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.
For years the citizens of Wisconsin have been dealt the hand of injustice by elected officials who are more attentive to their big money donors, ruled by partisan politics, and simply ignore the concerns of their constituents.
It is time for citizens across Wisconsin to unite and demand representation reflecting citizens interest over deep pocket donors.
Citizens Water Coalition of Wisconsin (CWC) believes change must start at the local level and progress all the way through statewide elections. 2018 is the year to identify who is willing to be a Wisconsin Water Warrior and to Replace the Face of those not true to representing us, the citizens of Wisconsin.
The Replace the Face campaign will focus first on County level elections in April. Our local town boards and county officials are our first line of defense for protecting our local environments. Across Wisconsin, we continue to hear water contamination issues resulting from frac sand mining, tar sands pipelines, concentrated animal feeding operations, lead piping, and now the potential for industrial acid mining to return. We must elect officials to local offices willing to do something to protect their community and their constituents. It is time to ask the individuals on your local ballot "Are you a Wisconsin Water Warrior"?
CWC has created 2 main questions to help you decide if your potential candidate is aware of water conditions in your area and a way to share your results with others. We are asking citizens from across the state, in every county, to rise to the occasion and question local candidates over and over again until Water Warriors are clearly identified. Do your part and share your results by following the simple steps outlined below.
Identify your County Board candidates
Use the link above to locate the list of individuals running for County Board in your area. A link to County Clerk information is also provided if unable to locate contact information for your candidates.
Record your candidate's responses
Use the link above to record candidate responses to the two key water questions provided below. We encourage candidates to be asked the questions more than once and by multiple constituents.
- 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 (not just within assigned district)? What areas have drinking water concerns and what are those concerns?
- As an elected official what will you do to protect drinking water in your county for the health, safety, and welfare of your constituents?
Review previous responses
Check back often to see responses from all over the state on potential candidates. Encourage family, friends, and neighbors from all over Wisconsin to be active and connect with their local candidates.
Together we can make clean drinking water the # 1 campaign issue of 2018.
Help Us Find Your Wisconsin Water Warrior. Become a Water Champion in Your Community.
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