Monday , 19 March 2018

February 1, 2018 E-News

Former dairy lobbyist now runs AG Brad Schimel’s environmental protection unit:  Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has appointed a former dairy industry lobbyist and lawyer to direct the Department of Justice Environmental Protection Unit. Anna J. Wildeman worked as a Wisconsin Dairy Business Association lobbyist and represented dairy interests when they faced complaints about environmental damage from high-capacity wells and manure from 2007 through 2015.

Madison Water Utility pumps lowest amount of water in 50 years:  The Madison Water Utility is looking to set a new target for reducing water usage in the city after it pumped just under 9.5 billion gallons of water in 2017, the lowest rate in 50 years.  It’s a significant achievement in water conservation considering Madison’s population grew by about 95,000 people in the last 50 years, spokeswoman Amy Barrilleaux said.

Wisconsin tribe sues federal government over Aquila mine in Michigan’s UP:  The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin on Monday sued two federal agencies over their handling of a massive mine proposed on land just over the state line in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  The federal government has delegated to the state of Michigan extra authority for protecting wetlands and waterways like those on the mine site, which is 150 feet from the Menominee River.

Plover seeks to replace water-filtering system to block nitrates:  Equipment that keeps dangerously high levels of nitrates out of Plover’s drinking water is becoming outdated, and the village wants to spend an estimated $2.8 million to update the system.

Green Bay water utility making progress in replacing lead service lines, last should be removed by 2021:  The Green Bay Water Utility’s quest to eliminate lead service pipes took a giant stride forward in 2017.  The utility’s “Get the Lead Out” program has cut about a third of the utility-owned lead service lines in the city, leaving it with about 959 lines, according to the utility.

DNR appeals to reinstate high-capacity pumping from vulnerable aquifers: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has gone to court to reinstate high-capacity well permits that its own experts said would harm vulnerable lakes, streams and drinking water. The DNR has filed with the state Court of Appeals District 2 in Waukesha to overturn Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn’s ruling in October throwing out eight industrial well permits granted to businesses by the DNR.

Foxconn to use up to 7 million gallons daily from Lake Michigan:  Foxconn’s efforts to build a massive manufacturing plant in Mount Pleasant prompted municipal officials on Monday to seek state permission to tap as much as 7 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan, largely to meet the company’s anticipated needs.  The City of Racine asked the Department of Natural Resources for permission to divert water from the lake — a step required by an interstate agreement that guides water use in the Great Lakes basin.

New Forum link on  Post a Question and look for information from other systems.  Front page of the WRWA website now has a “Forum” link where you can post questions and comments to other systems.  The link is located on the extreme right side of the Links bar at the top of the page.

Registration for vendors and attendees is open for the 30th Annual Technical Conference in La Crosse.  March 26-29.  This is a big year with lots of new training and an extensive Exhibitor Hall.  Go to for registration and more info.

Due to Washington DC Rally there will be no e-news next week.

Quote:  “Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.”  W. C. Fields

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