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! 

Plan Your Path to Greater Savings through Transportation Asset Management

Plan Your Path to Greater Savings through Transportation Asset Management

Few expenditures irk taxpayers more than funding “bridges to nowhere,” so municipalities must approach spending on transportation assets with care. Municipalities need to offer clear, convincing arguments as to why such spending is needed and what the benefits are. A transportation asset management plan (TAMP) offers a municipality what they need to justify their expenditures.

Do Trees Provide Storm Water Control?

Do Trees Provide Storm Water Control?

Urban trees are showing more promise from a storm water perspective than ever before. Trees absorb water from soil and transpire it to the atmosphere, reducing the amount of rainwater that flows untreated into storm sewers and ultimately to local lakes and rivers.

Pavement Preservation

Pavement Preservation

Most people think of pavement preservation as items that are directly related to maintenance and repairs to the pavement surface such as crack sealing, base patching, or slurry and chip seals. But anything that is attached or adjacent to the pavement surface is a candidate for pavement preservation.

R/M's Steve Wurster Receives Emerging Leader Award

R/M's Steve Wurster Receives Emerging Leader Award

R/M's Steve Wurster was named an "Emerging Leader of Waukesha County" by the Waukesha County Business Alliance for 2018. This annual awards program honors young professionals who live or work in Waukesha County and who are creating and inspiring a better vision for the future.

Changes Coming to Wisconsin Wetland Regulations

Changes Coming to Wisconsin Wetland Regulations

On March 28, 2018, Governor Walker signed Wisconsin 2017 ACT 183, which calls for a variety of changes to the way wetlands are managed and permitted in Wisconsin. Read more to learn about the many details and nuances to these changes.

Private Development Review of The Glen of Mukwonago

Private Development Review of The Glen of Mukwonago

Just about every project has some sort of challenge. There are physical challenges such as, wetlands, endangered resources, environmental corridors, storm water planning, setbacks, topography, proximity to services (or lack thereof), and access. Then, there are financial challenges like supply and demand, changes in the economy, and over-extension. What’s makes this private development a great case study is that all these challenges were experienced.

The Problem with Plastic Films

The Problem with Plastic Films

Spring has officially arrived, whether it feels like it or not, and Earth Day is just around the corner! The focus of Earth Day this year is to end plastic pollution. One significant source of plastic pollution is plastic film. Plastic films are used in almost every industry throughout the United States because they are easy to manufacture, lightweight, and inexpensive. Learn more about ways you can assist in ending the pollution of plastic.

Organizational Tips for Improving Development Review in Your Community

Organizational Tips for Improving Development Review in Your Community

The development review process must ensure that your community grows responsibly, safely, and sustainably. It is important to review plats, CSMs and construction plans, in comparison to your community’s zoning and land division ordinances. It’s also critical to get feedback from staff, elected officials, and the public. Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) has helped communities create and organize their processes by developing checklists, flowcharts, and other procedures to funnel developments through the bureaucratic and political landscape.

Aquatic Plant Management for Storm Water Ponds

Aquatic Plant Management for Storm Water Ponds

While storm water ponds can be aesthetically pleasing and a community recreation feature, they are actually engineered devices with two main functions. First, they prevent flooding by capturing runoff and flow from local storm water pipes, swales, and drainage ditches. Second, they provide water quality treatment by settling out excess sediment and nutrients from storm water that flows to the pond.

City of Kenosha Storm Water Analysis

City of Kenosha Storm Water Analysis

As the City of Kenosha embarked on a comprehensive analysis of their storm water infrastructure from both flood control and water quality perspectives, the City was hit with back-to-back intense rainfall events in July of 2017 that resulted in significant local and regional flooding. The immediate public health and safety concerns tied to this flooding event doubled down the City’s efforts to simultaneously develop a long-term plan for the future, while also quickly addressing some of the most pressing concerns.