The federal Clean Water Bill almost eliminated water pollution from visible sources, like businesses. But now we have a bigger challenge to tackle—slowing down the rush of rain and snowmelt that takes pollution to rivers. Wherever land is developed, it’s a huge problem.
Here, as the La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group, we work together to educate you—residents and small business owners—about runoff and how to fix it. We’re making progress as local governments, but honestly we won’t succeed without people like you. This challenge is not only to protect water, but to make our towns better places to live. Let’s take it on!
La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group. Pictured left to right; Nancy North, Kevin Schubert, Tina Erickson, Gregg Stangl, Karl Green, Pete Mezran, Marilyn Pedretti, Teresa Schnitzler, Chad Hawkins, Jake Schweitzer, Carroll Vizecky, Amy Smith
Community Resource Educator
UW Extension-La Crosse County
When Karl was young, he wanted to be a doctor and then a college professor. In the end he became a geologist. When not fishing, hiking, running or reading he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. Asked about his favorite spot to explore in the area, he said it's a tie between hiking on the bluffs and fishing the river.
Karl's peeve related to water pollution is cigarettes. "People who generally don’t litter throw out cigarette butts like it’s no big deal."
Director, Department of Land Conservation
La Crosse County
Gregg has been married to his wife Judy for over three decades and together they have two children. He was born and raised near Marshfield, Wisconsin and dreamed of being a linebacker for the Packers. Gregg loves everything outdoors including camping, biking, hunting and fishing in La Crosse County's high quality streams. He is an expert craftsman of fine fly fishing rods.
Gregg's pet peeve about water quality is improper use and installation of silt fence at construction sites.
Urban Conservation Specialist
La Crosse County
Jake is an outdoorsman who loves exploring and enjoys bow hunting, upland hunting, waterfowl hunting, fishing local streams for trout, and fishing the Mississippi for panfish. Jake is married, has a german shorthair named Croix, and will always root for the Packers.
Jake's pet peeve about water pollution is the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone. "It inspires me in my job, to help reduce nutrients entering the water system."
Utilities Accounting & Customer Support Supervisor
City Of La Crosse
Tina moved to La Crosse from Monmouth, IL with her husband in 1998. They soon knew La Crosse would be a great place to raise a family, which now includes two active children. Tina began working with the La Crosse Utilities Office in 2010, where she is the accountant for the Water Utility, and oversees customer service and billing for the three La Crosse Utilities; including Water, Sewer and Stormwater. Working in the Utilities Office has exposed Tina to the multi-faceted world of stormwater, and the importance of educating our community on how simple actions can help curb stormwater pollution.
Tina's pet peeve about water pollution is people who throw trash and cigarette butts into streets.
Assistant City Engineer
City Of Onalaska
Kevin is an absolute family man. When not spending time with his wife, two daughters, or two dogs he enjoys cheering for the Badgers and Packers. When he was little he didn't have cool nicknames, but secretly wanted one. He also wanted a job where he could work outside. Now, as city engineer, he does just that.
Kevin's pet peeve about water pollution is simple: Littering.
Assistant Director, Public Works
Village Of Holmen
Pete is a private man who wants to remain a bit of an enigma.
Pete's pet peeve when it comes to pollution...lazy slobs that litter. "So much of that ends up in our water and is totally uncalled for."
Village Of West Salem
Teresa is originally from Sparta and moved to West Salem in 1992. She instantly fell in love with the area, especially Lake Neshonoc, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. If you want to be friends with Teresa get her a thriller, horror or mystery book. When her nose isn't in a book, you'll find her on a power walk or in Zumba class.
Teresa's peeve when it comes to water pollution is developers who think it’s OK to dump untreated water into our lakes and streams.
Town Of Campbell
Chad grew up in La Crosse and wanted to be a fighter pilot, but that dream went out the window when he realized he was too tall. He now lives in Holmen with his wife, four kids, two dogs, two cats and guinea pigs. When not coaching or watching his kids in sports he golfs or visits outdoor tiki bars on French Island. He says Campbell has the best outdoor seating areas in the county. Drink of choice; "a good mixer, probably a martini."
Chad's peeve is seeing trash collect on roadsides year after year. "Eventually, this trash is going to get washed or blown into the river."
Town Of Holland
Marilyn was born and raised in Holmen and has SEVEN siblings. To say grocery bills were high is an understatement. When she was little she wanted to be a farmer, and she now grows dozens of different vegetables on a two-acre garden. When not in the garden, you'll find her exploring McGilvray Seven Bridges Road in Holmen.
Marilyn's peeve when it comes to water pollution is people who think it's OK to ignore rules because they only did it one time. "It all adds up if everyone pollutes!"
Town Administrator & Treasurer
Town Of Shelby
As a child, Carroll knew he had a passion for conservation and helping people. He got involved with government for that reason, and it's why he is still involved many years later. He grew up on a farm near Marshall, Minnesota and still enjoys gardening and outside work. Carroll is the proud father of three children and grandfather of six, and he enjoys watching his grandchildren's activities.
Carroll's pet peeve when it comes to water pollution is movement of sediment. "People don’t realize how much it impacts our environment."
Nancy has owned NewGround since 1992. She lives in Lanesboro, Minnesota in a house she built with her husband John. This house actually makes more energy than it uses. Total hippie. Amy joined NewGround a couple of years ago. She lives in Holmen with her husband and two kids. Amy is not as much a hippie as Nancy, but spends a lot of time on the river. So much, that she organizes River Cleanup La Crosse. An annual event that’s pulled more than a half million pounds of trash from our local waterways.
Amy's pet peeve when it comes to water pollution, is people's lack of compassion. "The little things go a long way, yet people still chose not to put the effort in."
Nancy's pet peeve when it comes to water pollution is having to swim in rivers that are polluted and filled with silt.