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WI-fly  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 8:20:54 AM(UTC)
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DTA friends - This needs your immediate attention and your action by May 11.

The City of Viroqua has applied for permits to place an outfall structure on the bed of Springville Branch of the Bad Axe River in Vernon County. What this amounts to is, if the final permits are issued, the city will be able to discharge 350,000-385,000 gallons of waste water per day from its wastewater treatment plant directly into the Springville Branch headwaters through a pipeline connecting to the outfall structure. Previously the city discharged its wastewater in a manner that allowed most of the discharged wastewater to seep underground before it had a chance to enter the Springville Branch. DNR is not in favor of allowing the current method to continue because of nutrient contents in the wastewater that are not suitable to enter the ground water.

Wisconsin Trout Unlimited has sent a letter to the DNR requesting a public informational hearing on this permit. We are cautiously optimistic that a hearing will be scheduled and will notify our membership about date and time when and if a hearing is scheduled.

The State Council has learned that DNR is still accepting public comments on the permit applications. We are asking both our chapters and our individual members to make comments on the requested permits. BUT, the comment period is only open until May 11. By the time you read this there will only be a few days to make your comments.

Please see the two links below for talking points and more information. Share this post to make the public aware of this concern.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bw-xmm-0DNbPOFZjZ1JydnNHM2M

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bw-xmm-0DNbPWmZRZ0hERTBpbE0
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William Schlafer  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 9:34:23 AM(UTC)
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I'm only guessing, but I imagine that the alternatives for a small town like Viroqua for dealing with waste water discharge are prohibitively expensive. Excessive nutrients ending up in streams (and drinking water sources) are a big problem in many places.

Good thing the state did away with all those pesky DNR biologists who could advise us about the potential effects and risks.


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DanE  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 10:17:04 AM(UTC)
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Where do we make comments on this? Do you have a link to a specific area of the DNR website? (only asking because their site is a hot mess to find anything in). Or is this something where we need to make a call.

Unless Viroqua was trying to slide this completely under the radar, it seems a bit shortsighted of them to do this. I am sure they are well aware of what kind of impact the trout fishing community as a whole have on their economy.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 11:13:13 AM(UTC)
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Interesting that the local Viroqua newspaper website has no mention of this (as of today) but does list these two stories:

USDA Provides $7M For Wastewater Treatment Upgrades

Mississippi Valley Conservancy Receives $100K Grant For Kickapoo Watershed Project


Maybe some of that wastewater treatment money could be directed towards a better solution than dumping into Springfield Branch?


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WI-fly  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 11:25:50 AM(UTC)
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DanE wrote:
Where do we make comments on this? Do you have a link to a specific area of the DNR website? (only asking because their site is a hot mess to find anything in). Or is this something where we need to make a call.

Unless Viroqua was trying to slide this completely under the radar, it seems a bit shortsighted of them to do this. I am sure they are well aware of what kind of impact the trout fishing community as a whole have on their economy.


Dan,

Send your comments and questions right to Will Stites of the DNR. The two links I shared above have talking points if you want to follow that format.

Edited by user Wednesday, May 4, 2016 11:26:56 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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DanE  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 12:01:49 PM(UTC)
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WI-fly wrote:
DanE wrote:
Where do we make comments on this? Do you have a link to a specific area of the DNR website? (only asking because their site is a hot mess to find anything in). Or is this something where we need to make a call.

Unless Viroqua was trying to slide this completely under the radar, it seems a bit shortsighted of them to do this. I am sure they are well aware of what kind of impact the trout fishing community as a whole have on their economy.


Dan,

Send your comments and questions right to Will Stites of the DNR. The two links I shared above have talking points if you want to follow that format.



Perfect, thanks. I am just a little slow some days. ThumpUp
DanE  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 12:28:01 PM(UTC)
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As a TU member I just got this e-mail about a minute ago. Figured I would share it here too, for those that are not WI TU members.

YOUR HELP NEEDED

WE NEED THE HELP OF ALL OF OUR CHAPTERS, MEMBERS, AND FRIENDS on an important issue that has just come to the attention of Wisconsin Trout Unlimited.
The city of Viroqua has applied for permits to place an outfall structure on the bed of Springville Branch of the Bad Axe River in Vernon County. What this amounts to is, if the final permits are issued, the city will be able to discharge 350,000-385,000 gallons of waste water per day from its wastewater treatment plant directly into the Springville Branch headwaters through a pipeline connecting to the outfall structure. Previously the city discharged its wastewater in a manner that allowed most of the discharged wastewater to seep underground before it had a chance to enter the Springville Branch. DNR is not in favor of allowing the current method to continue because of nutrient contents in the wastewater that are not suitable to enter the ground water.


Wisconsin Trout Unlimited has sent a letter to the DNR requesting a public informational hearing on this permit. We are cautiously optimistic that a hearing will be scheduled and will notify our membership about date and time when and if a hearing is scheduled.



The State Council has learned that DNR is still accepting public comments on the permit applications. We are asking both our chapters and our individual members to make comments on the requested permits. BUT, the comment period is only open until May 11. By the time you read this there will only be a few days to make your comments.


The Council has a number of concerns about potential damage to both the Springville Branch and the North Fork Bad Axe below the Springville Branch confluence if 350,000-385,000 gallons per day of discharged wastewater are allowed to be pumped directly into the system.


You will be commenting on permits: IP-WC-2016-63-00769 and IP-WC-2016-63-00844.


Here are some talking points for your comments:


A. What will the impacts be to the stream bed and the trout habitat that would result from increasing the stream flow by as much as 385,000 gallons of waste water per day?
B. What will the impact be on spawning of brown trout and other fish that would result from the discharges?
C. What thermal impacts will there be to the stream as a result of the discharges? Will the ability of the stream to support a trout population be impacted by thermal changes?
D. Why the current practice of discharging the waste water in a way that lets it recharge the local aquifer is no longer acceptable. If there is a substance present in the effluent that makes it unsuitable to enter ground water, is it acceptable to allow it to be discharged into a class 1 trout stream?

E. Trout angling plays a major role in the economy of Viroqua and the surrounding area. If negative impacts to trout or trout habitat occur on Springville Branch and North Fork Bad Axe as a result of wastewater discharges, what would the impact be on the trout angling economy in the surrounding area?

Your comments should be sent to: Mr. Will Stites
Water Management Specialist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Email address: Will.Stites@Wisconsin.gov
Again, this is very important, and we need all of our chapters, members, and friends to act. Please take time to produce a letter commenting on and questioning the possible impacts to one of the premier fisheries in the Driftless Area.
EddieRivard  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 1:07:46 PM(UTC)
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I've heard of instances where this type of discharge can be beneficial to the health of a trout stream depending in the temperature of the water being discharged. Modern water treatment has good technology. Often the water being discharged is cleaner than the water that is already in the stream.
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 1:24:25 PM(UTC)
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EddieRivard wrote:
I've heard of instances where this type of discharge can be beneficial to the health of a trout stream depending in the temperature of the water being discharged. Modern water treatment has good technology. Often the water being discharged is cleaner than the water that is already in the stream.

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
William Schlafer  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 1:31:51 PM(UTC)
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EddieRivard wrote:
I've heard of instances where this type of discharge can be beneficial to the health of a trout stream depending in the temperature of the water being discharged. Modern water treatment has good technology. Often the water being discharged is cleaner than the water that is already in the stream.


I was going to mention that also.

This is big issue here in the SE part of Wisconsin. The city of Waukesha is trying to convince the Great Lakes officials to allow them to divert water from Lake Michigan to mix with their well water. Randon is a big problem here and mixing it with clean water lowers the levels to acceptable values.

To comply, Waukesha would have to return treated sewage water to the Lake Michigan basin. One of their sales pitches is that the treated water would be cleaner than the water they bring in. Lots of debate about that and the effect of dumping that water into streams and rivers flowing back into Lake Michigan.

NY Times - Waukesha Plan For Lake Michigan Water Raises Worries


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