Where should state environmental officials focus their efforts to protect surface water quality over the next three years?
The Wisconsin DNR is currently reviewing state water quality standards and is asking the public for your input on a list of five water quality standards topics proposed as priorities for protecting Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers, streams, and springs.
The draft of the current Triennial State Review can be found here on the DNR website
You can download the pdf file and rank topic priorities in the document and send them to Marcia Willhite (contact below), the deadline is January 25th.
And/or you can simply send your comments directly to Marcia, the deadline is October 5th.
Marcia Willhite by email (Marcia.Willhite@wisconsin.gov), phone (608-267-7425) or by mail to Wisconsin DNR – WT/3, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.
A public hearing will be held on September 21, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. This hearing is for citizens to comment on or ask questions about the topics presented. Anyone who would like to participate is invited to join online through a webinar using the link posted on the DNR’s triennial standards review Web page, or in person at the DNR’s Madison office at 101 S. Webster St, Madison, in Room G27 in after signing in at the visitor’s desk.
We here at CSP believe strongly that nitrogen/nitrate criteria pollution needs to be highly prioritized (right now it is in”Group D” where “barriers to criteria development currently exist”.) This is unacceptable, as there are a plethora of scientific studies and knowledge of the dangers and effects of nitrogen pollution in our waters. It is all too common that nitrate pollution, often from agricultural runoff and manure spreading and spills, is degrading our water quality all over the state.