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:
- When did the violation occur? Please provide date, time, and how long the violation has been occurring, if possible.
- Township or city nearest to where violation occurred.
- County in Wisconsin.
- Additional location information (be as specific as possible) - GPS coordinates, landmarks, intersections, etc.
- People involved (NOT you) Name(s) and description(s) of those involved.
- 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.
- License Plate / Registration number.
- Describe any equipment used: (weapons or other equipment).
- Please provide any additional information that may assist the Law Enforcement Officer with the investigation.
- IF YOU CAN SNAP A PICTURE, IT WOULD BE GREAT!!!! And tell the operator that you did that.
- To report online rather than call, go to https://dnrx.wisconsin.gov/rav/
For more information on what septic operators have to do to obey the law, check out: Septic Operator Regulations.
QUESTION 2: How can I help prevent Water Diversion from our Great Lakes? Read instructions in red, please:
Even if Wisconsin approves the Waukesha diversion request, we still can appeal to the eight-state Great Lakes Compact Council which also must approve the diversion before it can happen. It is urgent we do this, we can still make our concerns heard, and we really must:
2) How to protest City of Waukesha bid to withdraw 10.1 - 16.7 million gallons of water from Lake Michigan? Express your concern via email to the:
Documents included in packet of materials handed to participants:
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!
Chapter NR 809 SAFE DRINKING WATER What Wisconsin law allows in "safe" drinking water.
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.
Sewage Sludge Information about "biosolids"
Sierra Club-John Muir Chapter (State of WI) - 4 Lakes Group (Madison Area)
Yahara Lakes Legacy Partnership (hosted by Dane County Office of Lakes & Watersheds)
page updated 6/1/2015
The latest attempt by Tiffany to preempt local control over the rights of local governments to regulate local health and welfare of their citizenry
will occur in FALL 2014 BUDGET bill negotiations.
The balance of this page will TEMPORARILY reflect the state legislature's RECENT history of attempts to override local control in the interests of their corporate paymasters!
PLEASE NOTE: This topic is so active, it could be updated a few times a week, JUST TO STAY MOST CURRENT. If you would like to help us do that, Please volunteer or mail the webmasters at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will show you the ropes and support you as you add to the info HERE so important to share!
This page content is provided with thanks to many people who testified at and reported on the hearing Monday March 3, 2014, INCLUDING State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, who arrived wearing several pounds of brace on her arm to testify in ringing tones about her opposition to this bill. Read her testimony in full below:
The following refers to the October,2013 hearing on SB349: Thanks to those who testified, or who rallied support for those who did come to the Capitol to beard the Senators in their den. In particular, I would like to thank the patience of those from the sand mining country who spent long hours on the bus from Chippewa county (among other places) and then had to leave without their voices being heard! Despite Senator Tiffany's best efforts to delay testimony from local folks living near the mines, some were heard!. And a special thanks to Rebecca Kemble (of MAMA) for most of the below links.
A bus load of people from NW Wisconsin headed out for Madison, WI, on Oct. 24, 2013 at 6 a.m. making scheduled stops along the way to pick up more friends. They were a adventurous, hearty and determined band of pioneers bound and determined to speak to the Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue (Chaired by Senator Tiffany) about Senate Bill 349 and how it will affect changes in their local towns, municipalities and counties if passed . Senate Bill 349 ( also called the "Regulatory Certainty Act", "Regulatory Uncertainty Act", "Regulatory Confusion Act", "The Moscow Model", "State Power-Grab", "Kneecapping Local Communities Act" during the day) was designed to give the state the power to take over regulations of non-metallic mines in WI in most every aspect. Counties and towns have been largely responsible for decision making regarding health, safety and welfare of their constituents, but this could all change. You should have copies of the bill in your email files as well as information from Ron Koshoshek about his interpretation (please check the past mailings). If you haven't already done so, please read the information so you can have a strong base of understanding about the bill do you can use it to write to legislators and the writers behind this bill, make statements to the media, or pen letters to the editor of your local, regional or state press!
We arrived about 9:40 a.m., a little after the hearings started, but the chair (Tiffany) allowed all the bill sponsors to speak well beyond the the 3 minutes that would have been allotted to the citizenry. Their basic premise was that there is currently a mix of local ordinances that make for an environment of uncertainty and instability for these financially strapped and struggling frac sand mines who were being exploited by bullying local townships. After prompting from Senator Jauch, none could come up with an example of a local ordinance that had overstepped its authority; neither could they give an estimate of how many local ordinances would become null and void if this legislation passed. By the time these people had finished, the bus riders had to return to their homes without a chance of speaking although we were promised they would fit us in .
We had experienced a full day and returned home into the setting sun and darkness exhausted, but motivated to continue on our way, to motivate local and county boards to stand up and take control of their own destinies. This state "power-grab" is still with us, but the voices in opposition must be heard loudly and clearly. If we continue to persist( and we must) on many fronts and remain vigilant, we remain have to remain hopeful that this bill will not pass. We who attended this session are dependent upon you to express your views, too.
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online blog from a member of their editorial board - the bill needs adjusting since it removes too much local control: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/229282561.html
From the same source, the League of Women Voters of Ashland and Bayfield counties write to oppose the bill: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/legislation-weakens-environmental-protections-b99127465z1-229296151.html
More from the same source: Sand mine bill author concedes changes are needed http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/sand-mine-bill-author-concedes-changes-are-needed-action-unlikely-until-2014-b99128280z1-229396271.html
From the Cap Times, Latest mining bill would mean no local oversight of 100 Dane County sites, including frac sand: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/writers/jessica_vanegeren/latest-mining-bill-would-mean-no-local-oversight-of-dane/article_763b81ee-3db1-11e3-a24f-0019bb2963f4.html
Since the argument IN FAVOR of the bill is that excessive regulation by local governments is strangling the industry, I am presenting the following joint labor-management editorial: from the Journal Sentinel online: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/businesses-workers-need-regulatory-certainty-b99127437z1-229295601.html
and another Journal Sentinel story: Sand mine bill hearing gets heated, while GOP senator expresses doubts http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/wisconsin-sand-mine-bill-hearing-is-expected-to-get-heated-b99126640z1-229090011.html
This video is from Wisconsin Voices, regarding the Glenwood City case where a group of citizens is trying to recall local officials over the issue of a local sand mine being permitted in close proximity to the local high school. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4wA305f3_U
Concerned, caring citizens group in northeastern Dane County WI-DeForest Area Progressives-come join us!
We are a great local group of Wisconsin progressives from the DeForest, Windsor, and Vienna area just north of Madison, WI. We are also part of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network. As a part of this larger network, we collaborate with other local groups of various types: widespread similar community grassroots groups, specific focus allied groups and national groups.
Our members and visitors emerge from those groups to teach and partner with each other. It is fulfilling, fun, and exciting to be connected with so many wonderful progressive citizens! A large proportion of our activities focus on participating in our community, county and state affairs. How we live and value the world around us is a strong aspect of bringing us all together. We do this in an effort to preserve and carry forward the traditional values of Wisconsin's history initiated by Senator Bob LaFollette! We really have fun while we take on projects and activities.
If you would like to know more about us, you are always welcome at our meetings:
Every Monday evening, 6:00pm.
Location to be announced each week by midweek.
Because we value community participation in our group,
here are our participation values:
- You are always welcome. There are no attendance frequency rules.
- No dues.
- Arrive when you can and leave when you need to.
- Our meetings last approx 90 minutes.
- We welcome and respect all points of view.
- There are no party affiliation requirements. Please note that Senator LaFollette was a Republican.
- We make freedom-valued action-decisions by consensus.
- We enjoy socializing with each other and build regular social nights into meeting schedules.
- We learn about issues affecting community,state, nation.
- We examine issues from the perspective of how they affect the freedoms we value.
- We take action on issues based on the goal of preserving and enhancing our freedoms.
- We want to have fun while serving our community.
- Our strongest focus is on what is happening in our community, County and State.
- We promote community education by offering events that advise and encourage participation in community,county, state and national citizenship.
- On this website you will find Grassroots Community Groups, Specific Focus Groups, Regional and National Associations we respect and often collaborate with.
- We endorse no political candidates because of their party affiliation.
- We will 'support' candidates we believe will protect and further progressive values.
The last two statements are not rules but show how we take action when we are well-informed and reach consensus.
Contact us at
Exciting Upcoming Events are found by clicking the Calendar Tab on the top of website.