Our Environment

We have no option to ignore the effects of climate change and pollution on our environment. We must keep working to make sure that we leave a better world for our state’s children.

 

Clean drinking water is so important for our health and safety. I supported efforts to bring resources from Madison to help replace lead pipes in our community and to assist homeowners to replace lead pipes in their homes. Lead is dangerous for our health and can cause developmental delays and learning difficulties for children. That’s why we must keep working on new plans and ideas to eliminate lead contamination.

 

I also supported a plan to clean up and prevent pollution from PFAS, sometimes known as “forever chemicals,” another water contaminant of concern. PFAS are found in all types of products, from cookware to clothing, and when consumed these chemicals can suppress humans’ immune system response.

 

I will continue fighting in Madison to bring back resources so we can eliminate lead, PFAS, and other toxins from our water.

 

Our city streets absorb a lot of heat from the sun and make the local environment warmer, this is dangerous for people, plants and animals, and results in wasted resources for air conditioning. To address this, I support utilizing state and federal resources to rebuild the tree canopy in urban areas and update streets to be more reflective of sunlight, and porus for absorbing water. More trees will make our community cooler, more beautiful, and provide habitat for wildlife.

 

In my time on the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, we accomplished significant work on projects to restore the Milwaukee Harbor and the Kinnickinnic River watershed.

Restoring the natural river in Pulaski, Jackson, and Wilson Parks and between 6th and 16th street, will reduce flooding and pollution from runoff, as well as improve the natural beauty of our local parks. Stop by Pulaski Park to see what one of these projects looks like as it nears completion!

 

I sponsored Senate Bill 425, which was signed into law by Governor Evers. This bill capitalizes on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to remove polluted sediments that have been stored in the lake and river bed going back to the 1800’s creating a much healthier estuary. These projects improve quality of life for locals, wildlife, and visitors, contributing to the Harbor District renaissance.