EPA Grant

April 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm (environmental, political, Science, Wisconsin)

Well, we didnt get it as we failed to outline a collaberative process enough, but for y’alls edification I figured I post it here.  For the record, I wrote this, with no help from my fellow Commission members.  If anything certain folks tried to stop this grant from ever happening.  But it did, and it went to the EPA so they know.  And I have to laugh, the reason the collaborative process wasnt outlined, was that there was none.  I had to fight all the way to the end to get the truth out.

 

Enjoy.

Working for a Greener Tomorrow in Wausau

EPA CARE Grant Proposal

 

Commission Background

 

In 2007, with the goal of increasing awareness of sustainability issues in the area, a number of Wausau residents, with the cooperation of the mayor and City Hall, created The Commission for a Greener Tomorrow, an ad hoc committee of the city government in Wausau. Core members of the Commission address issues directly related to sustainability and environmental conservation including: waste and recycling; transportation; air, land and water quality; and locally-produced organic food. The Commission’s goals are to reduce waste, to promote sustainable lifestyles, to adopt more environmentally-friendly practices community wide, and also to capture cost savings wherever feasible. Recent accomplishments include: passage of a city ordinance for outdoor events by the Wausau City Council; “Clean It Up Wausau,” a city-wide recycling program instituted for harder to recycle items (e.g., electronics, etc.); intermediation with one of our collaborators, SOAR, and WE Energies to replace a coal-fired facility with a biomass one; a comprehensive study of local environmental threats; negotiation with the city mayor to begin a district heating system that would provide free heat to residents in downtown Wausau; construction of a community garden in conjunction with a local elementary school to teach children sustainable gardening practices; a petition for a regional transit authority that would provide area-wide public bus coverage; discussion regarding design and implementation of a sustainability plan for the City of Wausau; and continued input regarding completion of the area system of bike/pedestrian trails.

Description of the Proposed Project Area

Geographically, this area of Marathon County is distinguished by the Wisconsin River and the Monod Nocks, small mountainous hills. A major tributary of the Mississippi River, the Wisconsin River in the proposed area is interspersed with several small waterfalls, rapids and dams. Meanwhile, the Monod Nocks, made from granite and quartzite, are some of the oldest geological formations in North America, and they serve as buffers against tornadoes and other severe weather in the area.

Our project area not only will cover metropolitan Wausau, but also the surrounding communities including: Brokaw, Kronenwetter, Mosinee, Rib Mountain, Rothschild, Schofield and Weston. Wausau serves as the county seat. Within the project area’s 20 square miles resides approximately 94,000 people, with the majority of population situated in Wausau and the seven mentioned municipalities. Economically where there is prosperity to go around, many people live below the poverty line in Wausau, with some even being homeless.

Wausau is known as the ‘gateway to the Pineries’ because the Bull Falls and Little Bull Falls forest landscapes were once completely dominated by pine trees the size of California redwood trees. In the wake of white settlement, lumber became the predominant industry. The Upper Great Lakes Keystone forest (a.k.a., the Northwoods) still survives here in Marathon County, but it is a shadow of what the Native American tribes knew. Finally, mineral deposits include gold, silver, copper and iron.

Identified Environmental Issues

 

Wausau and the surrounding Northwoods are a beautiful and enchanting place. However, this locale faces a number of challenges, and it is the Commission’s aim to neutralize as many of these as possible so that our home environment can be placed on the path back towards its former ecological glory.

Major threats to air quality come from local industries. As an example, one of the area’s biggest point source polluters is the Weston Power Facility, which added a massive coal-fired generator four years ago despite substantial public outcry and opposition. All four of Weston’s generators are some of the country’s dirties coal-fired power-generating facilities. The Sierra Club recently sued Weston for violating (federal?) air emission opacity standards, with the facility’s thick emission clouds impairing visibility for highway traffic as well as creating coal ash deposits that people are continually clearing from their private properties downwind from the facility. In addition, the Weston Power Complex produces half the area’s hazardous lead pollution, half its hazardous chromium pollution, and all its hazardous mercury pollution. When combined with all other local industrial facilities, there is almost two million pounds of pollutants spewed annually into our breathable air. Many of these chemicals are known mutagens, presenting reproductive, developmental and neurological harm to our citizens in the form of mental disorders, cancer, etc. Figure 1 summarizes the key chemical pollutants observed in our project area.

Figure #1

: Key Airborne Pollutants found in the Wausau/Marathon County Atmosphere 

 

Pollutant 

  

Pounds Annually 

  

Pollutant 

  

Pounds Annually 

  

Ammonia  35,392  Dioxin  1.31 (grams) 
Lead  39,229  Manganese  152,492 
Mercury  389  Methanol  112,253 
Nitrates  802,684  Barium  319,338 
Formaldehyde  2033  Chromium  21,158 
Copper  103,474  Hydrochloric Acid  61,300 
Hydrogen Fluoride  32,000  Polycyclic Aromatics  30 
Sulfuric Acid  73,068  Vanadium  31,493 
Zinc  47,090  Cobalt  229 
1,2,4 Trimethylbenzene  549  Glycol Ethers  3367 
Dimethyl Phthalate  3172  Ethylbenzene  2401 
Methyl Isobutyl Ketone  1994  Toluene  6284 
Xylene  19,308  Styrene  15,058 
Diethanolamine  9663  Nitric Acid  500 
Acetaldehyde  6550  Catechol  7 
Chlorine  1517  Phenol  5045 

 

Source: EPA 2009

 

In addition, many residents utilize wood burning stoves as there is abundant timber. While timber is more environment-friendly than coal or oil, there are no practical emission controls or monitors for the particulates released from these stoves or pollution from motor vehicles. Stunningly, in spite of almost 100,000 people living in the Wausau area, there is no local ambient air monitor. The closest one is 30 miles away. Thus, there are no reliable numbers for exactly what people are breathing in around here. Unfortunately, a lack of data leads to total local ignorance. A recent Life survey, conducted by the Marathon County United Way, revealed that no one knew whether any air quality advisories had been issued for the area over the last four years or not. In reality, the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) air program indicated that approximately 20 advisories had been issued over that time span, based on data from an air monitor 30 miles away from Wausau’s myriad industrial polluters.

Shifting focus from air to strictly water pollution, the biggest threat to local drinking water is the non-attainment of mercury levels in the Wisconsin River and the city’s supply, primarily from the aforementioned Weston power generating station. In addition, there is a local Superfund site, Wauleco, which leaks pentachlorophenol into our water supply. For the most part, levels are dropping off, but there are periodic spikes and people are unwittingly drinking unacceptable levels of mercury and pentachlorophenol. Furthermore, as noted in Figure 1, the Wausau area also has a chromium contamination problem. The nationally publicized Environmental Working group water quality study recently highlighted the extremely poor drinking water, which included large local amounts of the carcinogenic chromium, in Wisconsin. Wausau City Water permits list testing for this chemical, but the last test was conducted almost two years ago. The WDNR estimates from its data that it is highly likely that chromium water levels have frequently spiked over the safe limit for human consumption.

Another problem within our local area stems from water management. The Wisconsin River is the hardest working river in the country due to heavy damming, 25 hydros and 29 dams. 21 storage reservoirs, with the Eau Pleine reservoir holding 20% of our water. In the proposed 20 square mile grant coverage area alone, there are four dams: in Brokaw, in downtown Wausau, in the Eau Pleine Reservoir of Mosinee, and then in downtown Mosinee. One complication with any dam is the increased acidification that occurs as the held back water becomes stagnant, leading to fungal outbreaks. Just within the last few years, several Blastomycosis outbreaks suspiciously occurred around the water, although no firm link has been established yet. A second complication arises from the fact that several dams are built over naturally occurring rapids on the Wisconsin River, which drastically impedes the natural aeration that occurs within a naturally free-flowing waterway. Two major fish kills in the Eau Pleine Reservoir dam have occurred; both are directly linked to reduced aerated oxygen in their water habitat.

Finally, the Wisconsin River carries off massive amounts of agricultural run-off. There is a limit of 100ug/L phosphorus for all rivers south of Rhinelander (to the north of us). Water Phosphorus levels in the proposed grant coverage area are Wausau 70, Eau Claire River 103(Schofield/Weston), Rib River 102(Rib Mountain), Rothschild 87, Mosinee 82, Big Eau Pleine 325ug/L(Mosinee). There is an alarming trend of “mega” dairy farms springing up in the local area. Serious animal cruelty concerns abound in connection with these operations, but for this proposal, the Commission wishes to highlight serious health, and run off concerns that come with disposal of such large amounts of animal waste in areas where plant cultivation run off already is at or over limit.

With dams inhibiting the river’s natural speed and/or aeration capabilities, huge algae blooms are cropping up, destroying indigenous aquatic life and natural environmental aesthetics. For example, a recreational boat trip on the river is now a very smelly and disgusting experience, due to toxic algae blooms. “River rash” occurs to swimmers in the Wisconsin River, a by product of the pollution and algae. Finally, the natural lake that forms out of the Wisconsin River in our area, known as Lake Wausau, is losing water. What was once a sparkling blue lake is now rapidly turning into a marsh. While the ongoing drought to the north is certainly not helping to stem the decline, the case can be made that the massively dammed river and, therefore, inhibited water cycle is causing the stagnant, non-aerated water 1) to become covered with algae and 2) to slowly seep into the sediment and eventually drain away.

Land in this area is not immune to threats either, with the biggest being deforestation. As stated before, the local economy was built around the lumber industry. The Commission for a Greener Tomorrow is pleased to report that many of the largest local paper conglomerates now use sustainable forestry practices that are strictly monitored by the WDNR. However, sadly the damage done from previous generations who did not follow proper conservation procedures, along with current logging by smaller less regulated outfits, is still painfully evident. The Northwoods are being logged at the astounding rate of 116 million board feet of lumber per year (Greenpeace, 2006). At the current rate, the forest may be gone in as little as 45 years! The precious little forest that remains is, according to WDNR statistics, currently 40% of its original coverage. Additionally, much of the surrounding land is currently under an invasion from out-of-state recreational visitors who buy acreage and then do not respect local ecology or sustainable forestry practices. As a result, these smaller parcels fragment the greater whole, leading overall to a weakened and more vulnerable ecosystem. Forest populations of trees are highly skewed towards deciduous species when these local forests should be primarily coniferous, specifically White and Red pine, Arborvitae, Black spruce, Eastern hemlock and Canadian yew. Although local companies have adopted sustainable forest conservation, old growth forest is practically non-existent. Where it does exist, old growth trees are very threatened. Thus, our local forests are, on the whole, relatively young. Most of what stands today is a result of work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s.

With regards to cleared land, there is widespread use of unsustainable agricultural practices. To illustrate, local (Wisconsin Department?) agriculture offices still encourage use of chemical fertilizers, which invariably end up in the local drinking water supply, as well as dangerous pesticides, including the bee-killing Clothianidin which is manufactured by Bayer. Fortunately, there is a healthy organic farm movement locally, but greater pressure needs to be applied to the more traditional farms so that these more sustainable practices become the norm, not the exception.

Mining is potentially an issue in our area as well. Already, quarries that were or are run by the 3M Corporation contribute half of the area’s lead and chromium pollution, with the downtown site, next to a city park, and in the middle of a lower income residential neighborhood. Rib Mountain itself was mined leaving a massive stone cutout on the west side of the mountain, visible from the highway. Indeed it was at one point a uranium mine. There is a serious concern regarding radon as many homes contain elevated levels of this element, most likely emanating from the area’s extensive deposits of quartzite and uranium. Most people are still unaware of the risks of radon to their health. In Easton, a town ten miles east of Wausau, there is the possibility of a gold mine, although what mining practices to be employed in the extraction process are as of yet unknown. The fear is that whatever is done will greatly affect the surrounding landscape and groundwater. The Northwoods have previously suffered exploitation and deprivation under operations run by Kennecott Minerals and the Rio Tinto Group. Water tests independently confirmed Rio Tinto’s destruction of water quality in the Flambeau Indian Reservation, despite the Group’s statements denying such allegations. More recently, the Rio Tinto Group is encroaching on more Native American land; this time, mining Eagle Rock, a sacred religious site. In general, it is the belief of the Commission for a Greener Tomorrow that big corporate interests are drawn to this area because the leadership of these companies believes that they can capitalize on people’s ignorance and the lax environmental standards. Thus, it is important to the Commission that the environment is safeguarded with proper oversight of these companies’ mining practices.

A recurrent theme that faces any large group of people settled in any area is waste disposal – more specifically, trash disposal. Landfill space is an issue, and a comprehensive recycling program is lacking in the proposed project area. The City of Wausau does recycle, but it is not mandatory for residents to do so, resulting in a haphazard and incomplete process. There is no recycling available for aluminum foil or Styrofoam; there is scant education about the dangers of disposing CFL’s in the regular trash. Without the Commission’s efforts, very little effort would have been exerted in properly disposing of/recycling electronic and other hazardous waste.

As one might imagine, all of these identified issues have serious consequences for the health and overall well-being of area residents. To begin with, there are elevated lead levels in local children’s bloodstreams, possibly the result of old lead-based paint chipping off the walls of many inhabited homes but also the 39,000 pounds of lead polluting the local environment each year. Very little has been done to date to educate the public about why they and their children are suffering from cancer, heart disease, developmental retardation, autism and other health problems at staggeringly high rates. Indeed, in the last three years, another major hospital was built within the project area to supplement services offered by the already standing Wausau Hospital and the state-run healthcare facility for mental illness and the mentally disabled. This makes three major healthcare facilities for a population of just over 94,000. The high percentage of mentally disabled and disturbed patients in our area is very striking to anyone not native to the area. In fact, the local comprehensive government future plan for our area lists as its number one priority the reduction in the number of special needs citizens. Unfortunately, little is done by the local governments to solve this substantial public health problem, perhaps as a result of widespread nepotism that caters to the interests of industry rather than individuals.

Another vastly under-reported health concern is exposure to ozonation and high ELF/EMF levels from electricity. High-voltage power lines originate from Wausau’s hydroelectric dam, crisscross the downtown district, and then run through nearby residential neighborhoods. The easterly power line from the Weston generating facility can be heard buzzing on a regular basis as it runs through a major shopping area parking lot. To the west, the massive Arrowhead line, a 345-kV component of the highly controversial Weston 4 generator, cuts through not only Nine Mile County Forest, but also runs through homeowners’ backyards. To the Commission’s knowledge, nothing was done to educate these people regarding potential ELF/EMF health risks before Weston used eminent domain to force construction. With old wiring in a majority of our homes, it is doubtful that many have the proper electrical insulation to mitigate the problem. Along with radiation from cellular phones, computers and the like, high ELF/EMF exposure results in cancer and leukemia, spikes in blood serum triglycerides, increased stress, disrupted pineal gland function and insomnia resulting in interference with melatonin production, and dishearteningly high levels of depression and suicide among our local populations.

Proposed Solutions

Solutions to local energy air and water quality issues.

As the current electrical grid and power generating facilities are major contributors to the adverse environmental issues listed above, it is the primary goal of the Commission to initiate energy conservation measures for Wausau and surrounding areas. In addition to applying a portion of the possible $100,000 CARE grant, settlement funds from the Arrowhead-Weston/Weston 4 construction project could augment the feasibility of these energy initiatives. A more detailed budget for the proposed funds is as follows:

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Many homes in this area are in dire need of proper weatherization. Many are not even insulated, with old drafty windows that invite mold growth. The Commission for a Greener Tomorrow is actively courting the North Central Community Action Program (NCCAP) as a prospective partner. The NCCAP has extensive experience in upgrading low-income housing, providing weatherproofed windows and doors as well as energy efficient appliances to their clients. In partnership with the NCCAP, the Commission hopes to develop a plan that will expand these services to also address badly needed electrical and insulation upgrades in these structures. This investment, hopefully, will yield increased efficiency, lessening electricity needs in those homes.

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The Commission would next plan and coordinate a grassroots effort to educate local residents regarding risks associated with ELF/EMF, and potential steps they can take to lessen their exposure. Commission members would encourage homeowners to reduce their electricity consumption and/or to use it more wisely, such as using floor breaker boxes which reduce power to sleeping quarters when in use. Education of our residents would go towards reduction of ELF/EMF risks, including restoration of more normal sleep cycles and improved health.

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Once these energy efficiency measures are in place, the Commission for a Greener Tomorrow will turn its attention to working with the Wausau City Council in order to update local ordinances that allow metal roofs. The proposed partner contractor on this initiative is Kulps of Stratford, a firm experienced in installing solar panel photovoltaics which requires metal roofs to support the needed roofing shingles. Once the ordinance modifications have been made, the Commission will then use the multi-millionaire dollar Arrowhead-Weston settlement fund to subsidize conversion of houses to solar power, free to the homeowners.

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Over the long term, the Commission for a Greener Tomorrow hopes to reduce or eliminate the need for the Weston 4 power generator, which commission members believe should have never been built in the first place. Between increased environmental pressure and decreased economic incentives from fewer customers, the Commission hopes to actively petition for the reduction in the number of area transmission lines, which would benefit the environment through a cessation in blowing off entire mountaintops for coal extraction and improve residents’ health through reduced levels of electricity entering area homes.

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Finally, the stage could be set for reduced reliance on Wausau’s hydroelectric dam. Complete removal would be nice, as well as removal of the other area dams, but this action must be fully researched and discussed to establish a consensus in the area. There are no conclusive studies available detailing how water levels would change or what path the newly freed river would follow. A next step would be to apply for a Level 2 EPA CARE grant so that the Commission could have the appropriate research done. Aesthetically, it would be nice if people could witness the return of Bull Falls within their lifetimes, a natural sight not experienced since residents’ great-grandfathers’ time.

A Comprehensive approach needs to be undertaken to mitigate the huge Ag run off problem in our area. UWEX has already undertaken a public awareness campaign, as well as encouraging the use of rain barrels and rain gardens. We at the Commission would like to work with them to help in this campaign, offering our knowledge and experience on the subject to expand upon the amount of people reached. We would also like to begin a dialogue with the City and county regarding this issue and how we can address this problem collaboratively.

Air Quality Monitoring and Cleanup 

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It is imperative that an air monitor be installed locally. The Commission has had extensive conversations with the WDNR regarding this need, and we have learned that WDNR’s funding is severely limited. They would enthusiastically help us install a PPM 2.5, a PPM 10, or a monitor that combines both course particulates measurements, but the Commission would need to provide funds to purchase the equipment. Additionally, the Commission would like to test air lead levels. Kits are available from Merck; the Commission deeply believes that it is imperative to have accurate data as to what people are breathing into their lungs in the greater Wausau area.

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The Commission for a Greener Tomorrow would like to finish an exhaustive review of all area industrial permits. To date, we have not had the money to afford this tedious process, but it is important to determine exactly what workers and people are really breathing. The Commission would like to fund an intern position whose responsibility would be to conclude the work already begun. Using this data, Commission members would like to work with local industrial leadership to develop effective solutions to counter polluting emissions, including exploring ways that these industries can install scrubbers and other pollution-controls above and beyond what is mandated for the environment in the state of Wisconsin.

Developing technologies to lower air emissions furtherSome problems faced by our communities stem from a lack of technology research and development. Another possible responsibility for a CARE funded intern would be development of two engineering design competitions to be held at a future date.

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The first competition would seek to control not only wood stove, but also car emissions. The contest would seek winners who have developed technologies for use in reducing emissions from these sources while minimizing or reversing environmental harm.

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A second engineering design challenge would focus on finding ways to scaling diesel DC electric motors from trains down to the car level at the least. Current automobile fuel efficiency, even including hybrids, pales in comparison to the 400 mpg observed in these train motors. Wausau is not only home to Marathon Electric/Regal-Beloit, a company that tests and develops train motors, but also several machine shops and repair facilities that service these kinds of motors. Thus, the technical potential and talent exists. Potential additional benefits from developing this contest would include creation of jobs, joint patent ownership on any winning technologies, possible reduction in need for foreign oil and gasoline in this area, increased utilization of the bio-diesel station here in Wausau, and destruction of the myth that environmentalists care only about trees and not about jobs.

Reforestation, District Heating and Other Solutions for Land Use

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In association with the USDA and the Arbor Day Foundation, the Commission would like to assist in re-planting of native tree species in North Central Wisconsin. A possible use for CARE funds would be to subsidize this project. A funded Commission intern could research the layout of forests in Marathon County. In partnership with the WDNR, the Commission could use the resulting information in coordinating re-planting efforts towards rejoining forest fragments towards a healthy whole arboreal ecosystem. The Commission would also like to investigate programs that offer food-producing berry bushes and fruit trees to Wausau urban residents.

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The Commission would also like to expand its current K-12 educational efforts to a more formal program with the Wausau School District so that area students can have access to community gardens that not only provide them food, but also educate them in how to produce their own sustenance. On a larger scale, the Commission wants to work with local agricultural offices to update their advising information and practices in 1) discouraging local use of Clothianidin, 2) encouraging organic sustainable agriculture, 3) expanding USDA programs that assist area unemployed residents in starting their very own small family farms, and 4) establishing temporary run-off ditches for agricultural run-off while more permanent solutions are implemented to save aquatic life and increased water quality.

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The Commission would like to oversee the expansion of area recycling programs. In addition, the Commission wants to renew its dialogue with City Hall regarding district heating, using burnable garbage as fuel. This practice could cut landfill deposits substantially. Through a renegotiation of the city’s contract with Veolia Waste Management Services in order to facilitate this district heating program to the Wausau area, the Commission hopes to create a proverbial “nail in the coffin” for coal as the primary energy provider in our area.

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The Commission would like to explore any options that would aid in the cleanup of the Wauleco Superfund site.

Solutions for Local Health Concerns/Raising AwarenessTimeline

We expect to know if we have been approved by September, so we will begin when we are approved.

By December of 2011 we hope to have purchased and/or installed the air monitor with the DNR, as well as beginning of various PR campaigns (Ag run-off, pesticides, area pollutants etc)

From Jan 2012 to June 2012 we will begin the weatherization initiative. Including working at sites to help with energy upgrades. We fully expect this to be repeated at a later date, as the program gains success and exposure.

July 2012 to October 2012 we would plant trees. So this includes all planning, media and the like, as well as the actually going to sites to plant.

November 2012 to December 2012 we would conduct a thorough audit of monies spent and work done. From there we would like to continue on.

Responsible party for executing the plans outlined in our grant will be our vice-chair, who reports to not only the Commission but the EPA as well. With a stipend of $10,000 she will be responsible for overseeing implementation of these ideas.

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The people of this area have a right to know why they are really getting sick and even if they still choose to expose themselves to hazardous chemicals and radiation, then they at least will do so aware of the risks. With aid from the EPA, the Commission hopes to educate our citizens about what industrial pollution is doing to them, what it is doing to their children, or what it is doing to their ability to have future children. This is perhaps the greatest challenge for our plan because there is considerable opposition and inertia within local government, some of which is supported by area companies that would prefer to maintain the status quo. It is our hope that we can reach out to at least one of the area medical conglomerates and the Marathon County Board of Health to find ways to smash through this massive hurdle.

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The Commission is seriously contemplating founding its own free newspaper in order to get the word about pollution and its attendant health problems out to area citizens. This resource, either in hard copy or online format, would help to circumvent some local media outlets which are controlled and owned by large corporate interests here in Marathon County. We already have our website which can be modified for registration in the programs we hope to start, as well as being the likely choice for a newsletter. In conjunction with the city newsletter we feel confident that we have the ability to get the word out where we need to, and through the proper channels. We have already perused the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory, and will continue to source much of our research through the EPA’s wealth of data and experience.

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The Commission is committed to exploring additional options that promote healthful living within Marathon County. We would focus on education efforts with both the Marathon County Board of Health and area school districts that highlight the role of nutrition in disease and health, the immune enhancing capabilities of whole grains, the detrimental effects of pesticide-laden and overly processed foods on the human bodies as well as the ecosystem, the hazards of powerful prescription drugs whose long-term effects are unknown but are linked damage in the liver, kidneys and brain, and periodically end up in city water supplies because they were improperly disposed of, and finally radiation and electromagnetic risks inherent in Western medical technology.

Conclusion/Possible Partners

Obviously, within the 10-page proposal limit, the Commission for a Greener Tomorrow has merely outlined its ideas for putting this grant to effective and efficient use in Marathon County. We seek to extract maximum benefit for our citizens, and realize that this grant is but a first step towards achieving the Commission’s goals. Thus, we understand that this grant, if awarded, will fund some of our proposed solutions. The Commission also wishes to mention that, given the short time between becoming aware of this grant program and its due date, we have not had the ability to finalize our proposed partnerships. Fortunately, during the three years of the Commission’s existence, its members have been able to forge relationships with these area groups, laying the groundwork for future collaborations. The Commission is confident that these arrangements will reach fruitful partnerships; we simply have not had enough time to formalize these agreements. The following list details those groups we are already working with or hope to be working with in the near future.

Partners

Save Our Air Resources

Possible Partners

Big Eau Pleine Citizens Organization

Back to Eden

Lake Wausau Association

Friends of Rib Mountain

North Central Community Action Program

City of Wausau

Wausau School District

DC Everest School District

Marathon County Board of Health

UW-Extension

UW-Marathon County

Central Wisconsin Alliance for Sustainability

River Alliance of Wisconsin

Midwest Renewal Energy Association

Regal Beloit

Focus on Energy

Arbor Day Foundation

The Commission has aimed very high, and this grant proposal reflects its members’ tireless devotion to addressing all dimensions of community environmental cleanup, renewal and maintenance in Marathon County. It is our sincere hope that the merit and comprehensiveness of our holistic ideas uniquely distinguish us from other candidates. We are very confident in our ability to achieve our goals, however long that may take. Thank you for your generous time and consideration of our proposal; we greatly hope to be working with you in the very near future.

 

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