Portage County Citizens Address Nitrate-Groundwater Concerns
Corn under blue skies. "Corn Field" by Theophilos Papadopoulos is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Portage County Citizens Address Nitrate-Groundwater Concerns

Portage county citizens are coming together to pass an ordinance that addresses health concerns resulting from high levels of nitrates in ground water.

It began in the township of New Hope when a group of citizens became concerned about their groundwater quality.

“Nitrates move very quickly through the soil, especially on big crops like corn which is very inefficient in terms of taking up nitrogen. When you dump a bunch of nitrogen on corn, the roots only capture about 40 percent and all the rest of the nitro goes through the ground, into the ground water,” said Jim McKnight, a New Hope resident.

Rows of corn stretch across the land. "Corn Field" by fishhawk is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Rows of corn stretch across the land. “Corn Field” by fishhawk is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The concerns the New Hope citizens have, are not simply over the potential for nitrates to enter into the groundwater systems.

“29 percent of portage county wells have nitrates over 10mg/L and that’s the real danger level, but a lot of scientific studies have shown that there are measurable health effects at as low as half of that, so that would be about 75 percent of Portage county wells,” McKnight said.

There were also concerns about waste management practices which came about after residents discovered the city of Appleton’s sewage sludge was disposed of in Portage County.

After writing an ordinance to bring to the township government, the citizens of New Hope found that legislation passed in the township would be difficult to enforce. Thus, the ordinance was brought to county government.

Within the Portage County Board is the Groundwater Citizens Advisory Committee, or GCAC, on which there is a person from each city, town or village in the county. Every eight to ten years the committee revises their groundwater protection plan based on new research.

“By a happy coincidence the GCAC was just completing their eight years of research into the science of the problem,” said McKnight as he described how the two groups joined forces.

The GCAC passed a plan to review the proposed ordinance and began developing a subcommittee which would take over the review process.

The first meeting of the subcommittee took place on Feb. 23.

By state law, all government meetings are open to the public. Supporters of the proposed ordinance are encouraging the public to attend the meetings.

“The idea is to have as many people attending the meeting as possible in order to keep the momentum and pressure on the committee, to keep it going forward, and pass the ordinance,” said Raymond Cal, a supporter of the ordinance.

Once the subcommittee finishes their review, which could take several months, the ordinance will then have to be passed by the GCAC and some committees of the Portage County Board before being brought to the county board for final approval.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, March 30 at the Aging and Disabilities Resource Center at 1519 Water St. in Stevens Point.


Connor Schoelzel



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  1. Nitrates are the least of our concerns about sewage sludge. Studies confirm that people dying of prion disease (including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Alzheimer’s disease) contaminate the environment around them with prions because prions are in the urine, feces, blood, mucus and saliva of each victim. Wastewater treatment plants can’t stop deadly prions, but they help prions migrate, mutate and multiply. Prions shed from humans with Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are the most aggressive mutations known to science and they are very difficult to neutralize and reduce in any environment, especially the high-volume, low-tech world of wastewater treatment.

    Prions become up to 680 times more infectious when dumped on certain soils. Prions migrate, mutate and multiply in soil. Not only are homes and hospitals exposed to the prion pathogen, so are entire sewage treatment systems and their by-products. Wastewater treatment plants are prion incubators and distributors. The sewage sludge and wastewater released are spreading disease far and wide. Just ask Joel Pedersen at the University of Wisconsin. Ask Claudio Soto at the University Of Texas. Ask the Nobel Prize laureate Stanley Prusiner. His science is being ignored in favor of hired guns who don’t have a compass or a conscience.

    The risk assessments for sewage sludge, biosolids and wastewater reclamation don’t even mention prions. The body count is surging accordingly. Since the EPA created the multi-billion dollar biosolids and wastewater reclamation industries with pseudo science, brain disease is skyrocketing. We now have epidemics of Alzheimer’s, autism and chronic wasting disease. Entire herds of livestock that are raised on fields and crops soaked in infectious sewage sludge are at risk of contracting mad cow disease. Unfortunately, we don’t test for it in the U.S. because the government and industry know what they will find.

    The smoke and mirrors around microcephaly and Zika virus also are escalating. Mosquitoes don’t manufacture infectious disease. They pick it up where they feed and breed–the runoff from infected fields. Unfortunately, the hallmark of exposure to infectious sewage sludge is usually some form of brain disease. These victims make terrible advocates and witnesses because they are fighting for their lives.

    So, please show us the risk assessments again. Explain how the deadly prion pathogen is being accounted for and neutralized in wastewater treatment plants. If they can’t stop prions in the sterile confines of an operating room, I’m curious how the rocket scientists at the local wastewater treatment plant are pulling off this miracle. Biosolids are bioterrorism. The frauds that are poisoning our air, food and water supplies should be prosecuted for treason under the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, not rewarded with multi-million contracts. Unfortunately, decisions, policies and practices such as these require widespread corruption from the top down. It’s a sad statement about the state of our homeland.

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