Greg Griswold and Therese Povolo, Champion Hill Farm

“Fresh water is a public resource, and as a world commodity it is in small supply. We feel fresh water should be protected at all costs, and remain as a public commodity, rather than a private commodity. As beekeepers, enmeshed in the world of agriculture, we are constantly aware that honeybees play a crucial role in pollinating a large portion of the food us humans consume. Just as we need water as part of our nutritional needs, so does the honeybee. In order to stay healthy honeybees need one third pollen, one third nectar, and one third water. They get these resources through diverse wild habitats free of insecticides, fungicides, and pesticides; as well as having the availability of prevalent natural sources of unpolluted fresh water. Line 5 threatens this valuable resource.”