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All Rome property owners:

 

It's been 3 years since we first heard of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) proposed next door in Saratoga.  Efforts by a strong group of Saratoga citizens and some of you have successfully kept it from moving forward.  But, it appears the day of reckoning approaches.  Sources within the DNR indicate the Environmental Impact Report from the organization seeking to build the CAFO is near completion.  The DNR's review has been ongoing and their Environmental Impact Statement is expected early in 2016, possibly February.  Then begins the public review process and public hearing - that time when all your efforts are needed to push back on this proposed CAFO.  This can be done by you attending hearings in person or you can make your feelings known through other means.

 

Tri-Lakes Management and the Rome Town Board are co-sponsoring an informational meeting for Rome property owners on January 16 at 1 pm at the Rome Town Hall.  Note that this meeting is being held on a Saturday to enable attendance for those of you who don't live here full time.  There will be approximately an hour and a half of presentations from a Dr. of water science, a DNR area director, our state assemblyman, town board member, Tri-Lakes and involved citizens.  Questions are encouraged.  As the DNR permitting process moves forward, this may be your last chance to make a difference in your town's future.

 

Come and learn why this issue is so important to the maintenance of Rome's air quality, water purity and water levels in our wells and lakes and our property values.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this Informational Meeting on Sat, Jan 16 at 1 pm at the Rome Town Hall.  Please share this with your fellow property owners.

 

 

 

Citizen’s Water Lobby Day

Demanding Responsible Water Policy >From Our Elected Officials

Wednesday February 8th, 2017

Concerned Rome Citizens and TriLakes members. . .
Here is your chance to make a difference in Madison.

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Dear Tri-Lakes board members and Town of Rome residents ,

We are planning a Citizen’s Water Lobby Day on February 8th at the Capitol in Madison and I want to invite you and our communities TriLakes members to be a part of the event.

Concerned Rome Citizens is co-planning this event with Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network, a coalition of grassroots groups from around the state who are fighting to keep their water safe from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). A generous donor from the Concerned Rome Citizen’s group in the Central Sands region has offered to pay for six charter buses to get citizens from around Wisconsin to Madison. We're hoping you will take part and also help us get the word out. This no charge event. Let’s fill the buses!

Various groups involved with protection of water around the state are being invited to this event, all united in our call for clean and abundant water in Wisconsin. We intend to engage with our elected officials until we have absolute certainty that our water is protected from various forms of pollution. February 8th is just the beginning of our fight and we hope you will consider standing with us.

We're up against a well-oiled and well-funded machine when it comes to industry in Wisconsin and Governor Walker's mantra of 'open for business' is putting the clean waters of our state at risk. We are hoping that a diverse group of citizens join forces on February 8th to let our elected officials know that clean and abundant water is the right of every Wisconsin citizen. It's important that we show our elected officials and the industry lobbyists that we have joined forces and are standing together, shoulder to shoulder, in defense of our water and our way of life.

We look forward to creating a large coalition of groups working together to preserve our Wisconsin waters, perhaps the start of a statewide citizens lobby!

We are being asked by the transportation company to confirm locations, so it's important to know ASAP how many are coming from where. And, we have a vested interest in making sure our Rome/Saratoga people are taken care of.

Let's fill those buses! Use the linkto reserve a seat now.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfC6Fn44PJahY1w6CZPBMtOq2Ht_NGtDXJT3K2zjSEzwdu_XQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

Tuesday August 9, 2016 Update on lake levels:

Arrowhead Lake level will continue to go lower due no rain in the forecast and the actuator is not operating. Adams County LWCD has no way of moving the gate in any direction up nor down so it is approximately 3.5” open. The company that Adams County has hired to install the new actuator has it in their possession and is scheduled to install it when they receive the final part, brass drive nut, which should be later this week or early next week. Until the actuator is installed there is nothing Adams County can do to raise the water level in Arrowhead Lake. The lake level has just gone below the lower operating range and this e-mail is to informed all parties involved as to why this is happening. Water levels will continue to lower until the repair has been made.

Wally Sedlar

County Conservationist

Adams County, WI

Tuesday August 9, 2016 Update on Blue-Green Algae:Per Adams County Health & Human Services

Confirmed Blue-Green Algae Press Release: 8/8/2016

When in Doubt, Stay Out!

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae in Lake Petenwell, Castle Rock Lake, Lake Sherwood, Lake Camelot, and Lake Arrowhead in Adams County. Illnesses in humans and animals potentially related to blue-green algae in these lakes have been reported as well.

“Swimming in or swallowing water with high levels of blue-green algae presents health risks to individuals,” says Sarah Grosshuesch, Adams County Health Officer. “Awareness and common sense is the key. People and their pets should avoid swimming where water looks like pea soup or smells foul.” All recreation swimmers and boaters are warned to avoid direct contact with the affected lake areas.

Algae blooms take on many different appearances and colors. They can look like pea soup or spilled paint on the surface of the water. Although the color is usually blue-green the algae blooms can range from blue to red in color. There is currently no treatment for blue-green algae blooms so it is best to stay out of the water until the bloom dissipates on its own. Although many adults will avoid swimming in such conditions, children and pets are less conscious of where they chose to swim. It is important to protect children and pets from the threat of blue-green algae by making sure they avoid contaminated waters.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adverse human health effects include difficulty breathing, stomach and intestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea, skin irritation, loss of appetite, nausea, or numbness or tingling of the hands and/or feet. These symptoms can show up minutes to hours after exposure. Pets, especially dogs, can experience symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty breathing, vomiting, convulsions, and even death following exposure to blue-green algae. Health officials recommend if you or your pets have been exposed to blue-green algae and are experiencing any of these symptoms to seek medical or veterinary attention.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offers tips to protect you and your family:

  • Do not swim in water that looks like "pea soup", green or blue paint, or that has a scum layer or puffy blobs floating on the surface
  • Do not boat, water ski, etc. over such water (people can be exposed through inhalation of aerosolized water droplets)
  • Do not let children play with scum layers, even from shore
  • Do not let pets or livestock swim in, or drink, waters experiencing blue-green algae blooms
  • Do not treat surface waters that are experiencing blue-green algae blooms with any herbicide or algaecide-- toxins are released into the water when blue-green algae cells die
  • In general, avoid swimming in areas where you cannot see your feet in knee-deep water
  • Always take a shower after coming into contact with any surface water (whether or not a blue-green algae bloom appears to be present; surface waters may contain other species of potentially harmful bacteria and viruses)

If you think you, a family member, or pet developed an illness after exposure to blue-green algae, please report the illness to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health by filling out an online survey at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/water/bg-algae/index.htm or calling (608) 266-1120.

For more information or questions on Blue-Green Algae, see contact information below:

Adams County Health and Human Services Division of Public Health

608-339-4505

When in Doubt, Stay Out!

May 6, 2016 Update on lake levels: Per Adams County, levels on all three lakes are expected to remain within the operating range over the weekend.

May 3, 2016 Update on lake levels: Levels on all three lakes are within the operating range. Evaluation continues on the dam gate mechanisms on Arrowhead and Lower Camelot.

April 22, 2016 Update on Camelot, Sherwood and Arrowhead levels: Work continues to address the open gate on Lake Arrowhead - levels there are low and may continue to be low over the weekend. Sherwood has come up again and will probably be sufficient to enable boats and lifts to be put in over the weekend. However, at some point it will need to be lowered again in order to obtain access to the Lower Camelot dam gate. Please be aware that if there is an emergency, these plans can change.

April 20, 2016 Update on Sherwood and Arrowhead levels: Low water levels on Sherwood have stabilized. Water coming over the Lower Camelot morning glory is still too high to yet gain access to the dam gate mechanism. Adams County is monitoring the situation so that they can take action as soon as possible. Low levels on Arrowhead are due to the dam gate stuck open so further action will be required there as well.

April 18, 2016

Explanation for lower levels on Lake Sherwood: Tri-Lakes board members Steve Nowicki and Paul Pisellini met this morning with Wally Sedlar, Adams County Conservationist and the dam operator Tom. There is a problem with the gate on Lower Lake Camelot and in order to assess the problem and determine a solution, they have to gain access to the dam gate mechanism from the Sherwood spillway side of the dam. The water there was too deep and flowing too swiftly for it to be safe to walk in so it was determined that the levels on Sherwood needed to be lowered. The Sherwood gate was adjusted this morning to stabilize Sherwood levels - further information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Feb 3, 2016 Follow-up to Jan 16th Informational Meeting

This meeting had a tremendous response, attracting approximately 400 citizens. Since that time, we've heard from many individuals who were unable to attend but wanted the information. Each of the presentations explaining the possible future impact to our community by the proposed dairy CAFO has now been loaded to our website. You can access this information by going to:

http://www.trilakesmanagement.com/proposed-saratoga-dairy.htm

You'll also be able to find email and postal addresses to officials and we would encourage you to contact them to voice your concerns.

All Rome property owners:

It's been 3 years since we first heard of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) proposed next door in Saratoga. Efforts by a strong group of Saratoga citizens and some of you have successfully kept it from moving forward. But, it appears the day of reckoning approaches. Sources within the DNR indicate the Environmental Impact Report from the organization seeking to build the CAFO is near completion. The DNR's review has been ongoing and their Environmental Impact Statement is expected early in 2016, possibly February. Then begins the public review process and public hearing - that time when all your efforts are needed to push back on this proposed CAFO. This can be done by you attending hearings in person or you can make your feelings known through other means.

Tri-Lakes Management and the Rome Town Board are co-sponsoring an informational meeting for Rome property owners on January 16 at 1 pm at the Rome Town Hall. Note that this meeting is being held on a Saturday to enable attendance for those of you who don't live here full time. There will be approximately an hour and a half of presentations from a Dr. of water science, a DNR area director, our state assemblyman, town board member, Tri-Lakes and involved citizens. Questions are encouraged. As the DNR permitting process moves forward, this may be your last chance to make a difference in your town's future.

Come and learn why this issue is so important to the maintenance of Rome's air quality, water purity and water levels in our wells and lakes and our property values. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this Informational Meeting on Sat, Jan 16 at 1 pm at the Rome Town Hall. Please share this with your fellow property owners.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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