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You know, I think, I think the infrastructure
fixes in particular, have opportunity to
drastically improve water quality in a very
fast, you know, very quick way and that's really
exciting. So, we're definitely hoping that
we can tap into existing funding sources
and get as many of these problems fixed that we can.
So, you know, there's only so much that we can
do as citizens and then the rest you know,
we're really gonna need, you know, municipalities
and others to help us with that work. And
that's, you know, that's significant work.
Jeff: Cheryl, can I make a comment?
Jeff: As a person that's sat in on the
budget hearings from MMSD a few weeks ago,
the thing that struck me about it is how
few of the members of the public actually
go to sessions like that and voice their
opinion about projects that involve huge
environment impacts and huge amounts of dollars.
And so, the point that I'd make, relative
to the comment about what can private
citizens do? If you think particular
investments make sense for your community,
to make sure that your local officials
know that, or to stay informed, and
spread what you know to other citizens.
It's actually hugely enforced.
I was amazed. I think there were four
people that morning, you know, and this
is 100's of millions of dollars being discussed.
So, you have more power than you think
because a lot of us don't make time to let our voices be heard.
[End of Audio]
Title: Watershed Action Teams in Action, Menomonee Watershed Action Team
Cheryl Nenn (Milwaukee Riverkeeper) and Jeff Martinka (Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc.) discuss the power of the people in making things happen for Menomonee River restoration projects.
Location: Milwaukee, WI, USA
Date Taken: 11/16/2010
Video Producer: Douglas A. Harned , National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA), USGS, North Carolina Water Science Center, Raleigh, NC
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Faith Fitzpatrick: Scriptwriter, Narrator, Scientist Consultant
Gerard McMahon: Producer
Douglas Harned: Producer, Video, Editor
Alan Cressler: Video
Luke McMahon: Video
Cheryl Nenn (Milwaukee Riverkeeper)
Jeff Martinka (Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc.)
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