Our lakes are among our most valuable assets. But they are being hurt by the impact of agricultural runoff, yard waste, and garden fertilizers. We can improve water quality in our lakes with better habits at home. But we will need to work with farmers outside Madison to have the biggest impact.
The need to work closely with Dane County and other community stakeholders is clear. As chair of the Sustainable Madison Committee and Executive Director of a water policy organization, I’ve seen the progress we can make working together on protecting our water resources. As mayor, I will continue to build strong relationships between the city and county to make headway on this critical problem.
Madison can explore market-based approaches that leverage the purchasing power of our community to reduce agricultural runoff. We must also ensure that Madison drinking water is the best in the state.