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.
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)
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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. We usually meet in the DeForest Area Public Library in one of the small conference rooms for about an hour. 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.
- 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 community, county, state, and national citizenship.
- 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.
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