"Thank you for inviting me today and the opportunity to comment on public record regarding these important issues. I am
"We recently released an impact study for public comment on the Upper Des Plaines River Watershed. The study was undertaken in response to the
"The study describes four main conclusions:
"A. In the current Flood Insurance Study for the
"B. Through the development process in
"Discussion: Our study findings show the deficit at approximately 55,000 gallons of storage for every acre of land developed, when compared to
"C. Wetlands are being lost within the Des Plaines River Watershed in
"Discussion: Wetlands are a critical surface water resource, providing water quality, flood control and habitat functions. Over 38 acres of wetlands impacted by roadway expansions and
"D. Inadequate soil erosion and sediment control practices are being utilized by both WisDot and private developers in the Des Plaines River Watershed. These unremedied violations of the Clean Water Act, fill waterways with sediment and are contributing to non-attainment of
"Discussion: SMC has performed independent inspections of the roadwork and development site and documented significant soil erosion occurring. (See Appendix B). The large, mass graded construction area, coupled with insufficient soil erosion and sediment control measures have resulted in sediment being transported from the construction sites downstream as evidenced by an erosion control violation citation from the
"With every acre of new impervious surface and shovelful of dirt, all four of the issues raised in our conclusions are resulting in an increased flood risk to businesses and homes, aggravated flood damages and negative water quality impacts within the watershed. It is critical that these concerns are addressed as soon as possible, to compensate for future development that will occur.
"Thank you for this opportunity to provide testimony."