09.07.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Drinking Water Supply Program for Kewaunee County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded today’s announcement that clean drinking water will be provided to residents of Kewaunee County with contaminated wells. Last month, Senator Baldwin convened a roundtable with federal officials, local leaders and concerned citizens to discuss actions to improve water quality in Kewaunee County.

“I’ve heard directly from Wisconsinites in Kewaunee County who are living without clean drinking water and I’ve been working to make sure their voices are heard and that their concerns are being addressed seriously and swiftly,” said Senator Baldwin. “I applaud Peninsula Pride Farms for taking on this challenge and helping ensure Kewaunee County families have access to clean water. This drinking water supply program is an important step to acting on the recommendations made by the Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup. There is still much work to be done and with the constructive conversations and actions that we’ve had in Kewaunee County, I look forward to further progress.”

The new program to supply clean drinking water in Kewaunee County, called Water Well, was announced Wednesday by Peninsula Pride Farms, a farmer-led conservation group. The group will provide emergency supplies of clean water to residents with contaminated wells and also help them establish a longer-term solution, such as a filtration system.  

In August, Senator Baldwin was joined by federal officials and Kewaunee Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup participants, including concerned citizens, members of the agriculture community and environmental stakeholders to discuss the recommendations for federal action made by the Workgroup. Attendees included representatives from the EPA, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Geological Survey’s Wisconsin Water Science Center, Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Kewaunee County and UW-Discovery Farms.