A message from Judd Blau, the DeForest Village President, for the 2015 State of the Lakes Annual Report:
The 2015 leaf management pilot project with Clean Lakes Alliance heightened our community awareness on the water quality impact of leaves in storm drains. When communities establish a connection behind the “why” we ask people to participate in any program, we all benefit.
Urban Actions taken by the Village of DeForest in 2015:
DeForest has made efforts to improve the water quality, including:
- A prairie and wetland restoration project adjacent to the Upper Yahara River, for which the Village converted 15 acres of row-cropped land to prairie, converted 15 acres of willow thicket to wetland, and converted straight ditches into meandering scrapes.
- Stormwater trenches that drain to street trees instead of storm sewers, constructed in downtown DeForest.
- Four developer-funded stormwater basins.
- Moving forward, the Village will begin to require phosphorus modeling on all stormwater permitted projects.
In the fall of 2015, DeForest partnered for a leaf-free streets pilot conducted by Clean Lakes Alliance.