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Karst and Urban/Rural Stormwater Management in Northeastern Wisconsin

The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with the Bay-Lake RPC, UW-Extension, and the Niagrara Escarpment Resource Network are sponsoring a full day work-shop topic of managing urban and rural stormwater runoff in karst environments.

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Liberty Hall
Kimberly, WI

Workshop Brochure: Oct9_2014_Karst&StormwaterConferenceProgram-1


Safer Chemistry Challenge Program webinar on ​October 23

Join us for a Safer Chemistry Challenge Program webinar on ​October 23, 2014, ​2:00 pm EST
Title: California Safer Product Regulations: A BizNGO and HP Model Alternatives Assessment for DecaBDE in Laptop Computers
Hosted by:  National Pollution Prevention Roundtable


​Cory Robertson, Hewlett Packard​
Webinar description​:

BizNGO, with leadership by HP, developed a model alternatives assessment designed to meet the requirements of the California Safer Consumer Products regulation. The exercise was intended to better understand the implications of the regulation and to provide guidance to alternatives assessment practitioners. The flame retardant Decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE) in laptop computers was selected for assessment based on the availability of well-understood alternatives. The report and lessons learned were presented to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) as part of an ongoing dialog to improve alternative assessments. The model led to changes in California’s alternative assessment guidelines, frameworks and guidance documents. This webinar will present the key points of the report as well as a discussion of the challenges encountered and lessons learned.


Join the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program in 2014 at no cost! The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable invites companies to join the 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP). This voluntary initiative aims to motivate, challenge, and assist businesses in reducing their use of chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. The SCCP will also recognize and reward companies for finding safer alternatives to the hazardous chemicals they currently use. Questions can be directed to saferchemistry@gmail.com or Cindy McComas at mccom003@umn.edu. For information on how to become a member of the Safer Chemistry Challenge program visit: http://www.p2.org/challenge

DNR Webinar for Municpal Stormwater Permits

WPDES MS4 General Permit No. WI-S050075-2: What Covered Municipalities Need to Know

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Description: In May 2014 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reissued Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit No. WI-S050075-2. This MS4 General Permit covers storm water discharges to waters of the state from 142 municipalities statewide. This webinar will provide an overview of the MS4 General Permit, the changes from the previous version, and the compliance schedule. Time for questions will be provided.

This webinar is intended for the municipalities covered under MS4 General Permit No. WI-S050075-2. However, the webinar is open to all who are interested. Click here to see a list of municipalities covered under this MS4 General Permit.

Click here to access the webinar registration. The webinar is free of charge and representatives of municipalities covered under MS4 General Permit No. WI-S050075-2 are highly encouraged to participate.

Gas stations may remove Stage II Vapor Recovery systems – DNR

Gas stations around southeast Wisconsin are beginning to change, though you may not even notice. The Stage II Vapor Recovery systems installed in stations across the area in the early 1990’s to reduce gasoline vapor release while vehicles dispense fuel are no longer needed. Advancements in vehicle technology on newer models in conjunction with more citizens driving newer model vehicles led to the fueling station changes. For more information download this fact sheet from the DNR Small Business Environmental Assistance Program.

February Bio-Economy and Safer Products Summit – Call for Papers

The Midwest Bio-Economy and Safer Products Summit

Regional Innovation Solving Global Problems
Hosted by the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum

Call for Presentations and Posters

Submit Your Abstract Today

Submit By November 3rd, 2014
Share your innovations, insights and strategies at the Regional Conference for green chemistry and the bio-economy taking place February 18th- 19th, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is the fifth annual conference hosted by the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum.

This year the conference will be exploring the theme “Regional Innovation for Solving Global Problems” through crafted tracks.  The following general topic areas are being proposed for the conference and the final agenda will be chosen, in part, from the areas represented by the topics submitted:

  • Bio-Based Technology Development
    • Product Development
    • Feedstock Innovation
    • Supply Chain Management
    • The Advancement of Cellulosic Conversion
    • How Higher Education Institutions are Driving new Bio-Based Technologies
    • Academic Collaboration for Research and Innovation
    • Case Studies: Successes and Failure of Bio-based Technology
  • Consumer Safety: Greening the Supply Chain and Sustainability Initiatives 
    • Supply Chain Integration of Green Chemistry Strategies
    • Product Safety: Avoiding Regrettable Substitutions
    • Product Risks and Hazard Assessments
    • Company Policies and Sustainability Initiatives
    • Substitutions for Problem Chemicals
    • Marketing Green Products
  • Regulation and Policy
    • New State Regulations
    • New Opportunities and Innovation Driven by Regulation
    • Safer Product Legislation and TSCA Reform
    • REACH
    • California Safer Chemistry Act
    • MN Toxic Free Kids Act
    • The Future of Chemical Policy in the U.S.

Visit the Conference Program page today for more information on the summit’s topics.

Innovation for solving our global problems starts with you.  Submit your abstract today. 
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For any questions or further information, email creagan@iatp[dot]org

On-line Green Chemistry Certificate Program

The University of Washington is now offering a professional development course in Green Chemistry and Chemical Stewardship. The objective of this on-line certificate program is to help chemists, environmental and sustainability professionals, health and safety professionals and product managers make informed product decisions that take into account sustainability, toxicity and human health concerns. The program includes three classes that will be offered sequentially, beginning in January, 2015, and concluding in August, 2015.  Go to http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/green-chemistry-chemical-stewardship.html to learn more.

Program for Municipal Stormwater Managers

Sustainable Strategies

Webinars for Wisconsin’s Municipal Professionals

Next Webcast, Thursday, September 18, Noon – 1pm

Stormwater Management in a Changing Climate
Impacts and Adaptation Strategies Featuring La Crosse WI


David S. Liebl, UW-Extension Stormwater Specialist
Bernard Lenz, Assistant City Engineer, City of La Crosse

Jennifer Olson, Water Resource Scientist, Tetra Tech

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Change in recent and projected frequency and intensity of rainfall is creating challenges for Wisconsin’s urban stormwater managers. From combined sewer overflows to flash flooding, communities are seeing increased risk from extreme weather. In this webinar you will learn about what Wisconsin communities are and can be doing to minimize these impacts. Topics include anticipating extreme storm impacts on flooding and sanitary sewer overflows, and using green infrastructure as a stormwater adaptation strategy. A case study from La Crosse will show how one Wisconsin community has reduced flooding of streets and private property by installing green infrastructure in-lieu of upsizing pipes.

David S. Liebl, UW-Extension SHWEC Stormwater Specialist, Chairs the Stormwater working group of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), and has spoken to audiences across the state about climate impacts and adaptation. His extension programming includes municipal stormwater management and green infrastructure.


Bernard Lenz’s, Assistant City Engineer, City of La Crosse, career has paralleled the trends and changes in how storm water is handled in Wisconsin. He has a BS in Geological Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering; focusing on groundwater/surface water interaction in his studies. He began his career as a hydrologist with the USGS, later working as a consultant in a municipal engineering firm developing storm water management plans. For the past 5 years he has worked for the City of La Crosse helping implement their Green Complete Streets Ordinance thru the design and implementation of Green Infrastructure. His passion for outdoors pursuits fuels his desire to protect what he loves.


Jennifer Olson – Water Resource Scientist, Tetra Tech, has 16 years of experience in watershed and water quality planning and management. She obtained her MS in Water Resource Science from the University of Minnesota. She has extensive experience developing water quality and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies and has worked closely with stakeholders and municipalities to develop successful implementation programs. She also has background in stormwater management and green infrastructure practices including best management practice optimization modeling to determine cost-effective solutions to water quality and flooding problems. Ms. Olson also has experience with surface and groundwater interactions, designing and implementing comprehensive monitoring programs, implementation of regulatory programs, private sector coordination, meeting facilitation, and public education and outreach.

Registration Links

Please note: Separate links for public and private staff.


Public sector staff: Including local, state and federal government employees; students and educators, and Wisconsin residents with a personal interest. Register at GoToMeeting. Programs are free.


Private sector staff: Including consultants, private sector professionals, and out-of-state participants.

Register at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Fee now requested.*


*New fee request for private sector staff

Fee is $25 per program or $45 when two or more individuals share single login. Proceeds go to Town and Country RC&D for Water Star program support.


Fee includes PDU documentation of attendance upon request. Email PDU requests to Town and Country RC&D.


Questions: andrew.yencha@ces.uwex.edu, 414-256-4631

Visit: http://www.waterstarwisconsin.org for topics and speaker info

Thank you. – Sustainable Strategies

Upcoming Program

October 16, Noon – 1pm

Storm Water BMP Monitoring & Maintenance 

Perry Lindquist

Land Resources Manager

Waukesha County Department of Parks & Land Use 

Sustainable Strategies: Webinars for Wisconsin’s Municipal Officials, are jointly produced by the Wisconsin Water Star Program, the Wisconsin Legacy Communities Charter and Town and Country RC&D. Support is provided by UW-Extension’s Regional Natural Resources Education Program and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Links:


Wisconsin Water Star

Pollution Prevention Week – Resources from NPPR

Pollution Prevention Week begins the third Monday in September. The 2014 P2 Week theme is: Pollution Prevention: The Clear Choice for Environmental Sustainability. The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) has prepared a toolkit to assist organizations in their planning and communication for Pollution Prevention Week. This toolkit contains ideas for social media messages, links to websites with information about safe chemicals, sample press releases, recipes for home cleaning and alternative yard care. Through sharing information provided in this toolkit, we hope the general public and others can reduce the use of harmful chemicals and switch to safer chemicals for daily use. The toolkit is available at:


The Great Lakes Pollution Prevention Roundtable has created a calender of P2 Week  meetings and webinars. See:




PSI to hose Webinar on EPR for Tires

Is Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) a solution to illegal tire dumping? The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is hosting a webinar on September 30th will feature a panel of experts to discuss the impacts of illegal tire dumping and why EPR could could be the answer above and beyond voluntary efforts. The 90 minute program will begin at 2:00pm (ES) with presentations by three speakers followed by questions. Further information and registration can be found on the PSI website: EPR as a Solution to Illegal Tire Dumping – Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)

Climate Resources for Outreach Professionals

If you are an outreach educator programing in the areas of:

  • Economic Development
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Land Use
  • Water Quality

and are looking for locally relevant information on climate change or adaptation to incorporate into programs you already deliver, the Great Lakes Regional Water Program has created a listing of information resources for you.

Each of these resources is scientifically accurate, practical, and easy to find. Most come from government agencies and all are recommended by Extension staff. They are publications, annotated slides, videos, posters, or webinars that you can use as background information or as educational materials to insert into programs you develop.

To download the resource lists for your programming area, visit:


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