E-News from NEW Water (Q3 2023)

September 29, 2023
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Congressional Record Presentation

NEW Water Executive Director Tom Sigmund was honored in a Congressional Record Presentation ceremony on September 1, 2023, at Green Isle Park, held by Congressman Mike Gallagher. Sigmund was recognized by Congressman Gallagher for his service to NEW Water, as President of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the clean water sector. Learn more >>  

PFAS Update_12.2022PFAS Plan of Action

NEW Water has produced a PFAS Plan of Action to guide our efforts toward addressing this emerging contaminant. Learn more about the plan >>

COVID in wastewater

The Wisconsin Wastewater Surveillance Program, of which NEW Water is a part, has joined three others in being named a National Center of Excellence for Wastewater Surveillance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As part of NEW Water’s partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, NEW Water joined the effort early on, and also began taking wastewater samples before anyone asked us to. Check out the news from UW-Milwaukee >>

Learn more about NEW Water’s involvement >>

Grants to offset costs

Sustain the Bay Grant. NEW Water has received a $1,000 award from the Sustain the Bay Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. This award will be used to print and install a large, full-color sign on the Soil Health Education and Demonstration (SHED) facility that is located on 30 acres of Oneida Nation tribal lands in the Town of Oneida in Outagamie County. Learn more about the grant here >> 

Tree Planting Grant. NEW Water has been awarded a second grant from the U.S. Forest Service under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to plant nearly 1,900 trees. Learn more about the tree grant here >> 

NEW WATER Buoy Flyer FINAL"Real-time" weather data

Check out NEW Water's water quality monitoring sites in the Bay of Green Bay, represented by the yellow buoy icons. These sites collect data on local wind speed and direction, air and water temperature, and more. Check out the water quality data >> 

Learn more about the Aquatic Monitoring Program and why this scientific data matters >>  

Rake Your Leaves 10.25.2021#LoveYourWatershed this fall 

NEW Water is continuing watershed work, and is asking for your help! Picking up your leaves this fall is one simple thing you can do to help keep excess nutrients from entering area waters. Fall colors are fleeing, and it’s now time to rake those leaves and keep your nearby storm drain clear to help protect our waterways. Together we can protect One Water!

Watch the video here>>

Learn how you can #LoveYourWatershed >>

Partnering for water

Brown County Water Summit. NEW Water was honored to be invited to present on the NEW Watershed Program as part of the Brown County Water Summit on June 28. Hosted by Brown County Executive, Troy Streckenbach, the summit aims to raise awareness about water issues and initiatives to improve water quality throughout the county.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative roundtable. NEW Water was honored to be invited to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency’s engagement sessions for development of a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan for 2025-29. NEW Water discussed the successful partnership with the GLRI program on watershed efforts. Learn more about the GLRI Action Plan and see NEW Water’s presentation in the video from the session on June 27 here >>

Honors for NEW Water


Excellence in Management Award. NEW Water has received an Excellence in Management Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The award program “honors member agencies that are implementing management practices that address the range of challenges identified in the Ten Attributes of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities. NEW Water would like to acknowledge the contributions of our dedicated staff who protect public health and our precious water resources, every day. Learn more about this award >>

Jake Becken

NEW Water’s Jake Becken honored by Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA). Becken, who is a Treatment Lead, was honored at the Annual CSWEA conference held in St. Paul Minnesota. Becken was inducted into the prestigious “7S Society,” he was named “Young Professional of the Year,” and he was also recognized for his year of service as Wisconsin Section President. NEW Water would like to express gratitude to Becken for his service to our clean water sector, and to congratulate him on these achievements. In the included photo, Becken receives the Young Professional Award from Tracy Hodel, CSWEA President.

Pipe Wipes b&wNEW Water received a Public Information & Education Award from NACWA for “Unflushables: Something Had to Give!” program with a municipal partner. The pollution prevention campaign resulted in less “unflushables” getting into the sanitary sewer system. Unflushables create problems in the shared sanitary sewer system, can cause homeowner backups, and increase costs, and result in more pollution in area waterways. Be part of the solution! Learn how to “Love Your Pipes” here >>

Aerial view of NEW Water Facility

What's new at NEW Water

NEW Water held a Municipal & Industrial Partner update meeting on September 13, 2023, with a focus on the 2024 draft budget.

See a snapshot of NEW Water's history in "Our History at a Glance." Check out the flipbook here >>

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