The 7th District is full of natural beauty. Streams, lakes and rivers that were here long before us. Many of us have grown up enjoying swimming, boating, and fishing in these waterways. Unfortunately, in the last 50 years many of our area’s water systems have been in steady decline due to misuse. Portions of many streams are now classified as impaired, and not considered a safe place for recreation. The biodiversity contained in our area’s water is being threatened by chemical and biological pollution. I refuse to stand by while irresponsible corporations and a few individuals continue to cause areas to be impaired.
Recreation is obviously not the only reason water quality is important, many of the 7th District’s municipalities rely on surface water (meaning water from streams, lakes, or rivers) for their water supply. The actions we take now will impact the water we leave our children.