May 22, 2024 E-News

May 22, 2024 E-News

RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….   5/22/2024

Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed May 22nd as “Wastewater Professionals Appreciation Day!”  Thanks to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) and Wisconsin Department of Health Servies (DHS) for working through the process at the executive branch level of WI government to get May 22nd designated as Wastewater Professionals Appreciation Day.  This initiative is part of a larger effort by the Wisconsin Wastewater Pathogen Surveillance Program to better recognize the participation of the wastewater utilities and operators in the program.

“We believe that is a pretty cool accomplishment and largely reflects the hugely important role (if at times underappreciated) that the wastewater community plays in public and environmental health.”-Martin Shafer PhD, Senior Scientist & Research Lead Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH)

WRWA has, for years, been thanking Wastewater, and Water Professionals for their service.  Now, thanks to the hard work of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and Wisconsin Department of Health Servies team, we can officially thank all of our Wastewater Professionals via Governor Ever’s proclamation.

Thank you to all the Wastewater Operators throughout Wisconsin for all you do for the people of Wisconsin!

‘Forever chemicals’ are coming into Great Lakes through air, rainfall, new study shows – A considerable amount of “forever chemicals” are making their way into the Great Lakes via the air and rain, a new study says. In fact, the findings published in Environmental Science and Technology show that it’s the primary way PFAS end up in Lake Superior, offering a stark reminder that even the lake that’s considered the most pristine isn’t safe from the toxic chemicals. ‘Forever chemicals’ are coming into Great Lakes through air, rainfall, new study shows (msn.com)

EPA issues fresh warning over cyberattack risks to water infrastructure – Federal officials found some 70% of water systems nationwide had shortcomings that made them vulnerable to cyberattacks. EPA issues fresh warning over cyberattack risks to water infrastructure (nbc26.com)

An unexpected item is blocking cities’ climate change prep: obsolete rainfall records – American cities are poised to spend billions of dollars to improve their water systems under the federal infrastructure bill, the largest water investment in the nation’s history. Those new sewers and storm drains will need to withstand rainfall that’s becoming more intense in a changing climate. But as cities make plans to tear up streets and pour cement, most have little to no information about how climate change will worsen future storms. Why outdated rainfall records are blocking cities’ climate change preparations : NPR

City of Janesville applies for DNR safe drinking water loan – The City of Janesville is getting the lead out. Literally. Utility Director Dave Botts says the City has applied for a $1.1 million safe drinking water loan from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. City of Janesville applies for DNR safe drinking water loan | WCLO

How a new $3.7M dam at Sheboygan Broughton Marsh Park will help control water levels and impact wildlife – ELKHART LAKE – The completion of a new dam at the Sheboygan Broughton Marsh Park will be celebrated with a dedication. The roughly $3.7 million project called for replacing an outdated dam that was reaching the end of its lifespan, around 30 to 50 years old. The old dam was a fixed crest weir structure made of concrete. How a new $3.7M dam at Sheboygan Broughton Marsh Park will help control water levels and impact wildlife (msn.com)

Memorial Day Quote: “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” – Jeff Miller, Chair of the House of Veterans’ Affairs Committee 2011-2017