Citizens group meets
A Citizens’ Group working to improve the water quality of the Wisconsin River held its monthly meeting Friday at Shipwreck Bay on Castle Rock Lake. The Petenwell and Castle Rock Stewards, also known as the PACRS, filed a petition in court last month challenging the DNR’s renewal of the Domtar Corporation’s wastewater permit. “In 2010, the state legislature passed new phosphorous rules and the language wasn’t added during the renewal permitting process for the Nekoosa papermaker,” said PACRS President Rick Georgeson, a Town of Rome resident. The Citizens’ Group is also heavily involved with monitoring the water in Petenwell Lake. Members of the group are planning to meet with representatives from an Australian company, GEITS. The renewable energy company plans on using electrolytic flocculation to remove the nutrients and algae in Petenwell Lake and also deploy a 500-acre, less than one-square mile, floating solar panel power plant and sell the green energy to a local utility. “Big plans’, says Georgeson. The group plans on contacting other countries where the Australian company has done business and find out if the work was satisfactory. Before the meeting ended, the citizens’ group decided its next meeting will be at The Lure Bar and Grill in Adams County on March 22nd, 2013 @ 2pm. The group’s website is www.pacrs.org
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