EPA holds water quality meeting in Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- Locals are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the water quality in rural communities.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency held the meeting at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire Tuesday.The meeting focused on the threats to clean water in Wisconsin. It comes after several companies have announced plans to introduce massive factory farms near important waterways.

Organizers of the event in Eau Claire are urging the EPA to take action to protect water and rural economies.

"The question becomes who is going to help people keep the drinking water safe? Who's going to help keep the lakes in the state clean the streams running? There's a huge problem," Mary Dougherty of Bayfield said.

Organizers are calling this a constitutional problem, stating the water belongs to all of us.

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