If the DNR had its way, the city of Green Lake may have to spend a few million dollars to reduce the amount of phosphorus the wastewater treatment facility discharges into the Puchyan River.

   But the city isn’t going to allow that to occur without a fight.

   The city is in the process of renewing a permit for its wastewater treatment plant, which will establish the phosphorus discharge limit and conditions for the facility.

   The limit may be decided based on a recent total maximum daily load (TMDL) study the DNR conducted of the upper Fox and Wolf rivers basins, which is used to determine how much phosphorus the watershed can handle and the discharge limit for farms and municipalities.

   A stricter limit for the Green Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility could mean the need to spend $4 million to upgrade or install a filtration system to meet that limit, explained Green Lake public works Director Glen McCarty at Monday night’s Green Lake City Council meeting.

   However, Green Lake City Clerk/Treasurer Barb Dugenske noted the city believes “this is too costly.”

   That is why, in a unanimous vote, the City Council approved a draft of a letter that will be sent to the DNR delineating the city’s arguments against a stricter discharge limit.

   Read the full story, which includes the city's argument against the strict phosphorous limits, in the Jan. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.