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Visionaries spawn great ideas, which may, with favorable current, move downstream into reality. Sometimes they are landed by engineers, who pull them in and develop them into working models. On rare occasion, the visionary is also the engineer. The Wizard of Oz for January, 2013, is all that and more.
Dale Buser is a hydrogeologist, and the founder and Principal Hydrogeologist for Northern Environmental Technologies, Inc., a Mequon, Wisconsin based environmental consulting firm.
Dale loves fish and he loves Ozaukee County. He spent much of his childhood outdoors, always observing the natural things that made up his playground. Over time, he became disturbed that the waterways were changing and the fish were no longer able to get upstream to spawn. He began to envision reconnecting the streams and rivers from Lake Michigan on up to the wetlands that feed the streams. He shared his vision with Ozaukee County wizards, Andrew Struck and Andy Holschbach...over and over, until everyone was seeing the same thing.
Grants were written, programs designed and today Ozaukee has a world recognized fish passage system that is still in the making, but already the fish are coming home.
Besides envisioning and lobbying for the fish passage system, Dale used his engineering talents in its design, No small and ordinary fish ladder project, word spread and Dale was invited to the World's Large Rivers Conference April 2011, in Vienna Austria, where he presented A Comprehensive Solution to Aquatic Habitat Fragmentation, Laurentian Great Lakes (re: Milwaukee River Watershed Fish Passage Program) authored by Dale and Andrew Struck.
The fish passage program is just one of the changes that Dale has been instrumental in bringing about in Ozaukee County. Dale is a key board member on the Land Conservation Partnership of Ozaukee County, which began the process to protect working lands through permanent easements at the county level. Dale has been a life-long member of the Ulao Creek Partnership, which works to protect and enhance the Ulao Creek Watershed.
Most recently, Dale is a key visionary in the Ozaukee Treasures Network, whose purpose is to bring together Ozaukee County, the State of Wisconsin DNR, federal environmental agencies, and local and private groups and organizations that have common focus on Ozaukee County environment, conservation, land planning and outdoor recreation to be able to work together and independently with a unifying vision and understanding.
Visionary and engineer, Dale Busar continues to enrich Ozaukee County. He brings a unique perspective to his endeavors in that he takes the entire environment into consideration as he dreams and plans, He always considers the human residents, and the usual flora and fauna - but always specifically includes the unseen and often ignored, the soils and the microorganisms as well.
Treasures of Oz, on behalf of ALL Ozaukee County residents, are proud to name Dale Buser Wizard of Oz for January, 2013.
Village Board sharpens focus on designs that call for flood-control structure
Grafton officials on Monday sharpened their focus on ways to upgrade the Bridge Street dam by directing an engineering firm to prepare two bid packages for renovations.
The Village Board agreed to have Ayres Associates complete design plans for two options to bring the downtown landmark into compliance with state flood-control regulations.
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Town of Saukville officials have made no secret of their desire to make their community less enticing to mining operations.
Mother Nature has made that task difficult, because of the rich deposits of sand and gravel in the township.
While town leaders have been unable to come up with a way to ban mining and quarrying in the community, officials took the next-best step at the last Town Board meeting — setting financial expectations for the reclamation of quarry sites.
Supervisors unanimously approved a financial worksheet that spells out the anticipated cost of restoring quarry sites. A performance bond would be required of future quarry operators to cover those expenses.
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Birds of myriad feathers flock to Joan Sommer's yard in the Village of Fredonia. If you don't see them, you can hear them singing in the trees and bushes, waiting for her to fill the feeders in her small yard.
She counted 18 feeders last week, but may have missed a few, and she's always adding more.
"I've come to believe that birds like to feed in flocks, probably for safety, so if you put out only one feeder, they're less inclined to come to it," Sommer said.
"I once had 100 goldfinches at one time. The more feeders you have, the more birds that will come. You don't have to have fancy feeders."
Each of her feeders holds a single type of seed that appeals to specific birds. She doesn't buy mixed birdseed.
Read the whole story on the Ozuakee Press Website