Tuesday , 23 April 2019

April 3, 2019 E-News

RURAL WATER E-NEWS ……………………….    4/3/19

Water Quality Expert Calls Fox River PCB Cleanup Settlement Momentous.  Earlier this month, the cleanup of a toxic chemical in the Fox River reached a milestone when a federal judge approved a settlement holding the paper companies who released the toxin into the river responsible for final cleanup costs.  https://www.wpr.org/water-quality-expert-calls-fox-river-pcb-cleanup-settlement-momentous

Midwest flooding threatens the water safety in 1 million wells.  Record flooding in the Midwest is now threatening the safety of more than a million private water wells.  https://www.channel3000.com/health/midwest-flooding-threatens-the-water-safety-in-1-million-wells/1063275702

Evers touts plans to have 100 percent clean energy by 2050, address water quality issues.  After spending the week touring areas of Wisconsin impacted by recent flooding, Gov. Tony Evers is reaffirming his commitment to addressing conservation issues in Wisconsin.  https://www.channel3000.com/news/evers-touts-plans-to-have-100-percent-clean-energy-by-2050-address-water-quality-issues/1063295708

Wisconsin does not qualify for a FEMA disaster declaration.  The state of Wisconsin does not have enough damage from recent flooding to warrant filing for a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration. Columbia County officials say the state did not meet the damage threshold. While the water is receding, many rivers across the state are still at high levels. https://www.wsaw.com/content/news/Wisconsin-does-not-qualify-for-a-FEMA-disaster-declaration–507760731.html

Shore Acres residents get out their waders as road — and backup road — floods.  Rising waters have turned parts of Shore Acres Road into a retention pond as the Mississippi River climbs toward its projected 14.6 feet crest Wednesday.  https://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/shore-acres-residents-get-out-their-waders-as-road-and/article_b0a941dd-73a4-5eac-8ea5-0b5a75cbde39.html

Rise in radium level prompts Oconto to shut down drinking water well.  According to the city of Oconto, there is no immediate risk to residents and no need to use bottled water, though anyone with specific health concerns should consult a physician.  https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/oconto-county/2019/04/01/water-pollution-rise-radium-level-prompts-closure-oconto-city-water-well-wisconsin-cancer-risk/3331849002/

Thanks to all for another successful conference.  Friday March 29 marked the end of the 31st annual WRWA Technical Conference.  Over 1250 attendees received many hours of training and visited the largest exhibit hall in the state.  Thanks to our attendees, WRWA Board and Staff for a great success.  See you next year.

Please consider attending the jointly sponsored Regulatory Affairs Meeting, May 1, 2019 in Madison.  There will be many interesting topics discussed.  Please go to the website for an agenda and registration information.  https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.wiawwa.org/resource/resmgr/regulatory__/2019_regulatory_affairs_broc.pdf

Quote:  “Individually we are one drop.  Together we are an ocean”-Ryunosuke Satoro



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