County to contribute $600K to cleaning up waterways

3 communities will work to reduce pollution in lakes, river, conservancy
County to contribute $600K to cleaning up waterways

More than $600,000 in county funds will help pay for water pollution-reduction projects across local communities in Dane County, according to a release.

County Executive Joe Parisi announced Monday that Dane County and Middleton, Monona and DeForest will work together on projects that will stop tens of thousands of pounds of sediment from getting into local waterways.

The three projects will cost over $1 million and will construct systems to capture runoff that gets into lakes Mendota and Monona, the Yahara River and the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, according to the release. The communities participating in the projects will cover the remaining costs of the projects.

“Working together to invest in cleaner lakes and rivers is good for our communities, our economy and helps ensure future generations have the opportunity to enjoy these waters,” Parisi said in the release. “Through these partnerships, Dane County and its communities are both enhancing the quality of life for our families and protecting natural resources we so deeply value.”

The city of Middleton will get almost $400,000 to redesign and reconstruct two detention basins, which will prevent nearly 27,000 pounds of sediment from entering Lake Mendota and Pheasant Branch Conservancy, according to the release.

The city of Monona will get just over $360,000 to install two storm water treatment structures to improve the quality of run-off that goes into Lake Monona, according to the release. The project is estimated to capture more than 8,500 pounds of pollution and sediment that currently gets into the lake each year.

The village of DeForest will get $100,000 for a storm water improvement project in the downtown, officials said. Runoff from the area is currently piped directly into the Yahara River, but once the work is complete, an estimated 4,850 pounds of sediment and 14 pounds of phosphorus per year will be kept out of the river.

Parisi’s 2015 county budget also includes an additional $1 million in county funds to partner with local communities that are looking to make storm water run-off improvements to benefit water quality.