Gov. Evers, DNR Secretary Designee talk need for focus on clean water

One of the main priorities Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers pointed out during his first state budget proposal is a new clean water initiative.

Evers’ plan calls for 5 new scientists at the Department of Natural Resources devoted to studying water quality and contamination issues. They will also be looking at everyday issues that may prevent some communities from getting clean drinking water

Evers and his designated DNR secretary toured the state Friday, pushing for this and the other proposals.

“Safe drinking water is the foundation of public health. If we don’t have safe drinking water people will get ill. And quite frankly, it’s an economic development initiative. Who would want to move to where contaminated water is abundant? We want people in the state of Wisconsin to have abundant, clean water,” said Wisconsin DNR Secretary Designee Preston Cole.

Former Republican Governor Scott Walker’s budgets cut nearly 250 DNR positions over 8 years.

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