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DSORe Poll S917

Posted By on April 24, 2014


Results for POLL S916

Is the DNR doing enough to control septic waste?

Results of DSORe POLL s916

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INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON – POLL s917

How do you rate trout fishing in Wisconsin?

Take the POLL: VOTE!
Trout fishing in Wisconsin … your rating?

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DNR plans to stock more than 316,000 catchable-size trout in inland waters

MADISON – More than 316,000 catchable size trout are being stocked in dozens of inland trout waters across Wisconsin before the May 3 inland fishing season opener. A list of waters receiving fish and how many were planned for stocking is now available online.

“Continuing ice cover on the lakes and difficult conditions at the lake access are delaying some of the planned stocking this year, but we’re still hoping to have everything done by the May 3 opener,” says David Giehtbrock, Department of Natural Resources statewide fish production manager.

“The upside is that while they wait to be stocked, these fish continue to grow bigger at our state fish hatcheries and will be ready for catching when conditions improve.”

Go to the DNR website, and search keyword fishing, and click on the trout stocking feature in the center of the page.

DNR fisheries crews have been stocking rainbow, brown, and brook trout raised at Nevin, Osceola and St. Croix Falls state fish hatcheries. They’ve also been working with fishing club volunteers, students, and others to help stock the fish raised under 21 cooperative rearing agreements with DNR.

More than 100,000 of the fish are to be stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes and ponds cooperatively managed with the local municipality and used as a place for fishing clinics and kids fishing. Many of these waters have already been stocked, including for last week’s free kids’ fishing clinics held at 17 locations in southeastern Wisconsin.

The rest of the trout are stocked in waters where the habitat is marginal and there is no natural reproduction. They are a small subset of the state’s overall trout treasury – more than 13,000 miles of classified trout water and trout populations that have generally increased statewide over the last 60 years.

Read, A Trout Treasury: Welcome to the good old days of trout fishing, in the April 2011 Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine to learn about the general, overall improvement in the total number of trout, and trout in all the size ranges since 1950.

Find links to downloadable and interactive maps of trout streams and other resources to help find places to fish on the inland trout page of the DNR website.

Read More …here and here

For further information contact:

  • Dave Giehtbrock – (608) 266-8229

 


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DSORe eNews Vol.9 S916

Posted By on April 18, 2014

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DSORe POLL S916

Posted By on April 17, 2014

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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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INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON – POLL s916

Is the DNR doing enough to control septic waste?

Take the POLL: VOTE!
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.

Read More…

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

 

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