Protecting Your Water Presentation Feb. 25

Though Wisconsin’s water resources appear plentiful, there is growing concern over our most important resource.

Door and Kewaunee Counties are faced with significant challenges in trying to protect ground and surface water because of the karst topography underneath our communities and countryside. This unique bedrock structure and this area’s shallow soil layer create significant hazards to the health and livelihoods of its citizens and businesses.

The League of Women Voters of Door and Kewaunee Counties, Door County Environmental Council, and Sustain Door are co-sponsoring a program to explore the nature of this risk to water quality in Northeast Wisconsin and a proposed legislative tool-kit that can allow counties to protect their water.

Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, is the location for the three-part program. At 6:30 pm student volunteers with the Niagara Escarpment Awareness Team (NEAT) will demonstrate how the local karst topography affects the water quality in our wells. At 7 pm, the program moves into the John and Helen Collins Learning Center where guest speakers Melissa Malott, Water Program Director for Clean Wisconsin, Inc. and Denny Caneff, Executive Director of the Wisconsin River Alliance, will explain what can be done to create a special management zone in Northeast Wisconsin to address these risks. A question and answer period will follow.

Following the presentations and question/answer period, everyone is invited to interact with the speakers, local county conservationists, and the sponsors. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Crossroads. For more information, contact Barb Graul at 920.743.6843.