Clean Water Advocates Trickle in to State Capitol

Baihly Warfield
April 19, 2017 10:16 PM

Clean Water supporters trickled in to the Minnesota state capitol Wednesday for Water Action Day. 

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Representatives from 40 groups came together. Lukas Leaf from Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters said even though each group may focus on a specific issue, they were all there for the same ultimate goal of clean water. 

"I think the beauty is everybody is on the same page," Leaf said. "It's nice to be around a large group like that that is like-minded that has all the same goals in mind."

Participants talked with legislators and heard from speakers like Gov. Mark Dayton, Winona LaDuke and Ann Bancroft. 

"We got great legislators who are here who have gotten the message already," Gov. Dayton said. "There's too many who have not, so talk to them, get your friends and neighbors to talk to them and tell them, we want clean water, we want action, and we want it now."

When people registered for Water Action Day, they wrote down who their representatives are so they could go to the meetings their local legislators were at. 

"I hope that they see that there's people out there willing to take action. That they hear voices," Leaf said. "When you're able to ... show how passionate you are about an issue, I think it really helps a lot."

Dayton declared 2017 the "Year of Water," and he has announced a goal to clean up Minnesota water 25 percent by 2025. Once legislators approve that, there will be listening sessions across the state. 


Baihly Warfield

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