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Neillsville City Council Discusses Phosphorous Plan
Friday, August 11th, 2017 -- 10:38 am
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director

-The Neillsville City Council discussed the Phosphorous Plan during the Public Works portion of the meeting on Tuesday.

A representative with MSA was on-hand at the meeting and had with her a $3,500 contract for a multi-discharge variance in regards to the amount of phosphorous the city expels with the water system. The DNR has created new rules requiring municipalities to cut the amount of phosphorous expelled from their water systems. This new variance would have seen the city pay a “fine” for the difference of the city’s phosphorous level compared to what the DNR expects, with those number being .46 and .2 respectively. The cost would be $50 per pound with Neillsville’s cost equaling out to $20,000 by the end of the year. That money would go to the county, if they participate in the program, and would be used for ways to cut down on phosphorous levels in county waterways.

However, the city tabled the item instead of approving it because they wanted to get a definitive answer from the DNR regarding a previous economic variance they applied for and already spent money on. Even though the representative was told the city probably wouldn’t get it, the city decided they wanted a response, in writing, from the DNR saying they didn’t receive before they approve to spend any more money on the plan.

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