July 26, 2019

 What's Inside:

- Water Quality Task Force

- Agency Information

- Suicide Prevention Task Force

- All Around The Fiftieth And Then Some 






National Waterpark Day is this Sunday, July 28!

Go out and enjoy the many waterparks in and around our district!

Water Quality Task Force
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Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality

The committee held two public hearing this week on Tuesday, July 23 in Tomahawk and Wednesday, July 24 in Stevens Point.

You can learn more and find materials we've collected from our hearings around the state on the Task Force's website

Something that the Water Quality Task Force has gotten into the habit of doing is holding an informational hearing prior to our noticed public hearings. This provides us as member of the task force to better understand the water quality issues that the particular part of the state we are in are experiencing.

On Tuesday, prior to our public hearing in Tomahawk, we had a virtual tour of the PCA Tomahawk Water Treatment System.

On Wednesday, we had a tour of the UW-Stevens Point Water and Environmental Analysis Lab.  This lab is wealth of knowledge in regards to well testing for private well owners. The lab provided us with sample results and the information that would be provided to well owners with handouts on how to interpret the water quality results. 

 Agency Information


Recent storm events have led to severe storm damage in many areas across the state.  In response to these events, the Department of Natural Resources has launched a webpage to provide municipalities, businesses and property owners with information to aid cleanup efforts related to debris disposal and planned demolition activities.

As always, you can check out the Get Outdoors! calendar to plan your next outdoor adventure. 


Farmers interested in learning how to grow, harvest and market lavender are invited to a Lavender Field Day hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Friday, Aug. 9 at the Rowley Creek Lavender Farm near Baraboo.

The field day will cover the essentials, including planting procedures and timelines, weed and pest control, harvesting and processing, and marketing. The event includes a tour of the Rowley Lavender Farm, lunch, and resources to take home.

DATCP staff will provide an overview of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, a federal program administered at the state level offering grants and related programs to enhance specialty crop industries. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”

The field day will be held Friday, Aug. 9, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at Rowley Creek Lavender Farm, E13901 County Road W, Baraboo. The registration fee is $15, which includes lunch. The event is limited to 30 participants. You can register here. For more information, contact Angie Sullivan at angie.sullivan@wisconsin.gov or 608-224-5095.


Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention
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All Around The Fiftieth And Then Some

Battalion 1 590.jpgI had the honor to attend the 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry send-off ceremony on Sunday, July 14, 2019.  These soldiers will start their one year deployment to Afghanistan. Our state, and country, are extremely fortunate that we have fine young men and women that volunteer to serve and protect our country. God bless these soldiers and their families!


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Jay’s Power Sports recently hosted the Wisconsin American Legion Riders as they passed through Reedsburg on their way to the American Legion State Convention. 


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Congratulations to the La Valle Housing Authority on being selected as the Project of the Year from the USDA Rural Development. So many great community members came together after our August 2018 devastating floods to keep these eight residents in their homes.