RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….……………………………. 5/1/19
Wisconsin Supreme Court rules in favor of Maple Grove County Club. Tony Ceresa, a former owner of the country club, built a wastewater plant to serve the golf course clubhouse, banquet facilities and a planned 162-unit housing development on 181 acres in the town of Hamilton, near West Salem. Ceresa operated the wastewater plant from 1990 to 1998 until the Department of Natural Resources ordered the town to take over what was the probably the only privately operated wastewater plant in the state. https://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/wisconsin-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-maple-grove-county/article_880d2651-4e6f-5e32-93a1-a19e421ccbcd.html
Heavy rains flood Oconto sites, prompt city to pump untreated water into river. An influx of water last week caused minor flooding in at least two areas of Oconto County and forced the city of Oconto to divert untreated water into the Oconto River. https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/oconto-county/2019/04/22/wisconsin-weather-heavy-rains-flood-oconto-sites-force-untreated-water-into-oconto-river/3539077002/
Paine announces agreement with Husky; wastewater to go to city treatment facility. Superior Mayor Jim Paine announced an agreement with Husky Energy refinery to protect Lake Superior during his State of the City speech Monday, April 29. Soon, Husky’s refinery will tie into Superior’s wastewater treatment facility to add another layer of treatment. https://www.superiortelegram.com/news/government-and-politics/4605896-paine-announces-agreement-husky-wastewater-go-city-treatment
DEQ: Harmful PFAS might contaminate more than 11,000 sites statewide. The potentially health-harming chemical compound that shut down the drinking water supply in two West Michigan communities last Thursday may contaminate more than 11,300 locations statewide, according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/07/30/deq-pfas-chemical-contamination-pollution-michigan/851152002/
‘Concreteberg’ weighing 105 tonnes found in London sewer. People pouring concrete into sewers has led to a “concreteberg” forming in central London that weighs 105 tonnes, as heavy as a blue whale. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/18/concreteberg-weighing-105-tonnes-blocks-london-sewer-concrete-drain
May 22 is Municipal Legislative Day. Your chance to bring Rural Wisconsin Municipal issues to your local representatives. Go to https://www.meuw.org/ev_calendar_day.asp?eventid=146&evreg1=2&t=&testmtype=&pub=1 To register and get your appointment set up for a visit.
Quote: “Individually, we are one drop. Together we are an ocean” – Ryunosuke Satoro