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June 7, 2016 E-News

WEBINAR ON THE DNR LEAD SERVICE LINE REPLACEMENT FUNDING PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 8TH –  A live webinar on the SDWLP private Lead Service Line replacement program has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30 a.m. More information and a link to the webinar can be found on our website at: It will also be recorded and posted to the website for anyone not able to participate on Wednesday.

IS YOUR WATER UTILITY PREPARED TO HANDLE CONTAMINATION INCIDENTS? – The EPA Water Quality Surveillance and Response System Exercise Development Toolbox (EDT) helps drinking water utilities test, evaluate and improve their investigation and response procedures for distribution system contamination incidents. The toolbox can also serve as a database for procedures and future exercises. It allows utilities to learn about SRS training programs, develop realistic exercise scenarios, design SRS discussion-based & operations-based exercises and create exercise documents. The EDT is available at:

STATE AUDIT FINDS DNR IGNORING OWN RULES ON WATER POLLUTION – Wisconsin’s water quality regulators failed to follow their own policies on enforcement against polluters more than 94 percent of the time over the last decade, the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau said in a report released Friday. From 2005 to 2015, there was a general decline in state Department of Natural Resources enforcement activity to protect lakes, streams and groundwater from large livestock farms, factories and sewage treatment plants that discharge liquid waste, according to the bureau’s 124-page report.

U.S. SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH OPINION OF WISCONSIN, 23 OTHER STATES IN PROPERTY RIGHTS CASE – In a unanimous decision (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc.,) issued yesterday, the United States Supreme Court reined in the federal government’s continued encroachment under the Clean Water Act. The case, in which Attorney General Brad Schimel and 23 other states wrote an amicus curiae brief, challenged the federal government’s attempt to regulate a wetland in northwestern Minnesota. The Army Corps of Engineers declared a wetland in northwestern Minnesota, from which Hawkes Co., Inc. wanted to mine peat, to be within the “waters of the United States,” barring the company from mining until it received a permit approved by the federal government.  Hawkes sued, but the Army Corps claimed that Hawkes had no standing to sue unless and until the government decided to either fine the company for illegal mining, or until Hawkes obtained an expensive and time-consuming permit (that the Corps said it would deny). The Court’s decision means private landowners are able to seek immediate judicial review of a “jurisdictional determination” by a federal agency that a piece of land violates the Clean Water Act.

CENTRAL SANDS GROUP URGES DNR SECRETARY TO REJECT AG’S OPINION ON HIGH CAPACITY WELLS – A Central Sands advocacy group is urging the head of the Department of Natural Resources to reject Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s stance on high capacity wells, saying the AG’s opinion may lead to a drawdown of state waters. Schimel has said the DNR can’t go beyond what’s allowed under state law in regulating construction of high capacity wells. Friends of the Central Sands Board President Bob Clarke said Schimel’s opinion limits DNR authority to consider impacts of all high capacity wells in a region on state waters when permitting a single well. “How many straws can you put in a glass of water before the water’s gone? One well in and of itself may not have much impact, but the five, 10, 15, 20 wells around that area have a significant impact,” said Clarke.

QUOTE – “Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.” -Author Unknown

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