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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.