Dear Editor: Regarding the recent Cap Times editorial “Push hard to keep Clean Water Rule”: I have fond childhood memories of growing up in Beloit and exploring the playground on Turtle Island and being dazzled by the annual riverfront fireworks display July 4. The arrival of summer sets in motion the boating, fishing and swimming seasons. What would the summer heat be like without the welcome respite offered by fresh water? Without the freedom to get our feet a little wet, or soak in the sun at the water’s edge?
Thanks to the Clean Water Act, we haven’t found out yet. It’s our responsibility — and in our best interest as parents and citizens alike — to make sure our children don’t find out either. We may not be able to agree on everything, but preserving our freshwater waterways for our children and grandchildren is assuredly in the best interest of everyone in the state.
From the banks of the Rock River to the arching shorelines of Lake Superior, ensuring Wisconsin’s waterways remain clean is too urgent a priority to ignore. In order to reinforce this message, I encourage all members of the public to voice their support for the health safeguards secured by the Clean Water Rule by contacting the local offices of Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Sen. Ron Johnson.
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