Monday , 14 October 2019

September 18, 2019 E-News

RURAL WATER E-NEWS ……………………….    9/18/19

Baraboo evaluates new taxes, fees for street maintenance, including ‘wheel tax,’ premier resort tax.  Baraboo leaders are on the hunt for potential new revenue streams to bolster city street maintenance funds.  https://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/baraboo-evaluates-new-taxes-fees-for-street-maintenance-including-wheel/article_2172be3f-7361-5398-8961-f5888c9ae6a5.html

Majority of Wisconsin Public Water Systems Met Safe Drinking Water Standards in 2018; Challenges Still Exist.  For another year, more than 99 percent of the state’s public water systems provided water that met safe drinking standards, according to the 2018 Annual Drinking Water Report published by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  https://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4873

Wisconsin DNR Looks to Expand Manure Restrictions.  Gov. Tony Evers’ administration is taking the first steps toward restricting manure and fertilizer in areas prone to pollution, a move that could preserve water quality but cost farmers millions as they already are struggling with low milk prices and President Donald Trump’s trade wars.  https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wisconsin/articles/2019-09-15/wisconsin-dnr-looks-to-expand-manure-restrictions

‘Quite a mess:’ SE Wisconsin residents assess their property damage following flooding.  Thursday night’s thunderstorms caused major flooding damage across southeastern Wisconsin.  https://fox6now.com/2019/09/13/se-wisconsin-residents-assess-their-property-damage-following-flooding/

“I think a lot of people are concerned about it:” Local communities taking steps to keep radium out of water.  A water sample taken at a utility sink in Elkhorn prompted the city to immediately take its Lakeland Water Treatment plant offline.  https://fox6now.com/2019/09/15/i-think-a-lot-of-people-are-concerned-about-it-local-communities-taking-steps-to-keep-radium-out-of-water/

Duckweed on Manitowoc rivers may be result of high Lake Michigan water level.  So why is there so much this year? That’s a very good question. For one thing, duckweed grows abundantly where there are lots of nutrients in the water, and we humans are really good at fertilizing our waterways  https://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/life/2019/09/14/duckweed-manitowoc-rivers-may-result-high-lake-michigan-water-level-in-wisconsin/2303874001/

Quick survey for legislative information:  If you have plastic pipe in your system could you email Chris at cgroh@wrwa.org and let me ask you a few questions.  We need some information from you.

Game of Thrones always said “Winter is Coming.”  So does WRWA.  Register soon for the Winter Operations Seminar coming on December 5.  https://www.wrwa.org/training-event/winter-operations-6-municipal-water-6-wastewater-credits/

Quote:  “The only thing that stops God from a second flood is that the first one was useless” – Nicolas Chamfort

 

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