To the Editor:

     On Feb. 8, 2017, five bus-loads of concerned citizens from all over the state arrived in Madison to lobby state legislators concerning our basic right to clean, abundant water. ...

     The organizers ... exhorted us to talk to lawmakers about any and all water issues affecting us. These ranged from CAFO operations, to pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer usage in lake, river, and stream watersheds, to high capacity wells, to mining and fracking, and beyond.

    Since water knows no boundaries, it is paramount that our laws prevent privatization of water and ensure everyone’s right to clean, abundant water.

    To that end, Chris Larson, a state senator representing district 7, has been an ardent clean water advocate and recently helped block Assembly Bill 554. This bill would have legalized purchases of water utilities by out of state corporations, and also would have changed existing laws to make public referendums on such purchases optional instead of mandatory. ...

     This is a bipartisan issue that affects all of us and our environment, as well as the activities we enjoy associated with our rivers, lakes, and streams. ...

— Laird DeCramer
Princeton

     To read the entire letter, see the Feb. 22, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.