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Environmental Work in Progress
Posted on Jan 3rd, 2011

Work commenced this Fall on the site of the Herbrand Sand and Gravel Pit. For those unfamiliar, it is located on the other side of Hwy Q from our neighborhood. It is the area of land that was recently enclosed with a fence.
The Herbrand Sand & Gravel Pit is a licensed landfill that received waste during the 1970s and early 1980s. The landfill received primarily construction and demolition waste (concrete, asphalt, brick, re-bar, wood, metal, etc.), although some other wastes are known to have been placed in the landfill including auto shredder fluff. In 1996 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) requested environmental investigation of the site. Between 1996 and 2007 an investigation of the site was performed in various stages. The results of the investigation indicate negligible impacts to groundwater.
The landfill is undergoing modifications to its cap (surface), which will bring it into compliance with modern WDNR requirements. Some of the work was completed this past Fall, but the majority will occur in the Spring and early Summer of 2011.  Removing the vegetation is expected to allow the site to dry faster in the Spring, so the remainder of the work can be completed. Once the work begins next Spring, residents should expect normal earthwork equipment and trucks on the site. Over a period of a few months, the site will be slightly reshaped, topsoil will be placed and seeded, and the fence will be removed.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Northlake Neighborhood Board of Directors via the Contact Us link on the left-hand side of this page. The Board will do its best to get answers to your questions.
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