Poor water quality within Wisconsin’s lakes is the topic of discussion Thursday among local officials and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
The senator spent the afternoon in Menomonie visiting Lake Menomin to see first-hand the harmful impacts of algae blooms in the state.
“There are people I met with today who remember learning to swim in this lake, they remember all sorts of things about when it was clean,” said Baldwin.
Clean water is the goal and officials say there’s much work to be done.
“We’re standing in front of a lake that has had severe algae blooms for a very long time now and it has had impact on human and pet health. It has had impact on tourism and recreation activity. It has driven businesses out of business.”
Baldwin is meeting with local elected officials, conservationists, and others with concerns to discuss harmful impacts of algae blooms in Wisconsin and how to fix the problem.
“This was a very important piece of what I’ve been studying. Information I gained today I’ll be bringing back to Washington D.C. as we take action on funding bills that fund programs that were referenced that are very useful, in fact, critical to the effort here.”
Katie Gallagher, from the Dunn County Health Department said, “it was really wonderful to hear what the senator has to say about healthy environment and how she’s working within the community to make some changes.”
The concern about water quality here on lake Menomin is hard to miss, just as you approach the boat dock you can see that the water is the color of my shirt…green. A recent health survey among Dunn county residents shows a community wide concern.
“Number one was mental health, they saw it as a weakness here, but number 2 was a healthy environment and that’s really unusual,” said Gallagher.
But senator Baldwin says she’s hopeful.
“There are some folks that are determined to be a part of the solution and to bring others in, cause we’re only going to solve this if we work together.”