What is the Waterway Protector Spotlight?

The Waterway Protector Spotlight is a way for us to recognize people who are going above and beyond to protect our waterways.  The people we recognize can be anyone from government employees advocating for safer waterway practices to community members making a difference in their neighborhoods.

Send your nominations for the Waterway Protector Spotlight to protectwiwaterways@gmail.com or through social media!

 

May 2019 Waterway Protector

Jeff Daane, Public Works Director For the City of Waupun

As the Director of Public Works, Jeff helps with several of the projects concerning stormwater in Waupun. He helps with the Rock River clean up each fall, the installation of stormwater ponds that help filter stormwater, street sweeping, and pond inspections.

Besides these projects, Jeff does other things to #protectwiwaterways. He puts signs at construction sites in Waupun with a number to call if people see debris being tracked off of the site and there is an erosion control site plan review. There is a link to the Protect Wisconsin Waterways website on the Public Works webpage to encourage people to learn more about safer stormwater practices. Also, the SDS (Senior Democratic Seminar) class at the Waupun Area High School stencils inlets to inform people that the drain leads directly to the river.

When asked how he would advise others to #protectwiwaterways, Jeff answered, “Use good BMP (best management practices for stormwater pollution). Get the word out that runoff does affect our environment. Do regular inspections of outfalls and stormwater ponds.”

 

April 2019 Waterway Protector

Brad Marquardt, Public Works Director for the
City of Whitewater

As the Public Works Director, Brad has worked on many projects pertaining to stormwater, such as detention ponds, storm sewers, infiltration, and bioretention areas. The most recent project that Brad worked on was the construction of the Ann Street detention basin which was in conjunction with the reconstruction of Ann Street. This detention basin helps remove sediment before the stormwater enters Cravath Lake.

Brad helps to protect waterways outside of his job with the City of Whitewater, too. He washes his car on the lawn instead of the driveway, mows the lawn so grass clippings do not end of in the street, and he removes collected sediment in the gutter section of the street.

When asked how he would advise others to #protectwiwaterways, Brad answered, “I would ask others to do what they can to help keep pollutants out of the storm sewer system, rivers, and lakes. Don’t be lazy, go out of their way to properly throw something away, pick up loose garbage or clean up something that has spilled.”

 

March 2019 Waterway Protector

Wes Enterline, Sustainability Coordinator at UW-W

Wes is the Sustainability Coordinator at UW-Whitewater and was the first person to be hired for the position at the university. He has held the role for 10 years and is an alumnus of UW-W with two Bachelor’s degrees.

He manages around two dozen active projects with a special emphasis on campus sustainability through institutional operations, campus and community engagement, and classroom involvement, improving energy and water efficiency, maintaining the campus garden, and Earth Day events!

To #protectwiwaterways, Wes is involved with the Rock River Coalition Water Action Volunteers Program. This program monitors Bluff Creek, Spring Brook Creek, and Whitewater Creek for stream health. They also conduct periodic stream cleanups focused on removing trash from Whitewater Creek.

When asked how he would advise others to #protectwiwaterways, Wes responded, “One of the biggest misconceptions we see is that people on campus don’t understand that all of our storm drains connect directly with local waterways, with the majority of our stormwater flowing directly into Whitewater Creek. Stormwater is not treated by the local water treatment plant. Protecting our local waterways includes being mindful of debris going down the storm drains. We hope that people on campus will avoid littering and pouring liquids down storm drains and let us know if they see any issues so they can be corrected and we can minimize our campus impact on Whitewater Creek.”