Mike Bahrke, president of Door County Environmental Council, reports that two organizations – Door County Environmental Council and Door Property Owners, Inc., have announced intentions to merge their respective organizations. Bahrke said both organizations believe combining memberships and resources will provide a stronger voice in addressing urgent environmental matters. A primary focus for the merged organization will be protecting Door County ground and surface water from increasing levels of phosphorous, the spreading of untreated animal waste, and sulfide mining operations in environmentally sensitive areas. The organizations stated that by combining the two organizations under the Door County Environmental Council name, the merged groups will provide stronger advocacy for the environment during government meetings, in the media, and through educational programs. A series of “It’s Our Water” speaker programs are planned for 2018, including “The Waters of Green Bay;” “Impact of Water Pollution on Door County Tourism, Property Values, and Business;” “It’s Our Water: Speaker Panel;” “Health Effects from Water Contaminated with Pesticides, Insecticides, Fertilizers, Hormones, and Antibiotics;” and “High Capacity Wells.” Those interested in knowing more about the new organization are encouraged to visit dcec-wi.org.