This country was built on the premise that we state our values and then turn to our elected officials to codify or formalize those values into law through legislation. Our founding fathers codified the cornerstone principles of this country in the Constitution and that process of formalizing our values through legislation continues today. Regulations and legislation are profoundly American — we value justice and ‘playing by the rules’. So what on earth is going on? How does a country with founding principles, like the Declaration of Independence, end up with rampant water depletion and pollution in our rural communities caused by pipelines, frac sand mines, industrial agriculture, metallic mining, or high capacity wells?
We are not advocating for the abolishment of our government but we are advocating for altering by electing people to local offices who value responsible use of our shared water resources, especially drinking water in our municipalities and private wells.
Our Replace the Face campaign is a tool to help Wisconsin citizens identify and vote for elected officials who are willing to protect their constituents drinking water from pollution caused by industries with "regulatory certainty" and excessive legislative influence. We've developed a Google form with two important questions that you, as a constituent, can ask candidates for political office in your community:
1. According to Water Watch Wisconsin, 47 percent of private wells are estimated to be contaminated by one or more pollutants at levels above health standards. How clean is the drinking water in the municipalities and private wells within your county? What areas have drinking water concerns and what are those concerns?
2. As an elected official what will you do to protect drinking water in your county for the health, safety, and welfare of your constituents?
After you've asked the candidate those two questions, please record the answers in the Google form and submit them. We will compile all these answers into a Google sheet with results from citizen's questions around the state.