Saturday , 20 October 2018

September 26, 2018 E-News

Another blow to Gays Mills and more questions about the future of its low-lying areas:   Floods here are measured in black, permanent marker on the worn, white door of the Lion’s Club picnic shelter.  The 2016 and 2017 events are marked a few inches apart, about 3 feet up from the ground. The floods of 2007 and 2008 are another 2 feet higher and about an inch apart.  This year’s surge of water didn’t make the door. Instead, the high-water mark can be seen in the rafters of the shelter’s roof where sprigs of grass remained three weeks after the Kickapoo River went 3 feet higher than has ever been recorded.

2 law firms plan to bring case against large farms over high nitrate levels in drinking water:  Levels were three to five times beyond the safe limit, so many residents were told to stop drinking their well water all together. That’s because consuming nitrates is linked to cancer and other health issues and researchers say the culprit is farms.–494327911.html

Brookfield’s water is in violation of state, federal regulations for safe drinking:  The City of Brookfield’s drinking water is in violation of state and federal regulations for safe drinking water, city officials revealed in a recent letter to residents.

Why this 2010 approval of a multi-million gallon Great Lakes water diversion is drawing new scrutiny:  When Peter Annin, director of the Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College, was completing research for an updated version of his book The Great Lakes Water Wars, he discovered a detail about Great Lakes water diversions that had gone unnoticed for 8 years.

Public warned to stay out of Duck Creek, keep pets out of water because of ‘acute’ manure spill:  A manure spill that DNR officials have deemed “acute” has mostly moved downstream along Duck Creek and “is gone,” a tribal environmental expert said.

City of Oshkosh water rates to increase up to nearly 8 percent starting Oct. 1:  Oshkosh residential water rates will increase by 7.77 percent next month to help recover a $629,379 pension liability the utility has incurred.

We are looking for a few good System & Business Members:  We are always looking for “Spotlight” articles for our quarterly journal and we have put out a call for anything that would interest your fellow operators about your system.  If you are a Business Member, and your company has a new product or technology, you can submit a short article for our journal that we can feature.  Please consider sending us a draft and we will get it into the journal.

Quote:  “When you drink the water, remember the spring.”-Chinese Proverb

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