Access to clean and safe water will be top of mind for many Wisconsinites as we move into election season, writes the executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center for The Wisconsin Examiner.

For Wisconsinites living in the scenic Driftless Area, there is a problem with safe, clean drinking water, writes Howard Learner, the executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center for The Wisconsin Examiner.

He goes on to say that the organization knows the problem exists, has an understanding of what to do about it, but they are needing politicians to step up with regulatory policy actions and solutions.

The Action Fund for the center commissioned top researcher Ann Selzer to conduct a new poll of 601 registered voters in Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette and Richland counties. The results of the poll found that nearly nine in 10 southwest Wisconsin voters ranked drinking water quality as an issue that is important to them in higher numbers than infrastructure, health care, public education funding, and agricultural practices, Learner writes.

“People are aware of the recent reports finding extensive well water contamination, “ he writes. It explains, he says, why 89% of the people surveyed said safe, clean drinking water is their top-ranked issue deserving government action.”

Read more about the fight for clean, safe, drinking water in Southwest Wisconsin, here.