RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….    4/15/20 

Wisconsin Communities Prepare As Mississippi River Hits Flood Stage.  Early forecasts from the National Weather Service showed potential for moderate to major flooding this year. But John Wetenkamp, service hydrologist for the National Weather Service in La Crosse, said slow melting snow this spring helped keep water levels from rising higher.  https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-communities-prepare-mississippi-river-hits-flood-stage

Wisconsin Cities, Villages Brace For Budget Fallout While Operating In Emergency Mode.  A new analysis says Wisconsin cities and villages will face major financial challenges in the next two years and beyond from the COVID-19 pandemic.  https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-cities-villages-brace-budget-fallout-while-operating-emergency-mode

Utilities Propose Moving Away From Water Withdrawals For Superior Power Plant.  Utility providers are proposing to move away from drawing millions of gallons of water daily as part of operating a planned $700 million natural gas plant in Superior.  https://www.wpr.org/utilities-propose-moving-away-water-withdrawals-superior-power-plant

DNR Directs JCI/Tyco To Provide Emergency Drinking Water for Three Homeowners On Private Wells Near JCI/Tyco Biosolid Applied Fields Investigation Area After Sampling Results Show High Levels of PFAS Contamination. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) directed Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) and its subsidiary Tyco Fire Products, LP (Tyco) to provide bottled drinking water for three homeowners after sample results showed elevated levels of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in the homeowners’ private drinking water wells. https://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=5093

What is a watershed and why should you care? Because the health of watersheds and flooding, water quality are inseparable.  Spring is here. Much of the snow that blanketed the state has melted away. And residents across Wisconsin are bracing for the spring flooding that regularly occurs when heavy spring rains inundate already swollen lakes and waterways.  https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2020/03/19/wisconsin-flooding-and-water-quality-watersheds-define-where-how-were-affected/4832716002/

National Water Utility Survey | Impacts of COVID-19 Emergency.  If you haven’t already, please fill out this rapid survey to assess the overall impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency on your utility. NRWA will use the information generated by this survey to support legislation to help all water utilities respond to and recover from this crisis.  The survey is intended for all water and wastewater utilities (“water utility”) nationwide.  Your answers will be kept strictly confidential. Please fill out one survey per utility.   Thank you for time.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRWACOVID19

There will be an Important DNR interactive meeting on Thursday April 16 from 1:00-3:00 pm for Wastewater systems.  This meeting will bring you up to date on all COVID issues, certification issues Monitoring and compliance issues among others.  Meeting specifics and agenda is attached.  This will be an important meeting so please Zoom in or Call in.

Finally, WRWA is almost ready for on-line training!! We are getting approvals and finalizing training sessions that anyone can attend and earn CEUs.  Stay tuned, we should be ready to go in a week or two.  Watch our website, www.wrwa.org, for information and registration.

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