Endangered Resources and WDNR Requirements

Endangered Resources and WDNR Requirements

Any project that has the potential to disturb wetlands, waterways, woodlands, or other resources that may impact endangered resources should undergo an Endangered Resources Review. Learn about WDNR requirements and the steps your team can take to maintain compliance and avoid costly project delays.

Preparing for Extreme Weather: How You Can Protect Your Community

Preparing for Extreme Weather: How You Can Protect Your Community

The state of Wisconsin has experienced a record-breaking amount of precipitation over the last decade, resulting in billions of dollars in flood damage to homes, businesses, and public infrastructure. Fortunately, there are resources available and steps you can take to prepare for increasingly severe weather and minimize your municipality’s risk of flood damage.

Water Quality Trades: Working Together to Improve the Rock River

Water Quality Trades: Working Together to Improve the Rock River

R/M recently partnered with the City of Columbus to coordinate a water quality trade with Nasco, a neighboring industrial point source located within the Rock River Basin. Keep reading to learn how our team helped Nasco and the City protect the Rock River and comply with their permit limits.

Upcoming Grant Funding for Your Community

Upcoming Grant Funding for Your Community

The state of Wisconsin’s recent record-breaking precipitation has left many communities struggling to repair significant storm damage. Fortunately, there are a variety of grants available to help ease your municipality’s financial burden. As budget season begins, consider these upcoming grant opportunities.

Benefits of Roundabouts

Benefits of Roundabouts

In the right situation, roundabouts can have major advantages over a traditional stop sign or signal-controlled intersection. Keep reading to learn how the use of roundabouts can result in an increase in driver safety, a more efficient traffic flow, a more aesthetically pleasing intersection, lower construction and maintenance costs, and a positive environmental impact.

Tips for Structuring Your Contract Documents to Limit Delays

Tips for Structuring Your Contract Documents to Limit Delays

Project delays happen, but when it comes to completing municipal projects on budget, time is money. Some delays are unavoidable and beyond the project owner’s control, however, sound planning, budgeting for contingencies, timely decision making, and comprehensive contract documents can minimize the frequency and severity of project delays. Keep reading to learn more.

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. Expands Environmental Services Team

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. Expands Environmental Services Team

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) is excited to announce the expansion of its Environmental Services Team with the hiring of key project team members. Each team member will work side-by-side with clients to manage and overcome environmental project constraints in a collaborative and creative manner.

Village of Slinger Awarded for Investment in Community Infrastructure

Village of Slinger Awarded for Investment in Community Infrastructure

On June 17th, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M), a local civil engineering firm, presented the Village of Slinger with the Investment in Infrastructure Achievement Award, a distinction given to communities that put forth exceptional effort to better the lives of their residents through improvements in infrastructure.

A Guide to Municipal Tree Pruning and Planting

A Guide to Municipal Tree Pruning and Planting

In order to keep your community’s trees healthy and structurally sound, it’s important to follow proper pruning and planting protocols. Here are a few of our best tips to help you keep your trees thriving all summer long.

Storm Water Utilities Likely to Fall Outside Tax Levy Limits Soon

Storm Water Utilities Likely to Fall Outside Tax Levy Limits Soon

Municipalities may soon be allowed to create storm water utilities without storm water fees counting against their tax levy limits. Pending legislation would declassify storm water management as a covered service, meaning that any new or increased storm water fees would no longer require an offsetting levy deduction. Municipalities that would like to take advantage of the change should prepare themselves to create storm water utilities as soon as possible.

Is a Wheel Tax the Right Option for Your Community?

Is a Wheel Tax the Right Option for Your Community?

Municipalities are constantly looking for ways to fund improvements in local infrastructure. Wheel taxes have been around for more than 50 years, but not many Wisconsin municipalities currently take advantage of them. Could a wheel tax be the right funding option for your community?

Preparing for the 2020 Democratic National Convention: Our Best Tips

Preparing for the 2020 Democratic National Convention: Our Best Tips

In July of 2020, roughly 50,000 people will flood Milwaukee and its surrounding communities for the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Whether your municipality is adjacent to the City of Milwaukee or 60 miles away, the DNC will likely have an impact on your residents and businesses. In order to make the most out of this opportunity, preparation for an event of this scale needs to start now. Here are our best tips to help your community thrive during the DNC.

Site Planning and Environmental Due Diligence: The Phase I ESA

Site Planning and Environmental Due Diligence: The Phase I ESA

When plans to buy, lease, or build expansions come to light, it’s important to spend time up front on environmental due diligence evaluations. If financing is needed, you will almost certainly be required to obtain a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) by your lender. Learn what this is and why it’s important when contemplating your next purchase of a property.

WWTF Process Instrumentation: City of Hartford Success Story

WWTF Process Instrumentation: City of Hartford Success Story

Process instrumentation is an often overlooked, yet incredibly important component of wastewater treatment operations in small to medium size wastewater treatment facilities. Learn how the City of Hartford Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) implemented additional process instrumentation to enhance their operations. 

R/M Employee Spotlight: Interview with Jerad Wegner, P.E

R/M Employee Spotlight: Interview with Jerad Wegner, P.E

Ruekert & Mielke (R/M) is 100% employee owned, and our staff is like family, so we want you to get to know them a little bit better! We recently sat down with R/M Team Leader, Jerad Wegner, and talked about baseball, engineering, fishing, client management, and more.

Local Impacts of Long-Term Rainfall Pattern Changes

Local Impacts of Long-Term Rainfall Pattern Changes

The amount and type of precipitation we experience on a daily or yearly basis can dramatically impact our lives and communities, and the consensus among experts is that the distribution of the world’s rainfall is shifting as our climate changes. Keep reading to learn how your community can prepare for changing precipitation.

WWTF: Importance of Process Instrumentation and Solids Management

WWTF: Importance of Process Instrumentation and Solids Management

Process instrumentation and overall solids management are two often overlooked, yet incredibly important components of wastewater treatment operations in small to medium size wastewater treatment facilities. Learn how effective process instrumentation and management of the downstream solids process can greatly improve your facility operations.

How to Explain Water Rate Increases to Customers

How to Explain Water Rate Increases to Customers

The EPA estimates that the US will spend $655 billion to meet our water needs in the next twenty years. More than ever, gaining public buy-in for infrastructure projects is a major concern of water-utility managers. How can your water utility secure your community’s support to properly fund necessary infrastructure projects? Keep reading to learn more.

USDA FINANCING for SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

USDA FINANCING for SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

Renewable energy initiatives and opportunities are growing in Wisconsin, Illinois, and throughout the Midwest. Municipalities, solar developers, and utility companies are evaluating agricultural lands, under-utilized brownfields, and closed landfills for the potential installation of ground-mounted solar energy projects. Learn how community-scale solar farms may be eligible for construction financing grants.