Green Schoolyards: Happy Students & Healthy Watersheds

Green Schoolyards: Happy Students & Healthy Watersheds

Schoolyards present a unique opportunity for a transformation from grey to green infrastructure as many public schoolyards, especially in larger cities, are covered in asphalt. Green schoolyards can help to foster healthy urban watersheds and wildlife habitats, while improving the health and happiness of students.

Six Ways Local Communities Expedited Working with the PSC

Six Ways Local Communities Expedited Working with the PSC

Working with the Public Service Commission (PSC) for water rates can be slow and labor-intensive. But don’t worry – there’s still hope. Learn how local communities like yours applied these six best practices to expedite the process and reduce effort.

Does Your Community Need a Water Quality Win?

Does Your Community Need a Water Quality Win?

Innovative communities and consultants are working together to develop creative new solutions to reduce pollutants in the environment, while maintaining compliance with increasingly stringent water quality requirements. R/M has worked with communities to develop coordinated pollutant reduction approaches between their storm water and wastewater programs.

Best Practices for Working with the PSC

Best Practices for Working with the PSC

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) regulates Wisconsin water utilities. You can’t avoid it. PSC approval is required before utilities can change rates. Navigating PSC regulation requires preparation, planning, and a lot of patience. But sometimes the PSC can be a valuable tool in your toolbox to solve problems.

The happier the BEES, the happier you’ll BE!

The happier the BEES, the happier you’ll BE!

Bees are an important part of healthy ecosystems and contribute to food supply security. Bumble bees are great pollinators for wildflowers, alfalfa, berries, and other crops. Unfortunately, populations of some bumble bee species are declining due to disease, altered habitat, pesticides, invasive species, etc.

Village of Mukwonago Business Park

Village of Mukwonago Business Park

The Village of Mukwonago recently committed to building a new 115-acre business park in its thriving community. The key to the development of the business park was a clear understanding of its community-wide infrastructure systems and how that expanded infrastructure would fit within the community’s infrastructure puzzle.

Implement Sustainable Solutions with Envision®

Implement Sustainable Solutions with Envision®

Envision® is a rating system and best practice resource that was developed to help successfully implement sustainability into infrastructure projects. It can measure the sustainability of an infrastructure project from design through construction and maintenance for all types and sizes of civil infrastructure.

Business Park Preparedness: Planning the Infrastructure Puzzle One Piece at a Time

Business Park Preparedness: Planning the Infrastructure Puzzle One Piece at a Time

A primary positioning strategy is to proactively plan for, and develop, land into business parks that are shovel-ready for prospective buyers. There are many aspects involved to plan for, design, fund, and construct a new business park. These activities may be led by the municipality directly or may involve a public/private partnership approach with a developer.

Forestry Grants: Money Does Grow on Trees

Forestry Grants: Money Does Grow on Trees

Urban Forestry Grants provided by the WDNR can help your community in planning for your upcoming tree projects. The DNR offers two grant applications to help your community establish or refine your forestry management practices.

City of Sheboygan: LED Lighting System for SouthPointe Enterprise Campus

City of Sheboygan: LED Lighting System for SouthPointe Enterprise Campus

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) provided the City of Sheboygan with electrical engineering services to layout and design an LED lighting system to serve their new SouthPointe Enterprise Campus. By going with an LED-based lighting system, the City will benefit through reduced energy consumption, lower maintenance, and longer-lasting fixtures.

Finding the Best Way to Recover Sewerage Costs

Finding the Best Way to Recover Sewerage Costs

Many communities discharge sanitary wastewater to treatment plants in other communities. The communities receiving wastewater from neighbors need to find the best way of recovering, and even reducing, the costs of this service.

What Makes a Sustainable Community?

What Makes a Sustainable Community?

There are many different definitions of “sustainability” these days. When referring to a sustainable community, the term often includes growth/development and municipal operations. The Public Works Department activities today have a large impact on how we will live and operate in our communities in the future.

5 Reasons Your Community Should Upgrade to LED Street Lighting

5 Reasons Your Community Should Upgrade to LED Street Lighting

As communities continue to look towards more sustainable infrastructure options, updating lighting systems is often a great place to start. Implementing an LED lighting system can mean not only a lower utility bill, but also a lower impact on the environment for your community. 

How to Protect Urban Stream & River Banks

How to Protect Urban Stream & River Banks

Urbanization has led to a large increase in paved surface area. This has caused urban streams and rivers to swell to higher levels and to do so more frequently. With more water comes more erosion, making it increasingly important to properly maintain and protect urban stream and river banks.

Village of Pewaukee: Treating Groundwater to Remove Radium

Village of Pewaukee: Treating Groundwater to Remove Radium

Water pumped from the deep sandstone aquifer in Southeastern Wisconsin usually contains radium. This radionuclide occurs naturally. People drinking water containing a high concentration of radium are at increased risk of developing bone cancer.

Learn how R/M worked with the Village of Pewaukee to design an economical treatment system to remove radon from their groundwater.

Improving Storm Water Runoff at Community Dog Parks

Improving Storm Water Runoff at Community Dog Parks

Dog parks are a great addition to many community park systems, however, high traffic and repeat visits can add up to a lot of dogs and related doggy deposits at these sites. E. coli and high nutrient levels associated with accumulations of pet waste can be mobilized into local lakes, streams, and wetlands during snow melt and rain events.

Groundwater Treatment Methods to Avoid Contamination

Groundwater Treatment Methods to Avoid Contamination

In most cases, the water produced by a groundwater well is safe to drink. However, groundwater may contain substances which make the water unhealthy or, more frequently, either unpalatable or aesthetically disagreeable. Different treatment methods are used to treat different contaminants. In most cases, the goal of treatment is to remove all or most of the subject contaminant.

Quantifying the Benefits of Trees

Quantifying the Benefits of Trees

Trees have always been a part of the beauty of our communities, but it can be difficult to put a value on the many other benefits they provide. The U.S. Forest Service has developed a software suite of tools to calculate those values, called i-Tree.

City of Pewaukee Pavement Preservation

City of Pewaukee Pavement Preservation

Many municipalities face the problems of declining roadway infrastructure and limited funds to pay for repairs. Undertaking proper pavement maintenance at the appropriate time produces overall savings to the community. With limited funding for its road repair program, the City of Pewaukee used an innovative approach to resolve their roadway problems.

R/M Launches New Solution for Managing Community Assets

R/M Launches New Solution for Managing Community Assets

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. launches AssetAlly, a GIS-driven solution that integrates all your community assets into a single, intuitive, digital tool that empowers your staff to be more productive with easy access to accurate infrastructure data.  The best part – it works anywhere, on any device!