STEVENS POINT — George Meyer offered some insight at a recent roundtable discussion on political decision-making.

Meyer, one of the most respected voices on the environment in Wisconsin, said at the gathering here that recent — and rather sudden — interest in water quality by some Republicans in the Legislature is likely driven by internal polling identifying it as a big issue among voters. The former Department of Natural Resources secretary and current executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation said his organization and others have plans on the shelf if the Legislature is serious about attacking declining water quality across the state, especially in rural areas.

Meyer, a pragmatist and results-oriented leader, has long been willing to work with

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