Friday , 28 February 2020

February 5, 2020 E-News

RURAL WATER E-NEWS ……………………….    2/5/20   

Wisconsin lawmakers announce sweeping plan to regulate PFAS contamination in water.  State lawmakers on Thursday announced a sweeping proposal to regulate so-called “forever chemicals” that have contaminated Wisconsin waterways and raised concerns about their health risks and damage to the environment.  https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2020/01/30/wisconsin-lawmakers-announce-plan-regulate-pfas-water/4619849002/

Mississippi River Communities Face Early Flood Risk Due To Unusual Weather.  Wisconsin communities along the Mississippi River are bracing for potential flooding as recent swings in temperature exacerbate already high water.  https://www.wpr.org/mississippi-river-communities-face-early-flood-risk-due-unusual-weather

All signs point to more flooding in greater Green Bay this spring. Officials are preparing for the worst.  The question of whether Brown County will see more flooding this spring is not a matter of “if,” officials say.  https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/weather/2020/01/29/brown-county-officials-gear-up-potential-flooding-spring/4555851002/

Professor receives grant to study community responses to PFAS contamination.  A University of Wisconsin-Stout associate professor of anthropology in the social science department wants to learn more about how people react to living in toxic towns polluted by PFAS, known as the “forever chemical.”  https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/news-center/professor-receives-grant-study-community-responses-pfas-contamination

EPA rule change removes federal protections from large swath of waters and wetlands.  In a move designed to help business interests, the Trump administration on Thursday announced a new rule to reduce federal protections under the Clean Water Act.  https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/01/23/epa-rule-change-leaves-more-wisconsin-waters-and-wetlands-risk/4554084002/

A rural St. Croix County farm is under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources after a recent manure spill.  Warden Isaac Kruse was notified on Nov. 20, 2019, anonymously of manure flowing down from a location off County Highway G, east of Emerald Sky Dairy, according to a DNR report.  https://www.newsbreakapp.com/n/0O0pyPg2?s=a3&pd=02v5nxqd

Nominations for WRWA Awards Program due soon.  Now is the time to get nominations for our Awards Program in to our office.  If there has been someone who you feel should be recognized for their hard work and dedication, go to https://www.wrwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Nominations-Form.pdf to download a nomination form then email it to our office.  Many workers in the industry do a great job and here is your chance to tell everyone about their story.

Quote:  “All things are from water and all things are resolved into water.” – Thales

 

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