As our WI/Midwest drought continues from summer into winter, I wonder about our clean water, our polluted water, and how we Wisconsinites are making choices about water use. One issue we can control is the re emergence of wanting to do major mining up in Northern WI makes me wonder if that is a wise decision. Sure people sell it as jobs issues, and though there some questions about that being true in the long run, but a more serious overarching question to me is: how will our underground and our waterways be affected/depleted by mining? Is quickly pulling hundreds of thousands of gallons of clean water out of our aquifers to be briefly used (and contaminated) for non-drinking/farming use really a wise idea? And where will this used up polluted water be dumped? Into rivers and steams for further pollution?
We are the stewards of water. Our adult bodies are 60% water. We live in a closed eco-system. There is no new water on Earth. We need to make our best decisions about how to: use water, conserve water, and clean up polluted water, to insure drinking water for us and our future generations to live.