Wednesday , 25 April 2018

February 21, 2018 E-News

Trump Infrastructure Plan Would Pay For A Fraction Of Investment:  “I would love to see a more significant and robust investment in water and sewer infrastructure, in roads and bridges and schools and hospitals coming from the federal government, and anything short of that, yes, is a disappointment.” But what worries Benjamin most of all is that the $200 billion that is in the Trump plan comes from budget cuts to transit, community development block grants, and other programs that cities like his rely upon.  https://www.wpr.org/trump-infrastructure-plan-would-pay-fraction-investment

Lethal Pneumonia Outbreak Caused By Low Chlorine In Flint Water:  An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that killed 12 people and sickened at least 87 in Flint, Mich., in 2014 and 2015 was caused by low chlorine levels in the municipal water system, scientists have confirmed. It’s the most detailed evidence yet linking the bacterial disease to the city’s broader water crisis.  https://www.wpr.org/lethal-pneumonia-outbreak-caused-low-chlorine-flint-water

DNR awards grants for surface water project planning:  Communities throughout Wisconsin will soon reap the benefits of 222 grants awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources providing nearly $2.9 million in assistance for projects to improve water quality, reduce runoff, create aquatic habitat and reduce the spread of invasive species.  http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=628#art7

Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Management Grant Program applications are now available:  Cities, villages, towns, counties, regional planning commissions, tribal governments and special purpose lake, sewage, or sanitary districts have until April 16 to apply for competitive grants to assist them with the control of pollution from diffuse urban sources that is carried by storm water runoff.  http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=628#art7

More rain, flooding possible in southern Wisconsin:  A wintry mix was causing a wide swath of trouble across south-central and southeastern Wisconsin.  In northern Wisconsin, the weather service reports 11 inches of snow fell in Ashland over a 24-hour period ending Tuesday morning.  And a flood watch remains in effect for south-central and southeastern Wisconsin until 6 p.m. Tuesday  https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2018/02/19/ice-covered-roads-and-flooding-possible-southern-wiscnosniwatch-effect-south-central-southeastern-wi/353262002/

State Senate poised to roll back wetlands protections:  The state Senate is poised for a marathon session Tuesday that includes a controversial bill to roll back state wetlands protections.  Democrats and conservation groups have strongly opposed the bill, saying it would lead to the destruction of wetlands that serve as wildlife habitat, natural flood barriers and filters for water pollutants.  http://lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/state-senate-poised-to-roll-back-wetlands-protections/article_d8f6c37b-7277-5699-8ab4-ff9a3e160f15.html

WRWA 30th Annual Technical Conference is 4 ½ weeks away:  Have you registered yet?  Go to WRWA.org to register and find a hotel room.  Don’t be the only one to miss this year’s largest conference for water and wastewater operators in Wisconsin.

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