TOWN OF HOLLAND — The Coulee Region Sierra Club will host a public forum on La Crosse County groundwater pollution from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Holland Town Hall, W7937 Hwy. MH. The forum is free and open to all.

Panelists will include state Rep. Steve Doyle, D-Onalaska, La Crosse County Board member Mike Giese and La Crosse County Health Department Director Jen Rombalski. Those who attend will be encouraged to ask questions, share their concerns, and find out how to join with others to work on local and statewide water solutions that prioritize the health of Wisconsin’s people and environment.

A water quality health advisory issued by the county health department in April 2017 warned some Holmen and Onalaska area residents that nitrate and bacteria levels in their wells might exceed state health limits. Those whose wells test high for nitrates are advised to use bottled water for drinking and cooking because of potentially serious health consequences including miscarriage, thyroid disease, diabetes and cancer.

This year the John Muir (Wisconsin) Chapter of the Sierra Club released a series of white papers about water quality and access in Wisconsin. The chapter’s state-wide water team is working to empower citizens and municipalities through legislation and activism.

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Randy Erickson, formerly the editor of the Onalaska Holmen Courier-Life and Coulee News, covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or randy.erickson@lee.net.

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