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Clear Waters Initiative

Charter since February 9, 2006


The Clear Waters Initiative Charter aims to reduce the overall sediment delivery to Dane County's lakes and streams beyond current state and local requirements.

About the charter

The Charter is a partnership effort between the regulatory community (Dane County, the City of Madison, the City of Sun Prairie, the City of Fitchburg and the Department of Natural Resources), the building sector (Veridian Homes and Homburg Contractors), along with the Capital Area Regional Planning Commissions and the Wisconsin chapter of the North American Stormwater and Erosion Control Association. This Charter allows other building and development sector businesses, municipalities and related organizations to join the Charter by demonstrating an ability to comply with the terms and conditions of the Charter. This effort to involve multiple stakeholders is providing an opportunity for industry, state and local governments and organizations to work together as never before. The charter includes routine self-reporting through periodic third-party audits, a weekly virtual inspection program, a contractor training program, early involvement by the regulatory community in the planning phase of developments, and establishment of minimum performance standards for subdivisions and individual lots.

Charter participants

The following entities have signed the Clear Waters Initiative charter.




DNR contact Related participants
Eric Rortvedt
3911 Fish Hatchery Rd
Fitchburg WI 53711