Technical Advisory Council
Onsite Wastewater Treatment
Sept. 8, 2004 (Revised)
Meeting held, Sept. 8, 2004 at Michigan State University, Turfgrass Research Farm.
Members and alternates present: Larry Stephens, Chuck Cousino, Regina Young, Tony Drautz, Dale Ladouceur, Ben Foster and Ron Lindsay.
Guests present: None
Meeting called to order by Chuck Cousino, Chairman.
Motion by Regina, support by Tony, that the minutes of the July 22, 2004 meeting be approved as distributed. Motion carried.
Filter Fabric Specifications for Use Over Drainfields --- Ben sent out 23 letters of inquiry to companies that make geotextile fabric, and had only one response. And that response had nothing to say in answer to the questions raised in Ben’s inquiry. Chuck will check with Ted to get the final draft of the TAC Advisory on filter fabric use over drainfields for potential adoption at the next meeting.
Commercial Flow Study --- No action.
Site Compaction Advisory --- No action. Larry still needs electronic version of this document for posting on the website.
Link to Wisconsin Website on Product Approvals --- The link to the Wisconsin website on product approvals in Wisconsin is now posted on the MOWRA website for those that want to access that information. Dale will check with Ric and discuss with Ben how the link can be made easier to use.
Michigan Concrete Tank Association --- No report.
Statewide Code --- Chuck and Larry – Nothing to report since last meeting.
DEQ Reorganization --- Dale passed out a Reorganization Structure Plan of the Water Bureau. The reorganization of the department is still being formulated.
Regulatory Structure Document --- Dale passed out a copy of the fee structure recently passed for the groundwater discharge permit program. How should this information be incorporated into the Regulatory Structure Document? One suggestion is to put some footnotes in the document with asterisks indicating that a fee structure is now in place as of some date, and a listing of the website and rule number reference for one to use to research the fee amounts. Chuck will check with Ric on this.
Drip Irrigation --- Larry informed the TAC that NOWRA is putting the final touches on a recommended drip irrigation standard. Also, the Tennessee Valley Authority has just finished the publication of a Peer-Reviewed Drip Irrigation Design Manual.
Meeting dismissed at about 12:30 P.M.
To be announced.
Location --- To be announced.
FUTURE MEETING DATES
Future Meetings – To be determined.
Larry D. Stephens, P.E., Sec.