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Fish Creek Sewage Spill into Green Bay

A Fish Creek Sanitary District station near the bay of Green Bay was overwhelmed by storm waters July 13 and overflowed into the bay. It is estimated the overflow lasted for an hour and released about 900 gallons of raw sewage into the bay. The Board of Commissioners of the Fish Creek Sanitary District recently approved the borrowing of $2.2 million to replace aging equipment. The sewage pumping station that failed during the storm is scheduled for a major overhaul as part of that project. New controls, pumps and alarm equipment will provide better emergency operation and more rapid response information for the staff. With the high bay and groundwater levels, the Fish Creek staff has also become concerned about the many basement sump pumps that are now running, some of which appear to be discharging to the sanitary sewer system. The local sewer ordinance does not allow sump pump connections to the sanitary sewer system because the extra water can cause stress to the sewage pumps and the treatment of plant. If you are a resident of the Fish Creek Sanitary District and you have a sump pump in your basement or crawl space, please make sure it does not discharge to the sanitary sewer.

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