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July 27, 2016 E-News

DNR TO SET POLLUTION MARKS FOR MILWAUKEE RIVER BASIN – Wisconsin regulators are embarking on the biggest water pollution program for the Milwaukee River basin since construction of the deep tunnel system. The Department of Natural Resources is releasing preliminary figures Thursday on the reductions Milwaukee and other communities will have to meet for key pollutants flowing into the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers in the coming years. Much of the emphasis will be on polluted water that washes from the land in the form of leaves and grass, bits of debris, fertilizer, cattle manure — even pet waste. Known as “non-point” pollution, it is Milwaukee’s most serious water pollution problem, despite billions of dollars spent in recent decades on cleaning up the basin. http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/dnr-to-set-pollution-marks-for-milwaukee-river-basin-b99765319z1-387710541.html

EPA SURVEYS SHOW SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS – Communities across the country are facing the immediate challenges of aging and inadequate drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Most of our country’s underground water infrastructure was built 50 or more years ago, and in some older cities, water mains are a century old. Despite significant federal, state, and local expenditures, infrastructure investment has fallen short. Further, the cumulative investment gap is expected to widen substantially over the next 20 years with federal investments occupying a smaller space. EPA’s Clean Watershed Needs Survey and Drinking Water Needs Survey show that over $655 billion dollars in water infrastructure is needed over the next 20 years to keep pace with projected investment needs. https://blog.epa.gov/blog/tag/drinking-water/

STATE AWARDS $2.3 MILLION TO COMMUNITIES TO HELP REDEVELOP IDLE INDUSTRIAL SITES – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced that five communities will receive $2.3 million in state grants to help redevelop abandoned industrial sites throughout Wisconsin. Madison, Kimberly and Muskego each have been awarded $500,000 under the state’s Idle Industrial Sites Redevelopment Program. Green Bay will receive $425,000, and Oshkosh has been awarded $375,000 under the program, which is administered by WEDC. “Some of these vacant sites have been eyesores for over a decade and have stood in the way of efforts by these communities to revitalize the areas around them,” said Mark Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “Through this program, WEDC, local officials and the private sector are working together to help ensure these now-vacant properties will once again become vibrant cornerstones of their communities.” The state’s $2.3 million investment is expected to help spur redevelopment projects that ultimately will generate nearly $150 million in capital investment. http://inwisconsin.com/press_releases/state-awards-2-3m-to-communities-to-help-redevelop-idle-industrial-sites/

UTILITIES IMPLORE GAMERS: DON’T LOOK FOR PIKACHU AT SUBSTATIONS – The world is now divided into two camps. There are the people obsessed with the new “Pokemon Go” augmented reality game, rambling around their neighborhoods, smartphones in hand, seeking colorful creatures with monikers like Squirtle, Clefairy and Poliwag. Then there are the people trying to figure out what the heck is going on. America’s utilities found themselves in the latter camp this week. In the wake of the “Pokemon Go” game release, electric companies across the country are warning players against entering power plants and substations on the quest to capture Pikachu. http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060040315

DNR TO MULL OVER MOVING DIVISION HEADQUARTERS TO NORTHERN WISCONSIN – Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources have identified three cities for a possible relocation of the department’s Forestry Division. The department asked for public comment Thursday about the possible relocation of the division’s headquarters to Hayward, Rhinelander or Wausau. More than 40 communities showed interest. The division is currently located within the DNR’s offices at 101 S. Webster St. At its Madison location, the Forestry Division employs 56 full-time positions out of it’s about 450 full-time positions statewide. Wisconsin’s 2015-17 state budget directed the department to work on a plan to move the division. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/dnr-to-mull-over-moving-division-headquarters-to-northern-wisconsin/article_0e496fc0-e3d1-5b52-a29c-d75cf1815e85.html

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RIVER, A STREAM AND A CREEK? – Wisconsin boasts 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, a count that includes the Fox River, Pebble Creek and the Pewaukee River, all of which run through the Waukesha area. So what makes a river a river, and not a creek or a stream? While some may think the name depends on the overall width or depth of the body of water, that’s not the case. According to information from the U.S. Geological Survey, “there are no official definitions for generic terms as applied to geographic features.” Basically, because broad agreement on the definitions of geographic features is impossible, there are no official classification standards. When it comes to river vs. creek vs. stream, whatever someone decided to call the body of water is what is, regardless of how big or small it is. The Geographic Names Information System database, the official repository of U.S. geographic names, actually classifies all “linear flowing bodies of water” as streams. At least 121 generic terms, including creek and river, fall under the category of streams. http://www.waukeshanow.com/news/215698261.html

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