A group of people from Scandia, Marine and Stillwater went to the State Capitol for Water Action Day on Wednesday 5/2 to talk with our legislators about the importance of science based water policy and several bills proposed to eliminate environmental protections.
Both Representative Bob Dettmer and Senator Karin Housely welcomed us, but had little time to engage with us. However, we were very disappointed to find out that they had already voted yes for SF2983/HF 3280, bills that will remove the existing sulfate water standard law that was a science-based standard with citizen input passed into law over 40 years ago. Sulphate pollution increases mercury contamination of fish, impairs wildlife habitat and decimates wild rice.
I am truly frightened by the number of laws that are being repealed by legislators and administratively eliminated at the federal level. These laws were based on significant evidence and put in place to protect wildlife habitat and our air and water quality