Beaver Dam Moves Forward With Addressing Phosphorus Mandates

11/7/17 – The city of Beaver Dam approved several resolutions Monday night that deal with controlling the phosphorus that goes into the river from its wastewater treatment plant. The council agreed to a settlement with the state Department of Natural Resources. As part of the settlement, the city council also voted to spend $50-thousand dollars on a facilities study to determine what type of multi-million-dollar structure will be built to limit phosphorus output. The facilities study will explore four options. The council last night also approved a resolution to enter into a letter of intent with Clearas Water Recovery Inc to explore implementation of the most expensive option but also the only option that has a potential revenue source. If ultimately chosen, Clearas would develop a $24.3-million-dollar facility that would take phosphorus from wastewater and convert it to a biomass that can be turned into a plastic-like pellet. The pellets have industrial uses and could be sold. That revenue, combined with a plan that would allow other communities to use the facility, could generate up to $1-million dollars a year. Under the terms of the DNR settlement, the new facility will have to be complete in six years.