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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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!

Village of Oregon Awarded for Investment in Community Infrastructure

Village of Oregon Awarded for Investment in Community Infrastructure

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M), a local civil engineering firm, presented the Village of Oregon 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.  Communities that receive the Investment in Infrastructure Achievement Award are gifted $1,000 to donate to a local non-profit of their choice. The Village of Oregon opted to give their donation to the Oregon Youth Center, a free program that supports young people in grades five through nine. The center provides a safe, supervised place for young members of the community to gather after school and in the summertime.

6 Tips for a More Sustainable Holiday Season

6 Tips for a More Sustainable Holiday Season

At Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M), we understand the importance of protecting the environment in which we live, work, and play, and we are always looking for ways to help the communities we serve be more sustainable. As the holidays approach, we’d like to share a few tips on how you can make the season of giving a little more sustainable as well.

Reducing Waterway Pollutants with IDDE Programs

Reducing Waterway Pollutants with IDDE Programs

Pollutants that enter the storm sewer system and flow untreated toward the local streams, lakes, and wetlands pose an ongoing threat to the overall health of our communities. Not only can urban pollutants reduce the amount and quality of available habitat and present reproduction problems for aquatic bugs, amphibians, and fish, but high levels of bacteria in waterways also act as a source of human illness.

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.

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.

Fall Leaf Collection to Reduce Phosphorus in Local Waterways

Fall Leaf Collection to Reduce Phosphorus in Local Waterways

As the temperatures fall and the leaves do too, the annual leaf collection programs start operating again. Whether it’s a community drop-off location for bagged leaves, municipally operated trucks, vacuums and sweepers to collect the piles along the road, or something in between, the public expects relatively clear roads and storm drains throughout the fall months.

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.

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.