In future newsletters, this space will feature a facility or organization working to prevent water pollution. As this is the first newsletter, it seems fitting to introduce the Pollution Prevention Team at the District. If you have suggestions for a feature, let us know!
Who We Are: The Pollution Prevention Team consists of Kathy Lake, Environmental Specialist; Emily Jones, Pollution Prevention Specialist; Catherine Harris, Pollution Prevention Specialist; and Ralph Erickson, Pretreatment and Waste Acceptance Coordinator.
What We Do: We work to reduce or eliminate contributions to the sewer of substances that are difficult and expensive to remove from wastewater, such as mercury, chloride (mostly from salt), pharmaceuticals, and wipes. By keeping these substances out of the sewer, we can avoid the need for expensive, energy-intensive treatment upgrades to the plant that would translate into much higher rates.
To keep pollution out of the sewer, we conduct a wide range of activities including outreach and education, pollutant data analysis, inspection of regulated facilities, and administration of grant programs. Some specific current activities include:
- Developing and promoting grant programs for the reduction of water softener salt and road salt
- Collaborating with several local agencies to reduce road salt pollution through the WI Salt Wise partnership
- Certifying and inspecting area dental clinics to minimize dental mercury
- Promoting the use of MedDrop for safe disposal of household medications
- Inspecting industrial permittees through our Pretreatment program
- Leading the District's Tours program
Pictured: Pollution Prevention Specialists Emily Jones (L) and Catherine Harris (R) getting the word out about
WI Salt Wise
at Clean Lakes Alliance's Frozen Assets festival.