Wednesday , 20 February 2019

February 13, 2019 E-News

Getting E-Mail “invoices” from Current or Former WRWA staff?  If you are PLEASE DISREGARD and delete the e-mail.  WRWA doesn’t send any invoices out by e-mail.  Entities across the state are having this same issue (even the DNR!).

Tony Evers wants to borrow nearly $70M to address water quality:  Gov. Tony Evers will call for allowing state environmental and agricultural officials to borrow nearly $70 million more over the next two years to combat water pollution and replace lead pipes in his first state budget, following through on his pledge to attack drinking water contamination during his first year in office.  https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/tony-evers-wants-to-borrow-nearly-m-to-address-water/article_13b7fc0f-ea75-50a8-9eee-00b96374d64a.html#utm_source=madison.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail%2Fwsj-news&utm_medium=WhatCounts&utm_content=AD782472B79B93D20F58C2B8A32345DE1840D5A5

Rep. Shankland Named Vice Chair of Water Quality Task Force:  This week, Rep. Shankland (D-Stevens Point) was named Vice-Chair of the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality. Rep. Shankland will help lead the 16-member bipartisan committee consisting of legislators from the State Senate and Assembly. Rep. Shankland has demonstrated leadership and commitment to combating the water quality issues facing too many Wisconsinites, introducing legislation to provide immediate relief to homeowners with contaminated drinking water.  http://www.thewheelerreport.com/wheeler_docs/files/0212shankland_01.pdf

Wisconsin Takes On PFAS Groundwater Contamination.  Concerns are bubbling up over contaminated drinking water in some Wisconsin municipalities, leading officials to take action.  https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-takes-pfas-groundwater-contamination

High water levels expected in Great Lakes this summer.  Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit recently issued its latest six-month forecast for the lakes.  https://beloitdailynews.com/article/20190211/AP/302119910

Lawmakers invite northwestern Wisconsin residents to SOTU:  Two northwestern Wisconsin residents will have an in-person view of Tuesday’s State of the Union address by President Donald Trump.   A city official from Melrose and a retired educator from Webster will join federal lawmakers for the speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.  https://www.leadertelegram.com/news/daily-updates/lawmakers-invite-northwestern-wisconsin-residents-to-sotu/article_1be279ac-f4b0-55fd-89b1-167a575b8db7.html

6 Weeks to WRWA’s Spring Technical Conference.  It’s never too late to register for the conference in La Crosse, or to find a Hotel room!  Visit our website to find out more.  https://www.wrwa.org/wrwa-annual-technical-conference/

Vendors, we are down to about 20 exhibit booths for our Exhibit Hall.  First come first served!

As you may have heard the Wisconsin Delegation for Rural Water has returned from Washington DC where Board President Ramon Knudtson attended the State of the Union Address as Congressman Ron Kind’s guest.  We were very successful in our legislative visits and we are anxious to see how appropriations come out this year.  Stay tuned.

Quote:  “I thought the D.C. in Washington D.C. stood for “Da Capitol”. –  5th Grader from New York

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