EPA ISSUES STATEMENT ON KEWAUNEE COUNTY DRINKING WATER PROGRAM – “EPA is pleased that Peninsula Pride Farms’ Water Well program will provide short-term relief to Kewaunee County residents affected by E. coli contaminated drinking water wells,” said acting EPA Region 5 Administrator Robert Kaplan. “We have worked closely with Sen. Tammy Baldwin to keep all the parties focused on ensuring people have access to safe drinking water.” This voluntary action is an important step toward fulfilling the recommendations made in Wisconsin DNR’s June 2016 Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup Final Report. In June, the Final Report was made publicly available and was presented at a public meeting hosted by Wisconsin DNR. EPA will continue working with Peninsula Pride Farms, interested citizens, and state and local agencies on other efforts to implement recommendations from the final report. EPA will continue to monitor developments in Kewaunee County and take any necessary enforcement actions in order to ensure protection of public health. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-statement-kewaunee-county-drinking-water-program
FREE WEBINAR ON BEST PRACTICES FOR RUNNING A PHARMACY-BASED DRUG TAKE-BACK PROGRAM – Pharmacies can play an important role in providing their communities access to convenient drug take-back programs, particularly in rural areas. Not only do drug take-back programs provide an easy, safe, and effective way to reduce the public health and environmental impacts of leftover drugs, they also benefit pharmacies through increased foot traffic and customer loyalty. This webinar will walk attendees through best practices for setting up and implementing a drug take-back program at retail pharmacies and hospital pharmacies informed by a year-long pilot project in rural New York. Our knowledgeable pharmacists will discuss their experience with meeting the regulatory requirements to launch a program; how to set up a collection kiosk; the most effective outreach strategies for reaching residents in rural communities; and other key tips for running a successful drug take-back program. To register, go to http://www.productstewardship.us/event/how-to-run-a-pharmacy-based-drug-take-back-program
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH – This week’s focus is Emergency Response. Planning ahead for an emergency can reduce the public health and economic consequences of natural or man-made disasters. The Water Utility Response On-The-Go mobile website puts emergency response resources in the palm of your hand. New features – including local weather watches and warnings, customizable contact lists, and enhanced damage assessment forms – improve real-time access to information and tools that water utilities may need during an emergency. Plan for emergencies today to reduce future impacts. Whether you are updating your Emergency Response Plan, identifying mitigation projects, or connecting to a mutual aid network, EPA has tools and resources to help your utility prepare for disasters.
DATA SHOWS WISCONSIN SUMMER FOURTH WETTEST ON RECORD – Wisconsin’s average rainfall this summer was among the highest ever, according to data recently released by the National Centers for Environmental Information. Statewide, about 16 inches of rain fell in Wisconsin from June to August, which is about 4 inches above average. That makes this summer the fourth wettest on record. But according to State Climatology Office director John Young, heavy rainfall during the summertime could become the norm. Young, an emeritus professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department, attributes that trend to climate change. “We are seeing a trend upward in humidity and when you get very humid air masses becoming more common in the summertime, it’s almost certain that somewhere in the region there’s going to be a tendency to have more heavy rains,” Young said. http://news.wpr.org/data-shows-wisconsin-summer-fourth-wettest-record
ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANTS OPENS SOON – The application period for the Fiscal Year 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program runs from October 11ththrough November 18th. The AFG program helps fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS departments, and state fire training academies get equipment, training, PPE, vehicles, and other gear they may not be able to get otherwise due to financial constraints. The AFG website offers resources to help departments successfully complete the grant process, including application guidance materials; information on Economic Hardship Waivers; videos on getting a grant, procurement integrity, and AFG vehicle grants; a frequently asked questions section, and more.
Help is available for a fee through a number of groups such as the National Volunteer Fire Council as well as several businesses, which a quick internet search will find. This is a great way for departments to fill in gaps in their essential equipment and training needs, and an opportunity to learn how to write a grant proposal. If your department has not tried for an AFG grant, consider stepping up this year and trying for a piece of the pie. https://www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant
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