Sunday , 15 September 2019

September 3, 2019 E-News

RURAL WATER E-NEWS ……………………….    9/3/19

Gov. Evers Directs DNR to Address PFAS Contamination in Drinking, Ground and Surface Waters.  Gov. Tony Evers today announced he is directing the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to take additional efforts to address perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS, in drinking, ground and surface waters.  http://www.thewheelerreport.com/wheeler_docs/files/0827evers_01.pdf

Tony Evers announces push to address emerging chemical pollution.  Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Friday formalizing many of the administration’s responses to a group of chemicals thought to be widespread in the environment and that pose health dangers to humans.     https://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/politics/2019/08/23/tony-evers-announces-push-address-forever-chemicals/2095133001/

 PFAS executive order is encouraging to Marinette area residents.  Governor Tony Evers has signed an executive order to address PFAS, commonly known as the ‘forever chemical’ and a familiar issue in Marinette County.  https://fox11online.com/news/local/northwoods/pfas-executive-order-is-encouraging-to-marinette-area-residents

Senator Baldwin visits Menomonie to address algae issues in Red Cedar watershed.  More than 20 people associated with taking steps to study and clean up the lake and watershed gathered Thursday with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin for a roundtable to share their experience and offer possible solutions.  https://chippewa.com/community/dunnconnect/news/senator-baldwin-visits-menomonie-to-address-algae-issues-in-red/article_ac79c3b7-a7ba-5d42-b916-86e29a2a2467.html

Financial fallout: Communities still recovering from 2018 flooding.  Wisconsin received a federal disaster declaration last August after historic flooding, but state officials said federal funds don’t come close to helping communities fully recover.  https://wkow.com/news/top-stories/2019/08/22/financial-fallout-communities-still-recovering-from-2018-flooding/

Report finds majority of 2019 ransomware attacks have targeted state and local governments.  The report also revealed that small towns are more likely to be targeted by ransomware attacks, with 45 percent of the municipalities attacked in 2019 having fewer than than 50,000 residents, while a further 24 percent of the cities attacked had less than 15,000 residents.  https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/459049-report-finds-majority-of-2019-ransomware-attacks-have-targeted-state-and

WRWA Annual Operator Expo a great success.  Thanks to everyone who attended our annual Operator Expo last Thursday.  It was a great day of training, hands on vendor meetings and the live waterline tapping event was very cool!  We had just under 700 attendees and 87 vendors enjoy the day.  Thanks again to every one of them for WRWA support and comradery.  See you all next year.

Quote:  “Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom – and lakes die.” – Gill Scott-Heron

 

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