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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Meets with FDL County Officials

05-Sep-2019

Photo: Senator Tammy Baldwin talks with Fond du Lac County officials at the City/County Government Center Thursday afternoon. 


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin met with Fond du Lac County leaders Thursday to discuss how extreme weather caused by climate change has impacted Fond du Lac County and surrounding areas in recent years. Senator Baldwin tells us that part of the discussion she had with county officials included how to improve infrastructure to withstand severe weather events that are happening more often. “There’s a real federal role that these discussions help inform,” Baldwin said. “When we do a big infrastructure bill – which I hope will be soon – let’s talk about not just filling potholes and fixing things, but let’s talk about rebuilding to a greater level of resilience.”  


Additionally, Baldwin says she wants agencies like FEMA to keep mitigation in mind when communities are rebuilding damaged infrastructure. “I have seen communities rebuild the same road more than once - it’s been washed out more than once in an extreme weather event – because FEMA said you can’t improve the resiliency of this road, you have to replace culverts with the same size culverts – when a larger culvert might have made all the difference,” she said. “I want to see a responsive government, but also a more efficient use of our taxpayer dollars,” she added.


Part of the discussions Baldwin has been having with leaders around the state during the August recess also include various water quality issues, including drinking water contamination, harmful algae blooms and contaminated groundwater.

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