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July 26, 2017 E-News

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED IN 17 WESTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN WATERLOGGED WISCONSIN COUNTIES– Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency Friday for 17 Wisconsin counties, including Dane County, to help deal with the aftermath of heavy rains this week. Torrential rains and storms over the last few days across the southwestern, south-central and western Wisconsin counties have led to closed and flooded roads and trails, flooded rivers and downed trees. With the state of emergency declared, Walker directed state agencies to help those impacted by the floods. He also activated the Wisconsin National Guard, which could be called out if local authorities ask for assistance. Besides Dane, Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Trempealeau and Vernon counties were included in the declaration.  Walker had already declared a state of emergency because of heavy rain in Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties last week. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/state-of-emergency-declared-in-western-and-southwestern-waterlogged-wisconsin/article_202a30e6-8cdb-5032-abec-20965998962b.html

U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN HELPS REVERSE DEEP BUDGET CUTS TO RURAL DEVELOPMENT– U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, worked to reverse deep cuts to rural development programs proposed by the Trump Administration. Senator Baldwin worked across party lines in the Senate Appropriations Committee and successfully fought to reverse these cuts and include strong investments for rural America in the FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Last year alone, USDA Rural Development supported drinking water and wastewater systems in dozens of Wisconsin comminutes. Wisconsin received $57,318,095 in water and wastewater loan and grant funding. These investments supported clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in small towns. 85% of projects funded by USDA water programs in 2016 went to communities with fewer than 5,000 residents. These communities may otherwise be unable to access the credit they need to keep their water clean and safe. https://www.baldwin.senate.gov/press-releases/usda-rural-development-cuts-reversed

LARGE FEEDLOT HIT WITH $50,000 FINE FOR MANURE POLLUTION– Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s justice department last month quietly agreed to a $50,000 fine for a large feedlot that polluted drinking water and streams in 2014 and 2015. Stahl Brothers Dairy is in Kewaunee County where more than 30 percent of tested drinking water wells have been found tainted by hazardous bacteria, most of it from the large dairy operations the state has permitted on one of the region’s most vulnerable aquifers. The concentrated animal feeding operations house thousands of cows that produce hundreds of thousands of gallons of manure, which the CAFO operators spread on farm fields. Improperly spread manure seeps through the area’s thin soil and fractured bedrock or runs off into surface water. In a 2014 violation that was part of the Stahl Brothers fine, the owner of a well near where the CAFO spread manure had drinking water that “was still odorous and had a milky yellow color” a week after tests showed it was tainted with bacteria, the justice department said in court documents. http://lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/large-feedlot-hit-with-fine-for-manure-pollution/article_e44524d9-313d-5572-b467-dbe62169148c.html

SUPPORTERS, FOES CLASH OVER UNDERWATER OIL PIPELINE’S FUTURE – An engineering company’s report on the future of twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac is flawed and biased in favor of continuing the existing system, critics said Monday. A business coalition said keeping oil flowing through the 64-year-old pipes is essential to Michigan’s economy. Supporters and opponents of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 made their cases as officials convened a series of public feedback sessions on a draft analysis performed for the state of Michigan. The report submitted in June by Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. outlined six alternatives for the line, which transports about 23 million gallons daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. A nearly 5-mile-long (8-kilometer) segment divides into two pipes at the bottom of the waterway connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan. http://host.madison.com/business/supporters-foes-clash-over-underwater-oil-pipeline-s-future/article_2adf6761-b565-5ec5-9faa-3f64409b203b.html

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RELEASES FIRST UNIFIED REGULATORY AGENDA: The federal government’s regulatory agenda announcement includes current and anticipated regulatory actions.  EPA’s agenda includes revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule with a proposed date of January 2018 and final rule proposed date of July 2019.  Notably absent from the list is the perchlorate rule. https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaMain?operation=OPERATION_GET_AGENCY_RULE_LIST&currentPub=true&agencyCode=&showStage=active&agencyCd=2000&Image58.x=52&Image58.y=11&Image58=Submit

FINAL DNR DRINKING WATER GUIDANCE ON ENTRY POINT MONITORING AVAILABLE– Effective July 13, 2017, the Department of Natural Resources adopted new guidance for making decisions related to monitoring drinking water at public water systems. The guidance addresses where to collect drinking water compliance samples, specifically entry point samples, and how to handle situations that do not conform to code. The final version of the document is now available on the Proposed DNR Program Guidance webpage through August 7, 2017.  Visit http://dnr.wi.gov, search “program guidance”.  If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Pierce, 608-275-3311, eileen.pierce@wisconsin.gov.

WRWA/PSC REGIONAL UTILITY MANAGEMENT TRAINING SEMINARS

This long running collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Rural Water Association and the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to assist communities in staying in compliance with state utility regulations starts next week with the first 2017 session on Wednesday, August 2nd at the Ashwaubenon Village Hall. The session will cover a variety of topics related to utility management, customer relations, construction authorization, lead service line replacement and funding sources. For information on these sessions and to register, go to http://www.wrwa.org/training-event/regional-utility-management-6-municipal-water-credits-4/

WRWA 16th ANNUAL OUTDOOR EXPO – Mark your calendars now to attend this educational and fun-filled event. Classroom training, product demonstrations, attendee activities, heavy equipment displays, Raffle prizes and lunch & refreshments provided. It also includes our Utility Truck competition, “Buy, Sell and Swap” area where you can display items for sale to the over 700 attendees of the event, and the “Tools of the Trade” area where you can display items, tools and equipment you’ve designed yourself to make your job easier. For additional information on this event or to register, go to http://www.wrwa.org/outdoor-expo/

QUOTE– “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”-  Thomas Jefferson

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