EagleHerald Staff Writer

PESHTIGO—A Town of Peshtigo opinion poll that collected information from town residents impacted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination indicates some interest in water sourced from the City of Marinette and a desire for more information regarding this potential water supply option.

Over half of the respondents to Town of Peshtigo Supervisor Kristen Edgar’s survey said they were not very knowledgeable regarding the impacts on taxation and land usage that would accompany possible annexation to the City of Marinette as part of a water solution with the city. A vast majority of respondents were interested in receiving more information regarding the effects of annexation. Although they were not included in the survey results, residents living outside the settlement area who responded to the poll also indicated a desire for more information.

About half of the survey participants responded that they were “extremely” or “somewhat” uninterested in the City of Marinette as a water source option if annexation is required. The other half indicated that they were “extremely” or “somewhat” interested in a water solution with the city regardless of annexation or that they needed more information before making a judgement. Some respondents were neutral on the matter.

A majority of participants responded that an acceptable level of PFAS in a municipal water supply would be no PFAS at all. The City of Marinette has low levels of PFAS in its municipal water supply, according to the city’s latest sampling data. On the other hand, two wells in the City of Peshtigo did not contain detectable quantities of PFAS, according to the city’s 2019 sampling results. The remaining well contained a minimal amount of the PFAS compound perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA).

Edgar noted that this poll only collected responses from 50 individuals in the relevant area—three via a hardcopy questionnaire and the remainder through an online survey—and that it does not represent a formal, comprehensive dataset. She said a survey would need to be conducted with all impacted residents to better understand their preferences for a long-term water supply.