Phosphorus Limits & Updated Solutions for Badger Mill Creek
Excess phosphorus is harming Wisconsin waters, making water quality standards increasingly restrictive. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) enforces these standards through the federal Clean Water Act and the state’s Phosphorus Rule, established on December 1, 2010. These rules set maximum thresholds for phosphorus in Wisconsin’s surface waters and set procedures through permits designed to help curb the growing issue. Due to Phosphorus Rule requirements, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District must develop a compliance solution for Badger Mill Creek, one of our discharge streams, through Project PLUS (Phosphorus Limits & Updated Solutions).
What is Project PLUS?
Reducing phosphorus pollution requires continual, long-term strategies, but all citizens can take action to protect our lakes and streams. Through technical assessments, community engagement and ongoing partner conversations, PLUS has three goals:
- Achieve phosphorus compliance standards.
- Minimize harm to the biology of the stream.
- Maintain fiscal responsibility to ratepayers and owner communities.
Updates as of September 12, 2023
At a Commission meeting in May 2023, the District pledged $1 million in funding to support the continued health and resiliency of Badger Mill Creek and its environmental corridor.
To understand local interests, challenges and opportunities, the District, with the assistance of a third-party facilitator, is convening a stakeholder group that includes both government and nongovernmental organizations. Participants will meet in person nearly monthly to prioritize interests and needs, which could include flow, habitat and other improvements.
The stakeholder group is tasked with developing a recommended portfolio of projects, which will be presented to the Commission for approval in Fall 2024.
- September 20, 2023: Stakeholder group convenes
- September 2023-August 2024: Stakeholder group participants meet to discuss prioritization and funding recommendations
- September 2024: Recommended project portfolio presented to the Commission
Thank you for your ongoing engagement, passion and participation in discussions about Badger Mill Creek. The District is fully committed to working closely with the community as we move forward. For continued updates on this project, sign up for our emails below (after FAQs.)
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