Sunday , 19 November 2017

October 25, 2017 E-News

LONG-RANGE PLAN ADDRESSES WISCONSIN’S FUTURE WASTEWATER NEEDS– A plan to manage the region’s wastewater through 2040 will advance to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources following a hearing and public comment period organized by Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and concurrence by the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission. The district’s proposed liquid processing facilities plan focuses on future needs of the district and opportunities related to the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant liquid treatment processes. The facilities plan addresses the need for increased capacity, resiliency and flexibility to manage peak flows. “Wastewater utilities must plan for success many years in advance to accommodate community development and minimize the impact of large capital projects on ratepayers,” said Michael Mucha, the district’s chief engineer and director. “The proposed liquid processing facilities plan integrates economic, environmental and quality of life considerations in a way that minimizes total resource expenditures over the project period.” http://www.waterworld.com/articles/2017/10/long-range-plan-addresses-wisconsin-s-future-wastewater-needs.html

BUILDING CAPACITY FOR ORAL HEALTH FLUORIDATION EQUIPMENT IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES– The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to offer a funding opportunity for community water systems to replace aging water fluoridation equipment or implement new equipment for the fluoridation of community water. Eligible entities may include state or local government agencies, oral health coalitions, state affiliates of rural water associations, and state dental associations. An informational conference call will be held October 24, 2017 at 1:00pm ET to learn more about the RFP and to have a chance to ask NACCHO and CDC questions regarding the application and funding opportunity. Applications are due by November 30, 2017 by 11:59 pm ET. Applicants are required to create a MY NACCHO account to access and submit an application. To apply, visit http://bit.ly/2yclv7q.

THREE SWINE FACILITIES PROPOSED IN CHIPPEWA COUNTY. IF APPROVED, EACH FACILITY WOULD HAVE A 2,400-HOG CAPACITY– Three new swine-raising facilities, each with the capacity of 2,400 hogs, could be coming to Chippewa County. The county’s Land Conservation and Forest Management Committee heard a report on Oct. 18 about Jackson, Minn.-based Old Fashion Pork’s plans to open the three barns, where newborn pigs would be brought to the farm and live there until they are sent to be processed hogs, said David Nashold, the county’s environmental engineer in the Land Conservation Department. “It would be a finishing facility,” Nashold said. “They are taking a very young pig and taking it up to processing weight. There is no butchering on site.” At 2,400 hogs on each site, the three farms are just below the 2,500-animal threshold where the farms would receive state oversight, Nashold added. http://www.thecountrytoday.com/frontpage/2017/10/18/lt-div-class-libPageBodyLinebreak-gt-3-swine-facilities-proposed-lt-div-gt.html

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP, TROUBLE IN FARM COUNTRY: EWG headline adds, “Ag Runoff Fouls Tap Water Across Rural America.”  Article states, “Federal policies do little to keep farm pollution from getting into tap water in the first place…  Nationwide, 97 percent of public drinking water systems with nitrate at or above that level serve 25,000 people or less…  Those 1,683 communities are surrounded by millions of acres of cropland on which nitrogen-rich fertilizers and manure are applied every year.” https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/trouble-in-farm-country.php?utm_campaign=Social+Traffic&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1508333878#.We3UknZrxaS

CITY IN IOWA TO USE MAN-MADE ISLANDS TO CLEAN CREEKThink of them as nature’s kidneys, Autumn Boos said of the matrix of recycled drinking bottles that resemble giant pot scrubbers sitting next to Dubuque’s 16th Street detention basin. Over time, the porous, raft-like structures made with nontoxic post-consumer plastics will be teeming with native plants and aquatic life, she told the Telegraph Herald. “The wonderful symmetry is we take around 67,000 plastic bottles that otherwise would go into a landfill and instead use them to clean the water and create a floating ecosystem,” said Boos, director of sales and marketing at Midwest Floating Island. The St. Paul, Minnesota-based company started installing a system of “floating islands” in the Bee Branch Creek this month to target excess nutrients in the water and increase biodiversity. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/iowa/articles/2017-08-12/city-in-iowa-to-use-man-made-islands-to-clean-creek

FLINT COUNCIL EXTENDS WATER SUPPLY DEAL WITH GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY FOR 2 YEARSThe City Council of Flint, Mich., was supposed to decide this week whether to keep the city on the Detroit water system under a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority or choose an alternative source. The plan is backed by Mayor Karen Weaver, the state and U.S. EPA. Instead, the Council sought a two year extension of its water supply contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority on the same date that a U.S. District Judge had set a deadline for a final decision on the embattled city’s water source. U.S. District Judge David Lawson had previously ordered the Council to make a final decision on its water source following the lead crisis in the Midwestern city. This week, he said the city would be “forced under duress to decide on a long-term contract” before it had an expert analysis if it completed the 30-year contract with Great Lakes. Detroit News reports the City Council was “troubled by the length of the contract and the concern for water rate increases, among other issues.” http://www.waterworld.com/articles/2017/10/flint-council-extends-water-supply-deal-with-great-lakes-water-authority-for-2-years.html

QUOTE– “So, if we lie to the government, it’s a felony. But if they lie to us its politics.” – Bill Murray

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