I am writing on behalf of Preserve Burnett County to voice our concern over the inadequacy of the water usage standard currently applied to state-licensed campgrounds. We would like to enlist your support in updating this standard.
Preserve Burnett County represents over 1,600 residents and property owners who are invested in the quiet use and enjoyment of land within Burnett County and committed to ensuring that this area continues to be a beautiful place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
Since the passage of WI Act 67 in 2017, Burnett County has been inundated with applications for new campgrounds and campground expansions — there’s been a 60% increase in the number of campsites in the last five years. New and expanded campgrounds require the installation of a private on-site wastewater treatment system (POWTS); transfer tanks are no longer allowed.
Correct sizing and management of campground POWTS is critical to the health, safety and general welfare of campground occupants and nearby residents. Wisconsin residents currently use an average of 56 gallons of water per person, per day for indoor domestic/household activities. The Wisconsin standard for water usage in campgrounds and POWTS design is 30 gallons per day (GPD), per campsite, woefully out-of-date and inadequate. Consider that:
Please join us in calling on state and local regulatory agencies and other units of government to reevaluate the GPD water usage standard for Wisconsin campgrounds.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Preserve Burnett County
The team responsible for developing the web site Protecting Wisconsin's Groundwater Through Comprehensive Planning is made up of the following individuals:
UW-ExtensionCenter for Land Use Education
Lynn Markham, Christine Mechenich, Raquel Miskowski
U.S. Geological Survey Wisconsin Water Science Center
Charles Dunning, Anne Moser, Jennifer Bruce, Cheryl Buchwald, Elizabeth Woodcock, James Rauman