The quality of our water is crucial to our city. Aquifer contamination, water filtration needs, disinfection byproducts, groundwater recharge, and shoreline protection are areas of increasing concern in our developing urban environment. Poor air quality contributes to increased rates of cancer, heart disease, lung disease and asthma. As alder, I will continue to work to support stronger liaison between urban planning, development, and strategic water planning and aquifer protection. I will continue to work with the Madison Committee on the Environment and other alders toward a stronger idling ordinance to contribute toward improved air quality.