Follow-Up to "What's In Your Water" Event

Followup to April 11, 2015, What's In Your Water Event. 

Responses to questions from participants:

1) What to do if you see septic haulers spreading "raw sewage" on farm fields? FIRST, don't panic. Just because it's a septic hauler does NOT mean it's spreading RAW sewage! Many sewage treatment plants have agreements with septic haulers to clean out their tanks, then fill them with the "biosolids" that remain after treatment of the sewage sludge. This end product is then applied as fertilizer to the fields of farmers who are paying for the privilege!

However, to be SURE, call 1-800-847-9367, the Wisconsin DNR hotline to report an environmental violation. Be prepared with the following information: 

  1. When did the violation occur? Please provide date, time, and how long the violation has been occurring, if possible.
  2. Address.
  3. Township or city nearest to where violation occurred.
  4. County in Wisconsin.
  5. Additional location information (be as specific as possible) - GPS coordinates, landmarks, intersections, etc.
  6. People involved (NOT you) Name(s) and description(s) of those involved.
  7. Describe the vehicle(s) (type, color, make, model, stickers, damage, custom work, etc). Include the business name on the truck if you can see it.
  8. License Plate / Registration number. 
  9. Describe any equipment used: (weapons or other equipment).
  10. Please provide any additional information that may assist the Law Enforcement Officer with the investigation.
  11. IF YOU CAN SNAP A PICTURE, IT WOULD BE GREAT!!!! And tell the operator that you did that.
  12. To report online rather than call, go to

For more information on what septic operators have to do to obey the law, check out: Septic Operator Regulations.

Documents included in packet of materials handed to participants:

Manure Contamination of Rural Wells 


Senate Assembly Committees Other State Gov’t Resources Other Resources 

Village of DeForest elected and appointed officials

Who Are the DeForest Area Progressives 

Windsor Town Board and other elective offices

Documents available on front side table:

Midwest Environmental Associates Report - Protecting Wisconsin's Waters - WARNING - 71 page pdf!

Magnify Your Voice! Join a Grassroots Group in This Area!  

Statewide Threats to Our Water in Wisconsin 

Other resources: 

Center for Watershed Science and Education - UW Stevens Point

Chapter NR 809 SAFE DRINKING WATER What Wisconsin law allows in "safe" drinking water.

Clean Lakes Alliance (Madison)

Clean Wisconsin

Conservation Directory

Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds (and Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commission)

Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters

How to Save Water  A link from the GRACE Communications Foundation

Metrogro Brochure What the "biosolids" program of the Madison Metropolitan Waste Water Treatment District is.

Metro Water Districts General information about the Madison Metropolitan Waste Water Treatment District.

Midwest Environmental Advocates

Sewage Sludge Information about "biosolids"

Sierra Club-John Muir Chapter (State of WI) - 4 Lakes Group (Madison Area) 

Storm Water Tool-Kit

Token Creek Conservancy Trail Map 

Token Creek Watershed Association and Token Creek Conservancy

Yahara Lakes Legacy Partnership (hosted by Dane County Office of Lakes & Watersheds)

page updated 9/22/2017