Clean Water Goals

Information session: August 24, 2022, 9 a.m. to noon • Town of Wyoming Town Hall, 6294 State Road 23, Spring Green.

The Town of Wyoming has a small wastewater treatment plant that is currently unable to meet its DNR permits for discharging nutrients into local surface waters. Most municipalities have addressed this situation in the past by increasing operational costs for wastewater treatment, continuing to pay penalties for noncompliance, or investing in a treatment plant redesign.

However, another option available in Wisconsin to satisfy the treatment plant’s nutrient reduction requirements involves municipal-agriculture partnerships that provide for “Nutrient Credit Trading.” This approach has been used successfully for years in the Yahara River watershed north of Madison (See Yahara WINS – Yahara Watershed – Clean Water https://yaharawins.org).

We believe this approach provides the greatest flexibility, cost savings, overall water quality improvement, and allows our community to step forward with direct action to improve our local waters.

This information session led by water quality experts from the Sand County Foundation and the WI DNR will explain the fundamental issues facing the Town, outline available options, and lay out a proposed solution with neighboring landowners, some who are presently engaged in farmer-led watershed partnerships.

The last hour of the session will be a brief field tour, an opportunity to visit some nearby applicable conservation practices for soil and phosphorous sequestration. 

If you live or work, own or manage land in the Town of Wyoming—or just want to learn more about citizen-led approaches to community water quality improvement– please consider attending.

Presented by: Sand County Foundation, Town of Wyoming Board, Spring Green Golf Course Sewerage District, Lowery Creek Watershed Initiative, Iowa County Conservation Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Contact: Bartlett Durand, bdurand@sandcountyfoundation.org, 608.333.1251; or Richard Cates, Supervisor, Town of Wyoming 608.588.2836