DNR welcomes public comments on Dane County water quality plan amendment

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  1. By South Central Region March 12, 2015

    Contact(s): Tim Asplund, DNR section chief for water quality monitoring, 608-267-7602, [email protected]; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, [email protected]

    MADISON, Wis. -- The City of Fitchburg has asked the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to review a proposed sewer service area amendment that adds some 986 acres to the central urban service area of the Dane County water quality management plan.

    The area covers the Fitchburg Northeast Neighborhood, a development that is being presented in phases. It contains unique elements that incorporate diverse features and open space ideas.

    The proposed development is adjacent to tributaries to Lake Waubesa including Swan Creek and Nine Springs Creek near which diverse high quality wetlands are located.

    DNR is reviewing the proposed amendment both as a whole and in the specific phases of development as presented in the amendment request. The department anticipates issuing a decision this spring.

    Under the Clean Water Act, DNR maintains the state's area water quality management plan. The Fitchburg northeast neighborhood amendment is proposed as an addition to the Dane County portion of the statewide area water quality management plan. Under this program, the department reviews proposals for 20-year sewer service area boundaries for conformance with water quality standards and to ensure that environmentally sensitive areas are excluded from sewered development and are protected.

    To learn more, visit dnr.wi.gov and search for "water planning in Wisconsin."

    How to submit public comments

    The DNR is interested in receiving public comments on the proposal and has opened a comment period from Thursday, March 12, through April 3. During this time, please send your comments regarding the proposed amendment to Lisa Helmuth at [email protected] or send written comments to:

    Fitchburg NE Neighborhood Public Comment
    Wisconsin DNR, C/O Ms. L. Helmuth, WQ/3
    PO Box 7921
    Madison, WI 53707-7921

    Last Revised: Thursday, March 12, 2015