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PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION
April 19, 2020 – Newsletter
COVID-19 – Some State DNR Launches Closed
We received the following information through a legislate liaison to the DNR.
Property Owners Association – Annual Meeting
Water Quality Study
We are happy to report SEWRPC GIS staff has updated the Big Cedar Lake watershed land use information. Using this updated information, they produced new land use maps of the Big Cedar Lake watershed. They are using this land use data to inform the pollutant loading model and comparing the model’s output with other pollutant loading information. They also mapped the conservation and stormwater management practices that were identified in the watershed. All this information will be incorporated into a brief memorandum. It will document changes in land use and pollutant loading between 2000 and 2020. In addition, it will document the implemented pollutant load reduction practices. SEWRPC expects to have a draft memorandum prepared by early May.
The information from this study is an important tool for municipalities or conservation groups to identify both point and nonpoint water pollution sources. That information is used to form effective pollution abatement measures. These measures might include such items as requirements for stormwater plans by a builder or developer. It might indicate if retention ponds are effective or maintenance such as dredging is warranted. Retention ponds are primarily used to help improve the quality of runoff from residential areas, roads, parking lots, and commercial areas. They reduce peak stormwater runoff rates by providing temporary water storage during heavier storms.
Wisconsin Lakes Conference
The conference focused on Clear Act Senate Bill SB302. The purpose of the act is to limit the amount of per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the state. These are called “forever chemicals” because they do not breakdown over time. This group of chemicals can harm human health and the environment. They are present in some waterproof clothing, food packaging, and paper products. The bill is likely to come before the state senate in January 2021.
We urge all Town of West Bend residents to look for that mailing and determine what action is appropriate for them.
Big Cedar Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District
Town of Polk
Town of Hartford
Aquatic Invasive Species – Report