Municipal Water Issues Web Series

Join us for three webinars over three days focusing on Municipal Water Issues.

Cities and villages, more than any other type of government, are closely involved with water. Municipalities obtain, treat, and distribute drinking water; collect and treat wastewater; collect, store, and convey stormwater; and must comply with extensive state and federal water regulations. This new water issues web series is designed to help educate municipal officials about important water policy matters.

December 7, 8, & 9, 2021
12PM each day

Registration Fee:  $50.00


Tuesday, December 7th at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Best Practices for Managing Small Water Utilities   

Safe and affordable drinking water services are critical to ensuring the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of a community. Water utilities across the state face challenges, such as aging infrastructure, an aging workforce, increasing regulatory mandates, cybersecurity, and competing priorities within the communities they serve. The presenters in this webinar will discuss effective practices for improving utility operations that will allow the utility and the community it serves to move toward long term sustainability.

Presentations by: Chris Groh, Executive Director, Wisconsin Rural Water Association, Presentation (pdf); and Denise Schmidt, Administrator, Division of Water Utility Regulation and Analysis, Public Service Commission, Presentation (pdf)

Wednesday, December 8th at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

Municipal Experiences with PFAS – Approaches, Practices, and Lessons Learned 

Per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of over 5,000 humanmade chemicals that were invented in the 1930’s. They were introduced into industrial manufacturing and commercial use in the 1940’s, with peak production occurring between 1970 and 2000. PFAS have been discovered in groundwater, soil, air, sediment, surface water and drinking water, as well as in humans, wildlife and fish in Wisconsin, nationally and internationally. EPA has set a drinking water health advisory level for PFOA and PFOS, but no regulatory standards have been set to guide states. The State of Wisconsin has commenced rulemaking to produce a regulatory framework for drinking, ground, and surface water, but that process is controversial and incomplete. Municipalities supply safe drinking water, process wastewater, and land spread or incinerate biosolids from the wastewater process, all of which could be impacted by PFAS contamination.  What are the municipal guidelines for PFAS? What is the play book for communities in the absence of state or federal standards? Join us to hear from a panel of municipal leaders who have faced PFAS issues. Learn how they are approaching the problem, what lessons they have learned, and where they are today. 

Presentations by: Mayor Genisot, City of Marinette; Mayor Fredrickson, City of Rhinelander; Lane Berg, Utility Manager, City of Eau Claire, Presentation (pdf); and Martye Griffin, Director of Ecosystem Services, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, Presentation (pdf)

Thursday, December 9th at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

Managing Increased Flooding Events

Rivers and streams experience flooding as a natural result of large rainstorms or spring snowmelt. The size, or magnitude, of flood events is influenced by how much water enters the waterway upstream—and how quickly. Flood events largely depend on the frequency of weather events and in Wisconsin we have witnessed an increased frequency of large storm events in the last decade. Large flood events can damage homes, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure; wipe out farmers’ crops; economically impact businesses; and harm or displace people. In this final session of the League’s Municipal Water Issues Web Series, learn from municipalities that have dealt with recent very large storm events and how they are adapting, modifying and planning for resiliency in the future. Uncover some best management practices that may be of use in your community. 

Presentations by: Bill Chang, Cross Plains Village Administrator/Economic Development & Tourism Director Presentation (pdf); Greg Fries, Assistant City Engineer, Madison, Presentation (pdf); and John Butler, Ashland Public Works Director, Presentation (pdf)


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