WAUSAU — In January, Gov. Tony Evers declared 2019 the year of clean drinking water. But how far have we come?

At 10 a.m. today, Oct. 24, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Route 51” host Shereen Siewert welcomes Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Democratic State Rep. Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point for a conversation on current and potential legislation to minimize the potential health impacts of lead pipes and polluted wells in central and northern Wisconsin. Shankland serves as vice-chairwoman of the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality.

The program is the second of two programs on the clean water issue. In June, State Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, and Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, discussed their proposal to reduce nitrates in Wisconsin’s wells.

“Route 51” is heard Thursdays at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 101.3 & 91.9/Wausau, AM 930/Auburndale-Stevens Point, 99.1/Stevens Point, 100.9/Marshfield, 90.3/Park Falls, 89.1/Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, and 89.9/Rhinelander-Eagle River. It is re-broadcast Fridays at 7 p.m. on 90.9/Wausau. Program archives are available at wpr.org/route51.