NEW Water - The brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District - 2018 Annual Report - Page 10



The Land & Water
Connection
Impaired waterways in Northeast Wisconsin have sparked more stringent
limits on phosphorus and sediment discharge for point source utilities
like NEW Water. As part of an alternative compliance option, the state
of Wisconsin allows point sources to work in the watershed to achieve
permit compliance at a lower cost, with more environmental gain.
In 2014, NEW Water entered into watershed work, or Adaptive Management,
with a pilot project in Silver Creek, a 4,800 acre sub-watershed dominated
by agricultural land. This project aims to improve conservation and soil
health, which in turn prevents runoff and improves area waters.
In 2018, best management practices implemented included grassed
waterways, no-till practices, filter strips, wetland construction, and cover
crops, in addition to the execution of conservation and enhanced nutrient
management plans.
Healthy land and water leads to an improved ecosystem, which yields
opportunities for habitat and wildlife to thrive.
On the heels of the successful pilot project in Silver Creek, NEW Water
is moving full scale into watershed work in the Ashwaubenon Creek
and Dutchman Creek area, ten times the size of the pilot. Silver Creek
will continue to be monitored and lessons learned applied to the new
watershed effort.
Photos, top to bottom: Erin Houghton (Watershed Specialist) narrates
a video “A Day in the Life of the Watershed”; winter cover crops in Silver
Creek help prevent soil runoff into area waters during spring snow melt;
Ashwaubenon Creek.
The Silver Creek Project has received a $1.67 million grant from the Great Lakes
Restoration Initiative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under an
assistance agreement to NEW Water. The contents of this document do not necessarily
reflect the views and policies of the EPA, nor does the EPA endorse trade names
or recommend the use of commercial
products mentioned in this document.
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