Alder Nasra Wehelie
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Madison Water Utility Pursues Design for Well 15 PFAS Treatment, Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of April 25, 2022
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Alder Nasra Wehelie proposed a resolution on Tuesday, April 19, to begin the process of treating Well 15 on Madison's east side to remove PFAS contamination. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of chemicals that do not readily break down in nature, and have been linked to negative health effects. They were discovered in Well 15 on Madison's east side during voluntary testing in 2017, and the well was later closed down.
The proposed resolution would authorize sole-source contracting to help the Madison Water Utility obtain a treatment design in time to apply for federal infrastructure funds this year. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, passed in 2021, is expected to provide $12.8 million annually for five years for Wisconsin communities to address emerging drinking water contaminants like PFAS. If built, this is likely to be the first municipal PFAS treatment facility in the state.
"Ensuring safe drinking water for all members of our community is one of the City's most important responsibilities, and we have committed to keeping Well 15 offline until we have a PFAS treatment or filtration system," said Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. "The Madison Water Utility remains committed to testing, monitoring and openly communicating throughout this process. I commend federal and state government bodies for recognizing the importance of addressing PFAS pollution. We are prepared to do everything we can to seize this funding opportunity to build Wisconsin's first municipal PFAS treatment facility."
Alder Wehelie of District 7 serves on the Madison Water Utility Board and cosponsored the resolution. "As a member of the Water Utility Board, I recognize the level of concern around PFAS contamination in drinking water, and I support the Utility's efforts to bring PFAS treatment to Well 15," said Alder Wehelie. "It is also important to be transparent, and establish an inclusive engagement process with the community throughout the project."
The resolution was introduced without discussion on April 19. It will be reviewed by the City Finance Committee (4/25) and the Water Utility Board (4/26) and is anticipated to return to the Common Council for a final vote on May 10. The Water Utility plans to hold a community meeting after the anticipated approval of the resolution.
Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of April 25, 2022
- The City of Fitchburg is hosting an open house regarding the annexation of the Town of Madison on Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Quartz Benefit Building, 2650 Novation Parkway. Fitchburg has a dedicated web page for the Town of Madison annexation, which can be viewed here.
- Dane County is updating the Noise Compatibility Plan for Dane County Regional Airport. A public outreach open house will be held on Tuesday, April 26, from 5pm-8pm, at the Dane County Regional Airport in Conference Room 1, near baggage claim. More information can be found here.
- The community is invited to attend a virtual public information meeting to learn about the Glenway Golf Park improvements. Learn more here, and register to attend the virtual meeting here.
- For information about City meetings scheduled for the week of April 25, please consult the City Meeting Schedule.
- Make Music Madison is a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held annually on the summer solstice. Initiated in Madison in 2013, our festival is part of the larger Make Music Day, an international summer solstice music celebration occurring in 1,000+ cities across the globe. The 2021 event featured 312 concerts at 112 venues with over 1,000 individual musicians. Registration to perform or host a performance opens this month. Learn more here.
- The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison is offering a free online fair housing training seminar for owners and managers of rental properties, or staff operating residential programs, in Madison on Thursday, April 28, 11:00 – 12:30 a.m. To register for this free online seminar, visit https://tinyurl.com/MadisonFairHousingTraining or call 608-257-0853. The seminar will include information about the protected classes and prohibited practices delineated by local, state and federal fair housing laws, as well as emerging issues such as sexual harassment and hate incidents in housing situations. The material presented during the seminar is intended for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Recording of the seminar is not permitted.
- Due to the Transportation Security Administration's announcement that it will no longer enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs, wearing masks is now optional on Metro Transit buses and at its facilities. Metro greatly appreciates all of its riders' cooperation during the extended time this mandate was in place.
- Are you a local musician? Do you want to be part of the city's musician list? Please contact Angela Puerta, City of Madison Planning Division.
- Yard waste collection for the spring is wrapping up soon. Be sure you know when you should be setting out yard waste by checking here. Brush collection is ongoing. Get the dates when you should be setting out brush here.
- April is Earth Month! One easy way to celebrate is to be sure you're recycling the right stuff. For example – just because it's plastic doesn't mean it goes into your recycling cart. Get the rules here.
- Take the Network Redesign Draft Plan Survey and give Metro your feedback. Over the next few months, staff will be analyzing feedback on Metro's Network Redesign Draft Plan and making adjustments. The online survey is available in English and Spanish and will be available until the end of the month. Paper copies of the survey are available in English, Spanish and Hmong. Call 608-266-4466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
- The City of Madison Engineering Division will allow use of low-carbon concrete in the construction of public sidewalks and curb and gutter thanks to the work and initial passion of a couple local Girl Scout troops. Read more here.
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