Efficiently Documenting MS4 Permit Information

Efficiently Documenting MS4 Permit Information

MS4 programs include important information required for permit compliance and the evaluation of the effectiveness of the programs over time. As state and federal authorities begin to require more detailed and quantifiable reporting information, it’s increasingly important to utilize reliable and efficient tools like GIS to track and store your MS4 permit data.

Save on Energy Costs With Lift Station Maintenance and Upgrades

Save on Energy Costs With Lift Station Maintenance and Upgrades

Is your sewer utility looking for ways to save on energy costs?  A great place to start is the often-overlooked workhorse of the sanitary sewer system – the lift station!  Many people don’t realize that even after a lift station is designed and installed there are still significant cost savings available to those who are willing to regularly maintain and/or upgrade their facilities.

New Restrictions on Impact Fees

New Restrictions on Impact Fees

Recently, the state legislature made sweeping changes to impact fees that will likely impact your municipality and could require you to update your ordinances and/or update your impact-fee studies.

Erosion Control Training Opportunities

Erosion Control Training Opportunities

Active construction sites continue to be a major source of pollution in our local lakes, streams, and wetlands. Just like training for a new skill or a new piece of equipment, training is needed to show construction site crews how, and when to install and maintain erosion control practices on construction sites.

Utility Rehabilitation in the City of Franklin

Utility Rehabilitation in the City of Franklin

The City of Franklin had one subdivision that was experiencing unusually high peak to average sewer flows. A hundred homes were 1950’s vintage, the subdivision was rural cross section with ditches, and there were known homes with hung plumbing and possible cross connections. Learn how utility rehabilitation assisted in resolving this issue.

Best Practices for a Successful Utility Rehab Program

Best Practices for a Successful Utility Rehab Program

Do you have an area in your system where breaks are common, back-ups are anticipated, or bypassing occurs frequently? Effective management and planning by public works staff are critical to meet the demands of deteriorating infrastructure and go from being “reactive” to “proactive” with maintaining your underground facilities.

Village Of Fontana-On-Geneva-Lake Awarded For  Investment In Infrastructure

Village Of Fontana-On-Geneva-Lake Awarded For Investment In Infrastructure

The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake received the Investment in Infrastructure Achievement Award presented by Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. at their Village Board meeting on Monday, October 1, 2018. Ruekert & Mielke, Inc., a civil engineering firm serving southeastern Wisconsin for over 70 years, presents this award to exceptional communities in recognition for their efforts to better their community and residential life through successful infrastructure projects.

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.