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.

How to Earn Public Buy-in for Funding Infrastructure

How to Earn Public Buy-in for Funding Infrastructure

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.

Tips for Storm Water BMP Maintenance

Tips for Storm Water BMP Maintenance

Proper maintenance of storm water BMPs is necessary to ensure that these systems function properly and continue to protect our communities’ lakes, streams, and drinking water. Keep reading for helpful tips on how to preserve the life and effectiveness of your storm water BMPs.

MS4 General Permit Update: What You Need to Know

MS4 General Permit Update: What You Need to Know

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released a public notice for the proposed MS4 General Permit No. WI-S050075-03 on February 25, 2019. Proposed changes to this permit may require changes to MS4 programs. Keep reading to learn how these changes could impact your municipality.

6 Benefits of Drone Use for Municipal Projects

6 Benefits of Drone Use for Municipal Projects

The rise in popularity of drones has opened the door to a variety of new opportunities for municipalities. Keep reading for 6 ways that drone use can add value to your construction projects and save your team time and money.

Village of Hartland: Pavement Management Plan Leads to Better Roads & Savings

Village of Hartland: Pavement Management Plan Leads to Better Roads & Savings

Many municipalities face the problems of declining roadway infrastructure and limited funds to pay for repairs. Adhering to a set road maintenance plan can help your municipality save time, money, and dramatically extend the life of your roads. Keep reading to learn how the Village of Hartland found success by adopting a new pavement management model.

Financially Smart Water Conservation: An Oxymoron for Utilities?

Financially Smart Water Conservation: An Oxymoron for Utilities?

While improving your utility’s finances through water conservation may seem daunting, in truth it can be as simple as taking proper care of your distribution system. Investing in the inspection, maintenance, and repair of your system can yield great net cost savings, all without reducing sales. Read more to learn how.

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. Hires New Environmental Services Team Leader

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. Hires New Environmental Services Team Leader

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) is excited to announce that we’ve recently hired Ginny Plumeau to lead our already robust Environmental Services Team. Plumeau is a Senior Ecologist, Registered Environmental Manager, and a regional leader in ecological services and permitting. Keep reading to learn how our Environmental Services Team can help your community succeed.

Cutting Cost and Improving Safety with Pre-Wetting Road Salt and Salt Brine

Cutting Cost and Improving Safety with Pre-Wetting Road Salt and Salt Brine

Snow plowing and applying road salt was the accepted norm from the mid-20th century until just a decade or so ago. More communities are now using new technologies and methods that are ultimately cheaper, better for the environment, and most importantly provide the level of safety the public expects during winter storm events. 

PREPARING FOR 2019 ROAD RATINGS

PREPARING FOR 2019 ROAD RATINGS

Every odd year, Wisconsin municipalities are required to conduct road ratings and submit their findings to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Knowing the current condition of your pavement makes it easier to diagnose the overall state of your community's roads, forecast your future needs, plan maintenance activities, and provide quality roads to constituents. Read on to learn more.

UNPS Grants and Storm Water Management

UNPS Grants and Storm Water Management

The Wisconsin DNR Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water Management (UNPS) Planning Grant Program applications are now available on the WDNR website and are due mid-April of 2019 for the 2020-2021 grant period. Read on to learn how UNPS Grants can help your municipality with your storm water management plan.

Using Water Rate Revenue to Replace Lead Laterals  

Using Water Rate Revenue to Replace Lead Laterals  

Although Wisconsin banned lead in drinking water pipes in 1984, the US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 176,000 Wisconsin homes receive water through lead pipes. Wisconsin water utilities can now use water rate revenue to replace the customer-owned portion of a lead service line. Allowing utility funding to contribute to these upgrades will improve public health, increase public acceptance of rate increases, and improve compliance with lead limits for drinking water. Continue reading to learn more.

Top 5 Sustainability Articles of 2018

Top 5 Sustainability Articles of 2018

2018 has come to a close, and to commemorate this incredible year, we’d like to share the top five sustainability articles of the year with you. From bees to salt brine, read on for the topics you were most interested in!