Wednesday , 25 April 2018

November 8, 2017 E-News

SCHIMEL: MORE THAN 60,000 LBS. OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TURNED IN– Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Wednesday that 60,257 pounds of unused medication were returned at various Drug Take Back events Saturday, according to a news release. There were 130 Drug Take Back events across the state, organized by 266 police departments. According to Schimel, these events are vital to combating the opioid epidemic. “Without the help of the DEA, local law enforcement, hospitals, and pharmacies, Drug Take Back Day wouldn’t have been nearly as successful. Communities are engaged in fighting the opioid epidemic, and they’re making sure these powerful medications don’t fall into the hands of someone struggling with or prone to addiction,” Schimel said in the release.

NOVEMBER IS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AND RESILIENCE MONTH Celebrate the month by learning about tools you can use to identify your risk, preparedness and response efforts for a water contamination event. These tools include VSAT Web which is a user-friendly tool that can help drinking water and wastewater utilities of all sizes to enhance their security and resiliency. With VSAT Web, a utility can: Identify the highest risks to mission-critical operations and Find the most cost-effective measures to reduce those risks. It is designed for mobile devices like tablets and iPads, as well as personal computers, and runs on most Internet browsers. No VSAT Web User data is stored by or visible to EPA. It also complies with risk assessment standards, and offers liability protection under the Department of Homeland Security’s Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act program. For more information, go to

DNR ENVIRONMENTAL LOANS SECTION NEWS BULLETIN– This issue includes information on: PSC Rate Increase Reminder; Change in Timing of Responses to SDWLP Project Priority Score Objections; Required Documentation for Complete Online Application; Lead Action Level Exceedance; Ask EL- Is the ITA/PERF the Application?; Visual Aids for Deadlines, Due Dates, and Timelines; DNR Awarded SFY 2018 Capitalization Grants; SFY 2018 CWFP Hardship Funding List; FSP Certification Update; CME Corner- UAIS Certification; Welcome Kevin Olson and Kyle Kabara!; Land and Easement Documentation Reminder; and Required WisDOT Permits. For more information, go to

BILL TO END WISCONSIN’S EFFECTIVE SULFIDE MINING MORATORIUM HEADS TO SCOTT WALKER’S DESK– Legislation to lift Wisconsin’s effective moratorium on sulfide mining is on its way to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk after passing the state Senate on a 19-14 vote Tuesday. Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, was the lone Republican to join Democrats in opposing the measure. Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said the governor supports the legislation and plans to sign it into law. Supporters of the bill argue it allows conversations about mining to occur that cannot happen under current law. Opponents of the new legislation are concerned with the removal of the so-called “prove it first” requirement.

DAIRY COULD PLAY ROLE IN FIGHT AGAINST LEAD CONTAMINATION– Government officials across the U.S. learned several lessons from the water crisis in Flint, Mich., during the past three years, and one of them is that dairy products could play a role in minimizing the risk of lead contamination in drinking water. Sherrie Tussler, executive director of the Milwaukee-based Hunger Task Force, brought that message to an Oct. 24 Dairy Exchange luncheon meeting at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Dairy products play into the situation because of the calcium infused through the products, Tussler said. Studies have shown that a healthy, balanced diet that contains good sources of calcium, vitamin C and iron can help reduce lead absorption. “Calcium in particular, if it is not present in a child’s diet, that child is more likely to uptake lead,” she said. Children from low-income families in Milwaukee are less likely to have access to dairy products than children in other Wisconsin communities, she said, because the dairy products there are more expensive than they are in rural areas.

GIANT FAT BLOBS, KNOWN AS FATBERGS, ARE THE SCOURGE OF SEWERSThe British capital is waging an ongoing battle in its aging 19th-century sewers against the scourge of “fatbergs” — congealed masses of cooking oil, wipes, condoms, diapers and other gunk — that pollute and clog the underground system. In the United States, fatbergs are known as FOG (fats, oils and grease). The utility Thames Water announced Friday that it finally broke up a monster fatberg whose existence was made public in September. The 800-foot- long, 130-ton blob the size of 11 double-decker buses was blocking a 270-yard stretch of sewer under Whitechapel Road in London’s East End. London sewer workers who coined the term for the stinking mass need to use shovels and high-pressure hoses to blast it apart. “It’s an ongoing battle,” said Stuart White, a spokesman for Thames Water. “Until people stop flushing wet wipes and sanitary towels and putting fat and oil into sewers, these fatbergs will continue to form.”


This opportunity is in addition to the main exam dates in May and November and will be on February 7th, 2018. There is only one centrally located exam site which is the WRWA Technology Center at 351 Water Way, Plover, WI. It is open to all operator types and registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted until the site is full. To register, operators must send an exam application with payment to the address on the application. The deadline to apply is January 10th, 2018. All registered applicants will receive a confirmation letter in the mail. Exam applications can be found at

DNR CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL WORK GROUP– The DNR Drinking Water & Groundwater Program is forming a work group on Cross Connection Control.  The goal of the workgroup is to achieve consistent oversight of cross connection control program implementation across Wisconsin, per s. NR 810.15, Wis. Adm. Code, while optimizing efficient use of resources by DNR and the regulated community.  The workgroup will update the DNR Operations Handbook and Annual Report Form, and develop templates for DNR use and training for DNR staff. The DNR is seeking external partners to participate as members of this workgroup, particularly representatives of municipal water systems, third party inspection agents, large industrial & commercial systems, licensed plumbers, or other interested parties.  DNR expects to hold 4 workgroup meetings over the course of a year.  Contact Eileen Pierce at<> or 608-275-3311 with workgroup member nominations, questions, or suggestions.

QUOTE– “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”- Vince Lombardi

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