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Oscoda water activist selected to attend State of the Union

Members of 'Need Our Water' pose for a picture.

The State of the Union takes place tomorrow night, and Congressman Dan Kildee has decided to bring an Oscoda native.

Kildee will bring Cathy Wusterbarth to the speech on Tuesday night. Wusterbarth has been instrumental in advocating for clean water in Oscoda Township. She has also brought much needed exposure to the PFAS contamination around Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

“I am honored to welcome Cathy Wusterbarth, an important leader in our community, to the State of the Union address,” Congressman Kildee said in press release. “For years, Cathy has worked to ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water. Because of Cathy’s advocacy, the state and federal government have started to act to protect public health from dangerous PFAS chemicals. I am proud to recognize Cathy’s tireless advocacy and will work alongside her to make sure that Congress more urgently acts to clean-up contamination in Oscoda and other sites across the country.”

Wusterbarth formed the community action group “Need Our Water” to advocate for cleaner water in Michigan.