The Committee on the Environment for the City of Madison (Wisconsin) will discuss the possible designation of sentinel (fish) species for the Madison lakes and the creation of energy benchmarking requirements for certain types (public and commercial) of buildings in the City of Madison as part of Madison General Ordinances. The Committee’s meeting will be held at 4:30 pm on December 16, 2013 in Room 103A of the City-County Building at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard in Madison. Click here for the Agenda.
The Committee on the Environment “Advises the Mayor and Common Council in making studies and recommendations relative to water, land and air quality, noise abatement, use control, safety and management of the lakes, rivers and streams and other bodies of water . . .” To learn more about the Committee on the Environment, click here.
Alder Sue Ellingson (District 13), a member of the Committee on the Environment apparently initiated the sentinel species idea with the apparent goal of designating a charismatic species that would also be an indicator of the health or condition of Madison lakes. Area freshwater lakes and fisheries experts have so far recommended consideration of species such as sturgeon, musky, walleye, yellow perch, bluegill, and small mouth bass.
The Committee will also discuss possibly “Creating Section 29.047 to create an energy benchmarking requirement . . .” for some kinds of buildings in Madison. In the agenda materials energy benchmarking is described (and I simplify and summarize here) as a way of setting standards for energy use as a way of saving energy by promoting efficient and effective energy use. The agenda describes the discussion as considering a bail deposit for violation of this requirement which is enforceable by the City Engineer.