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August 31, 2016 E-News

WESTERN WISCONSIN OFFICIALS THANKFUL FOR STATE AID, STILL UNSURE HOW THEY’LL COVER COSTS – Even with a promise of state disaster assistance, town officials in Buffalo and Trempealeau counties are wondering how they’ll pay for road damage from heavy flooding in early August. Between 4 and 8 inches of rain fell on Buffalo and Trempealeau Counties within a 45 minute span the morning of Aug. 11, causing small creeks to jump their banks and ravage roads and homes. Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency for Buffalo, Trempealeau and Eau Claire counties Monday, paving the way for state reimbursement of up to 75 percent of road repairs. But Gilmanton Board Chair Marvin Meier isn’t sure how they’ll pay to fix more than $170,000 in road damages in the first place. http://www.wpr.org/western-wisconsin-officials-thankful-state-aid-still-unsure-how-theyll-cover-costs

STUDY: SMALLER VILLAGES STRUGGLING MORE THAN BIGGER CITIES WITH ECONOMIC RECOVERY – Cities and villages are scaling back road repairs in the face of state aid cuts, and smaller villages have struggled more than their larger cities to recover from the Great Recession, according to a new study. The study, prepared for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, is the first of what is expected to be annual reviews of municipal survey data. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/study-smaller-villages-struggling-more-than-bigger-cities-with-economic/article_773b36e5-5db1-5faf-a7ab-e38b5c0518b6.html

DNR DELAY RAISES DOUBTS ABOUT VOW TO FEND OFF MORE CUTS – Last winter, a top Department of Natural Resources executive told concerned employees it was “critically important” to finish a reorganization plan by summer because the plan could protect the department from budget cuts. But on Tuesday, the department announced the reorganization wouldn’t be discussed again publicly until late fall, months into the state budget process and just weeks before Gov. Scott Walker sends his proposed spending plan to the Legislature. An employee newsletter item on the new timetable said the process was complicated and more time was needed to “get things right.” http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/environment/dnr-delays-raises-doubts-about-vow-to-fend-off-more/article_7482f2aa-2753-5a2d-a040-9790b80ee8a0.html

FOUR WISCONSIN PROJECTS NET $400,000 TO REDUCE PHOSPHORUS AND SEDIMENT IN LAKE MICHIGAN BASIN – Four projects in Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan Basin will receive more than $400,000 to help reduce phosphorous and sediment pollution in the lake. The four awards are part of nearly $2 million given by the Great Lakes Commission to 14 projects across the region. For more information go to http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=551#art6

APPLY NOW FOR WISCONSIN DATCP PRESCRIPTION DRUG GRANTSThe application materials for the 2017 Unwanted Prescription Drug Clean Sweep grants are now available. Completed applications are due Friday, September 30 by 11:59 p.m. Applicants may use the grants to fund drug collection programs in Wisconsin, including purchasing drug drop-off boxes.   In addition, application materials for agricultural and household hazardous waste clean sweep grants are available on the same page. Learn more at: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/CSApps.aspx

NEXT NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY ANNOUNCEDOn October 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host its biannual National Drug Take-Back Day to offer Americans a way to remove leftover prescription drugs from their homes. For information click here. The Wisconsin Department of Justice will also hold its Dose of Reality collection the same day. Use this website to find collection locations near you. http://doseofrealitywi.gov/drug-takeback/

MARQUETTE LAW SCHOOL TO HOST CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC POLICY AND AMERICAN DRINKING WATER – Nationally renowned water corrosion and treatment expert Marc Edwards and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett are among the featured guests for an upcoming conference, “Public Policy and American Drinking Water,” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Marquette University Law School’s Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St. Amid great concern about the future of water quality and quantity, this conference will take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the water-related legal, scientific, engineering and environmental issues that fill today’s news and touch all of our lives. Topics include- Lead, drinking water, and aging infrastructure; Groundwater supply issues; Water pricing and valuation; Lessons from Flint; Public-private partnerships and the privatization of drinking water delivery systems; Public perceptions of drinking water contamination. For information go to https://news.marquette.edu/news-releases/marquette-law-school-to-host-conference-on-public-policy-and-american-drinking-water/

WRWA 15TH ANNUAL OUTDOOR EXPO – This annual event was held on August 25th with close to 700 water and wastewater industry personnel in attendance. The Expo was held under beautiful sunny skies with many vendor activities, product demonstrations, equipment displays, tapping competition, classrooms training sessions, pig-roast lunch, refreshments, Expo raffles, silent auction and much, much more. The WRWA Board and Staff would like to thank everyone who helped make this event such a success, and ask that attendees take a couple minutes to fill out the evaluation at http://www.wrwa.org/outdoor-expo/ to let us know your thoughts on how we can make next year’s event even better.

QUOTE – “There is one thing I have never taught my body how to do and that is to figure out at 6 A.M. what it wants to eat at 6 P.M.” – Erma Bombeck

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