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April 2014
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DSORe eNews Vol.9 S916

Posted By on April 18, 2014



Posted By on April 17, 2014

WRVO Radio

Results for POLL S915

Do you believe the Deer Management Assistance Program will have a beneficial impact on Wisconsin’s deer herd?

Results of DSORe POLL S912

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Is the DNR doing enough to control septic waste?

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Septic sewage disposal: DNR Safe in WI …?

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Marathon County septage hauler fined for disposal violations

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – A Marathon County septic tank pumping and disposal firm has been fined $1,735 for multiple violations of state laws in place to protect human health and safety, to protect groundwater and surface water, and to minimize nuisance conditions.

Zabler Transport LLC was found guilty in Marathon County Circuit on two violations resulting from citations from the Department of Natural Resources for failing to obey disposal and pathogen control requirements.

The company was ordered to pay $1,735 in penalties.

“Septage spreading is environmentally beneficial when done properly,” said Jeanne Calhoun, a DNR wastewater specialist and the septage coordinator. “We save energy and reduce pollution when nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus can be reused. But when regulations are ignored there is a potential for harm.”

Septage is defined as the contents from septic or holding tanks, privies, grease interceptors and portable restrooms. The DNR regulates licensed septage businesses to protect human health and safety, to protect groundwater and surface water, and to minimize nuisance conditions. Operators must pass exams and pursue continuing education credits in order to be certified.

While some haulers dispose of septage at wastewater treatment plants, many use land spreading, in some cases because a treatment facility is not available but also to use the nutrients to fertilize crops. Haulers are required to follow specific application guidelines, based in part on crop harvesting cycles, and to use one of three approved processing or treatment methods to render the material safe. Records for each batch must be kept for five years. Land spreading sites must be left free of litter.

In the Marathon County civil case, Zabler Transport spread a load of holding tank waste on a partially snow covered, frozen field, which is not allowed under state rules. The field in question was only approved for use when vegetation was present. By spreading on a snow covered, frozen field, the potential for harmful run off increases.

The DNR resolves violations through a “stepped enforcement” process employing the lowest level appropriate for the circumstances. Enforcement letters and conferences achieve voluntary compliance for most minor violations. More significant or repetitive violations may result in the issuance of civil citations or in prosecution by the state Department of Justice. In many cases, such as this one, multiple tools such as these are used to achieve compliance.

“Citations were not the first step in this case,” Calhoun said, “the DNR is willing to work with operators who ask for help, and if the violations are not too serious, penalties can be avoided.”

Additional violations could lead to revocation of the business license, revocation of operator certification or both.

In addition to investigating citizen complaints, specially trained DNR teams are now conducting county-wide audits of septage haulers. Inspecting multiple companies within a similar timeframe makes the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars, provides a more consistent approach to regulation and helps improve voluntary compliance through education.

In addition to health and safety issues, and concerns about pollution, the DNR recognizes the value of fair competition in the market place. Businesses that operate out of compliance can achieve a competitive advantage over businesses that follow the rules. An increased presence by the DNR, and the use of multiple tools to achieve compliance, helps level the playing field, allowing well-run businesses and their employees to stay on the job.

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For further information contact:

  • Jeanne Calhoun, DNR Septage Coordinator and Wastewater Specialist, Black River Falls – (715) 284-1482
  • Fred Hegeman, DNR Wastewater Engineer, Madison – (608) 267-7611
  • Kevin Harter, DNR communications, Eau Claire – (715) 839-3715


NEXT WEEK: Results for POLL S916

DSORe eNews Vol.9 Issue s915

Posted By on April 10, 2014




Posted By on April 10, 2014

WRVO Radio

Results for POLL S914

Would you support legislation to authorize banning deer baiting and feeding statewide 10 days before and during the 9-day gun deer season?

Results of DSORe POLL S912

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Do you believe the Deer Management Assistance Program will have a beneficial impact on Wisconsin’s deer herd?

Take the POLL: VOTE!
DMAP – Beneficial to Wisconsin deer herd …?

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Deer Management Assistance Program


The Wisconsin Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) provides habitat and herd management assistance to landowners interested in managing their property for wildlife. The department will assist landowners with the implementation of forest regeneration and deer hunting practices that will emphasize property goals while considering the ecological and social impacts of white-tailed deer.

DMAP core values

The program is a cooperative effort between the DNR, landowners and hunters and is grounded on many core values.

White-tailed deer are an important wildlife species in Wisconsin and should be held in high esteem.

All wildlife is held in the public trust for the benefit of all people.

Habitat and population management practices for deer will benefit forest plant communities and additional wildlife species.

DMAP program information

Wildlife and forestry professionals will work with landowners to develop consistent and achievable goals for the property. In return, cooperators will share information, collect biological data and participate in annual meetings and workshops. This one-on-one relationship, stressing communication and cooperation, makes DMAP a flexible and effective deer management program.

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NEXT WEEK: Results for POLL S915