EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Voters in Eau Claire County will have the opportunity to weigh in on clean water availability in the state through a referendum on the spring ballot.

The Eau Claire County board on Tuesday approved the new advisory referendum question: “Should the state of Wisconsin establish a right to clean water to protect human health, the environment and the diverse cultural and natural heritage of Wisconsin?”

County Supervisor Joe Knight, said beach closures at Lake Altoona, algae blooms, and rising PFAS and nitrate levels in the soil are reasons the referendum is being considered.

The spring election is set to take place on April 5.