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2013 Municipal Water Resource Management Webinar Series

Every other Wednesday from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

Starts 09/11, ends 11/20.

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*Programs may run a bit shorter or longer depending on audience questions and comments. Attend when you can for as long as you can.

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September 11, Noon - 1:00pm

Winter Road Management: Go Easy on the Salt

While road salt influence on water quality has been documented for at least forty years, a new perspective on the severity of aquatic toxicity impact was gained by focused analysis of historical data. Substantial impacts were observed on local, regional, and national scales. More than 50% of winter deicing event samples collected in Milwaukee area streams were toxic to laboratory test organisms. Continuous specific conductance monitoring (a chloride surrogate) in eastern and southern Wisconsin revealed elevated concentrations during cold-weather months at all 11 monitored sites, extending all year at the highly urban sites. This pattern was also present in numerous urban centers around the United States with 30-year increasing chloride concentration trends evident in most urban streams analyzed.

For the past three years the Water Action Volunteers Stream Monitoring Program has partnered with USGS and local citizens’ groups to carry out monitoring in urban streams across Wisconsin to assess impacts of winter road salting on water quality. Volunteers monitor wadable stream sites year around for specific conductance and chloride, increasing their efforts between November and March when chloride levels are expected to increase due to winter storms or melting periods. Results show that streams in nearly all regions of Wisconsin periodically exceed U.S. EPA water quality criteria for chloride concentrations indicating high probability of aquatic toxicity impacts.
Steve Corsi, Research Hydrologist, US Geological Survey

Steve works with the U.S. Geological Survey as a Research Hydrologist based out of Middleton, Wisconsin. He has been with the USGS for 25 years focusing primarily on water quality investigations of surface water with emphasis on nonpoint source pollution. His most recent research includes investigations of deicer runoff and its effect on water quality and toxicity to aquatic organisms in receiving streams, evaluating sources of toxic contaminants in Great Lakes tributaries, waterborne microorganisms in urban and agricultural areas, toxicity to aquatic organisms from urban development, and recreational water quality at Great Lakes beaches.

Kris Stepenuck, Water Action Volunteer Program Coordinator, WDNR/UW-Extension

Since 2001, Kris has coordinated Wisconsin’s statewide volunteer stream monitoring program co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Volunteers monitor over 500 stream sites across the state for a variety of parameters. Kris is also the Wisconsin representative for the Extension Volunteer Monitoring Network that serves to help volunteer water monitoring programs from across the US share knowledge and resources. She is currently working towards earning a PhD, focusing her research on improving credibility of and policy and natural resource management outcomes of volunteer water monitoring programs.

Kris Stepenuck Presentation (2MB)
Webinar Recording (67MB)

September 25, Noon - 1:00pm

Public Works Yard Pollution Prevention: Keep it Tidy for Clean Water

Public works yards buzz with activity most of the year. Trucks and other machines are constantly bringing in, or transporting out, materials like deicing compounds, fuel, oil, yard waste and fertilizers. It's no surprise these places can be a source of runoff pollution. This webinar will take a look at conditions and practices observed by WDNR staff at several municipal public works yards in southeast Wisconsin. Our speaker, Pete Wood, will discuss specific storm pollution prevention practices that DPW personnel should consider.   

Pete Wood , Water Resources Engineer, Wisconsin DNR

Pete serves as a Water Resources Engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the State's Southeast Region. He has been with the DNR since 1991 and his responsibilities include municipal and construction site storm water discharge regulations and urban storm water grants.

Pete Wood Presentation (3MB)

Webinar Recording (36MB)

October 9, Noon - 1:00pm

Water Conservation: Are You Ready to H2O Score

McGee Young's presentation will focus on lessons learned from early pilots of H2Oscore in Whitewater, Milwaukee, Waukesha and Grafton. He will describe how the program works and why it even makes sense for communities where water conservation is a lower priority. Rick Lien will explain how Whitewater came to pilot the H20 Score program. He’ll give a snapshot of how the program helped his community conserve water in a fun and competitive way, the results the City tallied, and his efforts at relationship building between McGee Young, UW-Whitewater and the City of Whitewater. J. Kevin Obiala will discuss the Water Saving Tips & Programs that Kaukauna Utilities have used to make a splash throughout the years.

McGee Young, Associate Professor of Political Science, Marquette University
McGee received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2004. In 2010 he published Developing Interests: Organizational Change and the Politics of Advocacy with the University Press of Kansas. In his career, he has focused on the intersection of public policy and political advocacy. In 2012 he was named the first Faculty Entrepreneur Fellow at the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, recognizing his work in social entrepreneurship.  In 2013, H2Oscore was selected for the Global Water Seed Accelerator program for early stage water technology companies. McGee is active in community non-profits and enjoys participating in competitive cycling events.

Rick Lien, Water Superintendent, City of Whitewater

Rick has been Whitewater’s water superintendent since 2001. He was born, raised and schooled in Whitewater, and left the university there to pursue a career in the agriculture field with the local cooperative. In 1984 he accepted a position as a waterworks operator for the city of Whitewater. Rick was awarded the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Courageous Service Award in 2009 for detaining an armed intruder who broke into the city’s water tower and slashed wires to the SCADA system. Rick sustained multiple injuries in this attack but still reports to work as water superintendent with excitement for every day’s challenges. He is a member of AWWA and Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA).

Kevin Obiala, Kaukauna Utilities Water Dept Superintendent

Kevin started his career in 1984 at Haupt Well & Pump Co. Inc. as a Well Pump Installer/Service Technician. He started at Kaukauna Utilities in 1990 as a Water Utility Technician. In 2001 he became the Water Department's Foreman, and since 2004 he has served at the Water Deptartment's Superintendent.

Young & Lien Presentation (1MB)
Obiala Presentation (1MB)

Webinar Recording (51MB)

October 23, Noon - 1:00pm

Prescription Drugs in Wastewater: Get the Meds Out

Steve Brachman will describe the Pharmaceutical Waste Product Stewardship project. This EPA-funded initiative will develop a stragety to address proper disposal of unwanted medicines and personal care products in the western Great Lakes states.The project funded a mail back collection program for Great Lakes basin communities in Wisconsin in 2011. It is seeking a more sustainable long term solution by using a product stewardship approach to managing and reducing pharmaceutical waste in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, as well as Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.

Sharon Ehrhardt and Sheriff Paul Milbrath will discuss how Jefferson County's drug collection program operates including how it:

  • Developed partnerships between communities and law enforcement and got approval from the Drug Enforcement Agency   
  • Decided on collection events or permanent drug drop-off boxes or both
  • Educates residents on handling drugs
  • Trains law enfrocement agencies to handle the drugs
  • Stores and separates drugs and why this is important
  • Involves pharmacists
  • Conducts witnessed burns.

Steve Brachman, Waste Reduction Specialist, UW-Extension

Steve currently serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the University of Wisconsin-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center. He is responsible for providing technical assistance and educational programs for pollution prevention, recycling, and solid and hazardous waste management projects for consumers, business and local governments in Wisconsin. Key current projects include Wisconsin Healthcare for a Healthy Environment, Wisconsin Pollution Prevention Intern program and Great Lakes Pharmaceutical Waste project. Prior to UW-Extension, Steve was the Resource Recovery Manager for the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works, an Environmental Specialist for the engineering consulting firm Howard Needles Tammen and Bergendoff.

Sharon Ehrhardt, Zoning and Solid Waste/Air Quality Assistant, Jefferson County

For the past 12 years Sharon has worked for Jefferson County Planning & Zoning Department and Jefferson County Solid Waste/Air Quality Committee. She is responsible for coordinating the County's Clean Sweep and Recycling Programs. These programs include proper disposal of hazardous waste chemicals, pharmaceuticals, e-waste (electronics) and appliances. She reports that the past 12 years have been an ongoing education on developing and building relationships with the Sheriff’s Office and communities for disposal of these materials.  Sharon's formal education includes an Associate degree from University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan in Arts and Sciences and a degree from Spencerian Business College as an Administrative Assistant.

Paul Milbrath, Sheriff, Jefferson County

Paul has served as Jefferson County Sheriff for 11 years. He is the Vice President of the Jefferson County Chiefs and Sheriff Association and a member of the National Sheriff's Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Brachman Presentation (1MB)
Ehrhardt & Milbrath Presentation (1MB)

Webinar Recording (63MB)

November 6, Noon - 1:00pm

Inflow and Infiltration: Stop the Leaks

Chris Stamborski will discuss dye flooding used by the City of Wauwatosa in their ongoing effort to locate and quantify sources of inflow and infiltration into their sanitary sewer system.  The results of the testing have provided the City with a tool that successfully identifies the impact that private property connections have on the sewer system, and assists the City in making cost-effective decisions to increase the level of service to their customer and reduce the potential for the bypassing of sewage into local rivers and streams.

Tom Turchi will discuss cured in place pipe (CIPP) lining used by the City of Marshfield to reduce inflow and infiltration into their sanitary sewer system.  To date the city has used CIPP lining to rehab more than 14% of the city’s 133 miles of sanitary sewer main.  This discussion will go into the methods of evaluating the city sewer system including the ranking of different means for repairs to reduce inflow and infiltration.  This will include discussion into a pilot program to encourage residents to complete repairs of their private sanitary sewer laterals.

Tom Turchi, City Engineer, City of Marshfield

Tom graduated from the University of Wisconsin Platteville with a BS in Civil Engineering and has a combined experience of 20 years in the engineering field with the City of Marshfield, WI, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the City of Duluth, MN. He is a certified Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin and holds professional affiliation with the following organizations: ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers, Member, ITE – Institute of Transportation Engineers, Member, APWA – American Public Works Association, Member,

Groundwater Guardians.


Chris Stamborski, Assistant Director of Municipal Services, R.A. Smith National Inc.

Chris is a 2000 graduate of Marquette University and has been working with R.A. Smith National since he graduated in the municipal services group, where he currently holds the position of Assistant Director of Municipal Services.  Chris serves as Town Engineer for two communities in southeastern Wisconsin, but spends the majority of his timing working on sanitary sewer related studies and projects, with a focus on public and private property issues.  Chris has worked with a number of communities over the past few years as they look for cost-effective ways to identify and prevent clearwater entry into the sanitary sewer system from both public and private property sources.             

Turchi Presentation (1MB)
Stamborski Presentation (1MB)

Webinar Recording (99MB)

November 20, Noon - 1:30pm

Pervious Paving Materials: Why, Where and How

Milwaukee County Parks recently completed construction of a permeable interlocking pavement system for the parking lot at their Sports Complex at 6000 W. Ryan Road. The new lot and surrounding swales were designed to reduce the 2-year storm peak-flow rate by 40% and remove 65% of the TSS. Kevin Haley from Milwaukee County will tell us how this project was designed, and installed, how it has been performing and what the maintenance has been like so far.

Pete Wood joins us for a second time in 2013 to share the latest on the DNR's new permeable pavement technical standard. He'll be joined by Gini Kinght of the Standards Oversight Council (SOC) who will describe the SOC team approach used to develop the new tech standard and the process for submitting public comment. The SOC team aims to release a final draft standard this winter and accept comments for three weeks.

Kevin Haley, Milwaukee County Department of Parks

Kevin has been involved in the planning, design, site development and construction of projects of all scales for the public and private sectors for over 30 years. As a Landscape Architect for Milwaukee County since 1991, Kevin helps oversee the planning, design, development and administration of park lands, infrastructure and facilities. In this capacity he provides coordination and implementation for complex projects involving multiple governmental agencies, regulators and private sector partners. Kevin is skilled in planning, design, specification preparation and construction practices for site plans, landscapes, irrigation, drainage systems, lighting, water features, utilities and green infrastructure. 

Pete Wood , Water Resources Engineer, Wisconsin DNR

Pete serves as a Water Resources Engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the State's Southeast Region. He has been with the DNR since 1991 and his responsibilities include municipal and construction site storm water discharge regulations and urban storm water grants.

Gini Knight, Standards Oversight Council Coordinator, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association

Gini is responsible for facilitating an inter-agency collaboration, the Standards Oversight Council, and their team approach for revising and developing technical standards for soil and water conservation programs in Wisconsin.  She earned her Masters of Science degree in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. 

Haley Presentation (Coming Soon)
Knight Presentation (1MB)

Wood Presentation (Coming Soon)

Webinar Recording (99MB)