RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….  7/1/20 

Two Wisconsin tribes join lawsuit against Trump administration, EPA over water protections.  Two Wisconsin Native American tribes have joined in a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration and the Environmental Protection Agency on June 22 for rollback of Obama-era water protections.  https://www.boreal.org/2020/06/27/319353/two-wisconsin-tribes-join-lawsuit-against-trump-administration-epa-over-water-protections

Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grant, Expense Reporter app is now available.  Expense Reporter app is now available online at https://covidgovgrant.wi.gov. General app instructions are available on the Routes to Recovery website, which we hope will be helpful to you as you navigate the Expense Reporter.  Individualized instructions are being emailed to all county and municipal clerks to access the Expense Reporter app securely.  https://covidgovgrant.wi.gov

Municipalities brace for tough 2021 budget planning due to COVID-19 impact.  The overall financial impact due to COVID-19 may not be known for some time, but municipalities in the Stateline Area say they are preparing for tough financial decisions to be made during budget planning for 2021.  https://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/covid-19/municipalities-brace-for-tough-2021-budget-planning-due-to-covid-19-impact/article_cc21496f-f310-5d9f-b8c9-d3cbaaf18d9d.html

1 Dead as Flooding Causes Evacuations in Western Wisconsin.  A 70-year-old man died Monday after his minivan went off the road and became submerged in a ditch as a western Wisconsin village grappled with hours of torrential rain that resulted in home evacuations and heavy floodwaters.  https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wisconsin/articles/2020-06-29/flooding-in-western-wisconsin-makes-some-roads-impassable

WMC Disputes DNR’s Authority to Enact High Capacity Well Restrictions.  Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber, manufacturers’ association and safety council – submitted comments to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Monday outlining the agency’s lack of statutory authority to impose certain restrictions on high capacity well permit applications.  https://www.wmc.org/news/wmc-disputes-dnrs-authority-enact-high-capacity-well-restrictions/

BCPL Voluntarily Cuts Budget to Support Wisconsin.  The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL), chaired by State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, announced a voluntary cut of at least 5% to its operating budget for this fiscal year. This cut was made in an effort to contribute to the state budget which has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  http://www.thewheelerreport.com/wheeler_docs/files/062620bcpl.pdf

Quote: “No individual rain drop ever considers itself responsible for the flood” – John Ruskin