about Gov. Walker’s proposed budget ...

   We are concerned about possible future contamination of our water. 

   Everyone values clean, safe drinking water. I am sure many of you, like us, has reacted with horror while watching picture of brown water coming from faucets in Kewaunee County or hearing accounts of illnesses linked to contaminated water ...

   In the 2017-19 Wisconsin state budget, legislators should adequately fund the County Soil and Water Conservation Departments doing away with the governor’s proposed budget cut of $800,000 per year ....

   It is also important that pollution oversight for large farms be kept at the DNR instead of being placed under the Agriculture Department as proposed. Finally, in this budget, funds should be restored to the DNR so that they have adequate staff to monitor water quality and insure compliance with existing regulations.

— Thomas Zuelsdorf
Brandon