Monday , 18 December 2017

December 6, 2017 E-News

STORMWATER DIPLOMACY: MMSD OFFERS TECHNICAL ASSIST TO BEIJING WATER AUTHORITY THIS WEEKRepresentatives of the Beijing Water Authority will be in Milwaukee Thursday to get a firsthand look at stormwater management efforts here that could be adapted in China’s capital city to solve its major flooding and water scarcity problems. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/12/04/stormwater-diplomacy-mmsd-offers-technical-beijing-water-authority-milwaukee-week-seeking-assist-mms/905858001/

DECLINING PROPERTY VALUES HIGHLIGHT NEED TO REFORM CAFO REGULATIONSIn November, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue lowered a Kewaunee County landowner’s property taxes because of proximity to a large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO). The Department of Revenue reviewed three years of data from home sales in the county, and found that on average, homes within a quarter mile of a large CAFO sold for 13 percent less than their assessed value, and homes between a quarter of a mile and one mile from a large CAFO sold for 8 percent less than their assessed value. http://www.thewheelerreport.com/wheeler_docs/files/1204wfu.pdf

CAFOS IN NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN LOOK TO EXPAND; FARMS SEEK PERMIT RENEWALTwo large farms in northeastern Wisconsin are seeking permit renewals from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and three are looking to expand, one of which is looking to expand to the point that it will be considered a concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO. https://www.wpr.org/cafos-northeastern-wisconsin-look-expand-farms-seek-permit-renewal

COWLES/TUSLER BILL TO IMPROVE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN STATE PARKS SIGNED INTO LAWThe Parks Revitalization Act is designed to tackle the ongoing issue of degrading water infrastructure in some of our most visited parks. Good drinking water quality should not be in question, and the health and safety of our visitors should be protected. By addressing the critical water infrastructure projects identified by the DNR, we can continue to ensure that our state park visitors have an enjoyable outdoors experience and continue to use our parks. I hope to see the DNR work on completing some of these critical water infrastructure projects before next summer. http://www.thewheelerreport.com/wheeler_docs/files/1127cowles.pdf

US-CANADIAN AGENCY OUTLINES CHALLENGES FACING GREAT LAKES WATER QUALITYA joint United States-Canadian agency released a report Tuesday making more than 30 recommendations to improve water quality across the Great Lakes.  Several key recommendations of the report include setting standards and timelines to eliminate untreated sewage, reducing nutrient runoff from farms, and cutting back on man-made pollution from chemicals. https://www.wpr.org/us-canadian-agency-outlines-challenges-facing-great-lakes-water-quality

OHIO WASTEWATER WORKERS FIND HUMAN BODY PARTSCity employees in Youngstown, Ohio, have found human body parts in a ravine.  The discovery was made Thursday while Youngstown wastewater employees were checking manhole covers. http://www.waterworld.com/articles/2017/12/ohio-wastewater-workers-find-human-body-parts.html

MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AWARDED $2.85M GRANT TO ADDRESS NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION EPA has awarded the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality a $2.85 million grant to address nonpoint source pollution. EPA will support implementation of activities intended to eliminate or prevent Mississippi water quality problems due to the discharge of pollutants from nonpoint sources. Nonpoint source pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over the ground. This runoff picks up natural and man-made pollutants as it flows, eventually depositing the material into lakes, rivers, and groundwater. http://www.waterworld.com/articles/2017/11/mississippi-department-of-environmental-quality-awarded-2-85m-grant-to-address-nonpoint-source-pollution.html

HARVEY LEAVES THOUSANDS STILL WAITING ON CLEAN WATERThousands of people are still waiting on access to safe drinking water in parts of Texas more than three months after Hurricane Harvey.  The storm and the heavy rains that followed overflowed drainage districts, cut off water and prompted hundreds of boil-water notices across the Gulf Coast. More than a dozen boil-water notices remain in effect across affected areas. http://lacrossetribune.com/news/national/harvey-leaves-thousands-still-waiting-on-clean-water/article_e9a29600-26ad-5e9f-aedd-4d13aac1e1af.html

Quote:  “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.”  Louis Cole

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