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WI-fly  
#21 Posted : Tuesday, May 10, 2016 8:44:56 AM(UTC)
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trapper wrote:
Update @ TU work day on Spring Ck .Sat


Trap- Here are those details for Saturday on Spring Coulee. The only change is that Mike Leonard won't be there. His father recently passed away so he'll be with his family for a memorial service.

Edited by user Tuesday, May 10, 2016 8:48:09 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#22 Posted : Tuesday, May 10, 2016 4:08:25 PM(UTC)
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Paul Kraun,Vernon County Conservationist and Engineer will explain that this is a non-issue at work day on Sat. Representative Lee Nerison also stated to me that this is a very workable situation.
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#23 Posted : Saturday, May 21, 2016 3:30:59 AM(UTC)
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where are we at with this issue?
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#24 Posted : Saturday, May 21, 2016 6:13:57 AM(UTC)
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derdmann wrote:
where are we at with this issue?
Doug


Doug- Haven't heard anything new. I will keep this thread up to date when I hear anything else.
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DanE  
#25 Posted : Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:17:32 AM(UTC)
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Hot off the presses.

Dear correspondent:

Thank you for commenting on the proposed wastewater outfall from the Viroqua treatment plant. Your comments have been placed in the official record and can be viewed at https://permits.dnr.wi.g...ges/Permit%20Search.aspx (search for Vernon County, Pending cases, and the name Grainger). I have read all the comments, and we will consider them as we review the permit applications.

The permit applications I am reviewing concern the physical outfall structure and stream crossing. I am also reviewing a separate application for riprap that would be placed in the unnamed tributary near the treatment plant. The standards for evaluating these applications are in Section 30.12(3m)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes:

(c) The department shall issue an individual permit to a
riparian owner for a structure or a deposit pursuant to an application
under par. (a) if the department finds that all of the following
requirements are met:
1. The structure or deposit will not materially obstruct navigation.
2. The structure or deposit will not be detrimental to the public
interest.
3. The structure or deposit will not materially reduce the flood
flow capacity of a stream.

Many of the comments we have received are related not to the physical structures but to the chemical and thermal properties of the wastewater. These issues are handled by DNR wastewater staff.

We have also received requests for a public informational hearing. We are planning a hearing where the Department will accept comments on both the waterway permit for the structures and the wastewater permit. This is tentatively planned for mid- to late July. The time and place of the hearing will be published in the Vernon County Broadcaster and on the DNR’s website, https://permits.dnr.wi.g...%20Notice%20Search.aspx. Type Grainger in the “By Applicant” text box to search.

Because this project involves overlapping responsibilities of two different DNR programs, we have designated Mike Vollrath as our spokesperson. If you have questions about the project please contact Mike at 715-839-3796 or michael.vollrath@wisconsin.gov.

Thanks again for your input and your passionate interest in Wisconsin’s water resources.


We are committed to service excellence.
Visit our survey at http://dnr.wi.gov/customersurvey to evaluate how I did.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
473 Griffith Ave., Wisconsin Rapids 54494
Phone: 715-421-7815
Fax: 715-421-7830
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#26 Posted : Friday, June 10, 2016 7:23:08 AM(UTC)
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Paul Krahn is the conservationist for Vernon County and he has intently studied the details with the waste water plant. Trapper and I both chatted with him a few weeks back as we were building some lunker structures on Spring Coulee. Paul is a guy we know, respect, and trust and his message to us can be summarized as "Nothing to worry about."

Paul shared this document from the City of Viroqua.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw-xmm-0DNbPSXVFcGtKMWlWdjg/view?usp=sharing

Most of my initial worries have been put to rest, but I still think a DNR hearing would be beneficial for all who are interested.
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DanE  
#27 Posted : Monday, September 12, 2016 11:24:05 AM(UTC)
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Just got this e-mail that the hearing is scheduled.

Dear Correspondents,
Below is the Notice of Public Hearing for the proposed WPDES permit modification for the City of Viroqua wastewater treatment facility and the Chapter 30 proposed intake outfall for the City of Viroqua.


STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
PUBLIC NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL HEARING AND INTENT TO MODIFY A WISCONSIN POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (WPDES) PERMIT No.WI-0021920-09-1
Permittee: Viroqua, City of, City Hall 202 N Main St., Viroqua, WI 54665
Facility Where Discharge Occurs: Viroqua Wastewater Treatment Facility, 1315 CTH B, Viroqua, WI
Receiving Water and Location: unnamed tributary to the Springville Branch of the Bad Axe River, in the Bad Axe River Watershed of the Bad Axe / La Crosse Rivers Basin located in Vernon County
Brief Facility Description: The City of Viroqua owns and operates a 0.60 MGD activated sludge type wastewater treatment facility with year-round UV disinfection, and a new design flow of 0.535 MGD. The facility had an actual annual average flow in 2011 of 0.343 MGD. The facility discharges to the unnamed tributary of the Springville Branch of the Bad Axe River. Wastewater treatment includes a conventional activated sludge process, fine screening, primary clarification, anaerobic digestion, and UV disinfection prior to discharge. Changes proposed for the permit modification include the addition of relocated final effluent outfall 005 which moves the discharge from upstream of fractured bedrock and groundwater to surface water with more restrictive limits. The new outfall requires the same monitoring requirements as the current outfall with the following additions: 1) addition of a weekly average effluent fecal coliform limit, 2) reducing BOD and TSS effluent limits with lower 15 mg/L weekly and monthly averages from 30 mg/L weekly averages, 3) addition of BOD effluent mass limits of 66 lbs/day weekly average, 4) new temperature monitoring, 5) new ammonia effluent limits of 14 mg/L weekly average and 5.8 mg/L monthly average, and 6) reducing final phosphorus effluent limits with lower 0.54 mg/L monthly average, and 0.17 mg/L, 0.75 lbs/day 6 month averages effective the next permit term.
Permit Drafter: Angela Parkhurst, DNR, WCR Headquarters, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701, (715) 839-3836, angela.parkhurst@wisconsin.gov
Basin Engineer: Julia Stephenson, DNR, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse, WI 54601, (608) 785-9981, julia.stephenson@wisconsin.gov
Proposed Modification: Relocating the facility effluent outfall to satisfy the requirements of the current permit’s compliance schedule that requires the prevention of the direct discharge to fractured bedrock and groundwater. All proposed effluent limits are either new effluent limits, the same as current limits, or more restrictive limits.
The Department has tentatively decided that the above specified WPDES permit should be modified.
Limitations and conditions which the Department believes adequately protect the receiving water are included in the proposed permit. Land application of waste shall be done in accordance with permit conditions and applicable codes. All land application sites shall be approved prior to their use. To receive a list of approved sites, or to be notified of potential approvals, contact the basin engineer.
Dissipative Cooling: The department may account for dissipative cooling of the permittee’s treated domestic sewage effluent in determining the need for sub-lethal temperature limits pursuant to s. NR 106.59, Wis. Adm.Code. Based on the department’s evaluation it has been determined that sub-lethal effluent limits for temperature are not necessary because the permittee’s effluent thermal load is adequately dissipated. Comments on this determination are requested.

Hearing Date, Time, and Location: Monday, September 26, 2016, 1:00-3:30 pm, Vernon Memorial Healthcare, Rooms A/B, 507 South Main Street, Viroqua, WI 54655
Hearing Officer: Mike Vollrath , DNR, WCR Headquarters, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701, (715) 839-3796, michael.vollrath@wisconsin.gov
The Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to Section 283.49, Wisconsin Statutes, has scheduled for the time and place listed above, a public hearing for the purpose of giving all interested persons an opportunity to make a statement with respect to the above announced permit action for this existing discharge. The Department is providing less than 30 days notice prior to the hearing for this permit action due to the request by citizenry to hold a hearing as soon possible regarding the proposed outfall structure (see “Notice of Public Hearing for Proposed Intake Outfall” below).

A hearing officer will conduct the hearing in an orderly and speedy way and will use procedures specified in Subchapter II of ch. NR 203, Wis. Adm. Code, necessary to insure broad public participation in the hearing. The hearing officer will open the hearing and make a concise statement of the scope and purpose of the hearing and shall state what procedures will be used during the course of the hearing. The hearing officer shall explain the method of notification of the final decision to grant or deny the permit and the methods by which the decision may be reviewed in a public adjudicatory hearing.
The hearing officer may put limits on individual oral statements to insure an opportunity for all persons present to make statements in a reasonable period of time and to prevent undue repetition. The hearing officer may also limit the number of representatives making oral statements on behalf of any person or group. Informational and clarifying questions and oral statements shall be directed through the hearing officer. Cross‑examination shall not be allowed.
Persons wishing to comment on or object to the proposed permit action are invited to do so by attending the public hearing or by submitting any comments or objections in writing to the Department of Natural Resources, at the permit drafter’s address. All comments or suggestions received from members of the public no later than 7 days following the date of this public hearing will be used, along with other information on file and testimony presented at the hearing, in making a final determination. Where designated as a reviewable surface water discharge permit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowed up to 90 days to submit comments or objections regarding this permit determination.
Information on file for this permit action, including the draft permit, fact sheet and permit application, may be inspected and copied at the permit drafter’s or basin engineer’s office, Monday through Friday (except holidays), between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please call the permit drafter or basin engineer for directions to their office location, if necessary. Information on this permit action may also be obtained by calling the permit drafter at (715) 839-3836 or by writing to the Department. Reasonable costs (usually 20 cents per page) will be charged for copies of information in the file other than the public notice, permit and fact sheet. Permit information is also available on the internet at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/...ater/PublicNotices.html. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be made to qualified individuals upon request.
WI-fly  
#28 Posted : Monday, September 12, 2016 11:31:15 AM(UTC)
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I just got that too. Thanks for posting Dan.
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