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June 1, 2016 E-News

DNR PROVIDES UPDATE ON LEAD SERVICE LINE (LSL) REPLACEMENT FUNDING – The DNR has allocated $11.8 million of SFY 2017 Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) Principal Forgiveness (PF) funds for disadvantaged municipalities to use for replacing lead service lines (LSL) on private property for projects that result in full LSL replacements. Traditional SDWLP funding can be used for replacing lead service lines under the control of the municipality. They have provided updated information on this program on their Environmental Loans page at

BALDWIN BACKS FEDERAL MONEY FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE OVERHAUL – There could be up to 6 million lead pipes across the country connecting homes to municipal water lines, 100,000 of which are in Wisconsin. Cities are working to replace the connections but it can be an expensive proposition at roughly $3,000 per household. Now some lawmakers in Congress, including U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, are working on legislation to jumpstart the process with federal money.  Baldwin is one of 30 cosponsors of the True LEADership Act of 2016. “The True LEADership Act would inject $70 billion over the next 10-year time frame into water infrastructure and lead reduction programs through loan, grant, and tax credit programs,” she explained.

EPA RELEASES CWSRF ALLOTMENT REPORT – EPA released the Review of the Allotment of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Report to Congress on May 24. The report presents the results of EPA’s review of the current CWSRF allotment and its adequacy to address the water quality needs of eligible states, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. EPA prepared this report in response to Congress’s request under section 5005 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014. For more information, go to

LAKE MICHIGAN WATER LEVELS SEE ‘HISTORIC’ RISELake Michigan water levels have risen more than four feet since January 2013, an unprecedented increase since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began keeping records in 1918, says Thomas O’Bryan, area engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Michigan office. “This is an historic event,” O’Bryan said, noting that the high water levels have caused dramatic changes along the shoreline. According to the agency’s data, the lake has risen from 576.02 feet in January 2013 to 580.09 feet this May. It is still more than two feet below the record high of 582.35 set in October 1986.

FIFTH NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS REPORT RELEASED – FEMA and its partners released the 2016 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report summarizing the Nation’s progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. To achieve the National Preparedness Goal, the Nation must continue to build on the significant progress to date and address identified areas for improvement. In its fifth year, the report evaluates and measures gains that have been made in preparedness across the nation and identifies where challenges remain. These findings provide practical insights into preparedness and should be used to support decisions about future program priorities, resource allocations, and community actions. For a copy of the report, go to

STUDENTS RAISE POLLUTION AWARENESS, MARK BARABOO STORMWATER DRAINS – Fish in the Baraboo River have 10 new best friends. Members of Jack Young Middle School’s Science Club spent Tuesday afternoon affixing markers to storm drains. Each reads “No dumping: Drains to river.” The service project aims to alert residents that anything going down the drain — oil, chemicals, grass clippings – goes not to a treatment plant, but to the river. “Whatever you put in your drain, it could end up in your water, which is very, very bad,” adviser Bernadette Greenwood told 10 club members and five adult volunteers. “We really need to take care of our environment.” The crew set out to mark 50 drains as part of what could be a 15-year project. The city’s streets have 1,000 storm water drains. Greenwood and fellow adviser Melissa McDonald got city leaders’ blessing last fall. “This will be something we’ll do every year,” Greenwood said. Money from the school, a Culver’s fundraiser and a possible grant will help pay for this year’s $400 effort.

TECHNOLOGY USES TINY BUBBLES TO REDUCE INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER – During 12 years of visiting food plants and breweries, Jose Ramirez heard it over and over: cleaning the vats, tanks and piping every night generated oceans of wastewater, and getting rid of it was expensive. Now, Ramirez, former head of research at Diversey Inc., has a solution. Mikroflot Technologies, his newly minted start-up, is aiming to fix the problem using microscopic bubbles. “Our technology is based on a new way of generating these microscopic bubbles that is very simple and easy,” said Ramirez, who founded Mikroflot in 2014. The idea of using bubbles to push contaminants to the top of a tank that needs cleaning is nothing new. There are big, expensive systems for that, all with the goal of minimizing the repeated rinsing needed to clean equipment to the right standards.

QUOTE – “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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