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Special Limited Term GCAC Subcommittee: Public Health and Groundwater Protection Ordinance Subcommittee

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In January 2017, GCAC decided to form a special limited term subcommittee to analyze the proposed “Public Health and Groundwater Protection Ordinance” that was brought before GCAC in late 2016.    To view a copy of the proposed ordinance that the Subcommittee reviewed please click here.

The purpose of the subcommittee was to:

  • Identify threats to groundwater resources and public health from current land use, water, and waste management practices in Portage County;
  • Review current County ordinances to determine if they are addressing identified threats;
  • Draft recommendations for addressing identified threats to groundwater resources and public health, which may include creation of a groundwater protection ordinance;
  • Determine statutory authority for recommendations;
  • Maintain constant communication with GCAC, including a written report to the GCAC Committee that will be distributed with the meeting packet.

The subcommittee consisted of at six members of GCAC.  Meetings were open to the public to attend and were publicly noticed.  . The Subcommittee requested Planning and Zoning Department staff assistance in the conducting and summarizing of information utilized in the discussions.

The subcommittee met from February 2017 until August 2017.

The work of this subcommittee was undertaken in an advisory capacity for the Portage County Groundwater Citizens Advisory Committee, which is responsible for review and recommendation of the results to the Portage County Planning and Zoning Committee.

A report was compiled to summarize the findings and discussion of the Subcommittee.  To view this report please click here.

GCAC members who served on this subcommittee include:





Edward Burns


John Droske


Garth Frost



Dave Mangin

Park Ridge

Dan McFarlane

Amherst Junction

 Deb Jakubek



 Subcommittee Meetings and Materials