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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through social media!
July 2019 Waterway Protector
Timothy Kienbaum, Community Development Director/Building Inspector for the Town of Beloit
As the Community Development Director and Building Inspector for the Town of Beloit, Timothy has worked on several projects relating to stormwater. He has overseen the installation and maintenance of erosion control measures on construction projects. He has also helped to organize clean-up activities along the shoreline within the Town of Beloit.
To #protectwiwaterways, Timothy monitors construction projects to ensure that the erosion control measures specified in the construction plans are properly installed and maintained.
When asked how he would advise others to #protectwiwaterways, Timothy said, “Be aware of what impact their actions may have downstream, and to avoid dumping leaves, grass clippings, and other items or chemicals where they can be washed into the storm water system and, subsequently, into our lakes, rivers, and streams.”
June 2019 Waterway Protectors
Ritchie Piltz, Director of Facilities and Engineering & Stormwater Utility Manager for the City of Beaver Dam
Ritchie is the Director of Facilities and Engineering for the City of Beaver Dam. Also, he is the Stormwater Utility Manager for the city. In these two roles, he has worked on several projects. A few of these include the demolition of buildings built over and in the Beaver Dam River, the removal of two large culverts in the Tower Parking Lot leading to the river, and construction of river flood walls along the river with Riprap Shoreline Protection of the Beaver Dam River.
To #protectwiwaterways, the City of Beaver Dam regularly sweeps the streets and parking lots adjacent to the Beaver Dam Lake and River. There are also scheduled cleanings of inlets and storm sewers. Nineteen stormwater treatment ponds (wet and infiltration) have been constructed in Beaver Dam.
When asked how he would advise others to #protectwiwaterways, Ritchie said, “Please keep leaves and grass clippings out of the storm sewers. Remember, “Only rain in our drains!”
Danny Balister, Content Creator/Freelance Photographer and Past Protect
Wisconsin Waterways Account Executive
When Danny was an Account Executive for Protect Wisconsin Waterways, he ran content creation. This included putting his photography, videography, social media, and other digital content skills to use. He would also work on creating community programs to get the public involved protecting the waterways. Currently, Danny does freelance creative work for Protect Wisconsin Waterways.
Besides working with Protect Wisconsin Waterways to educate the public on safer stormwater practices, Danny #protectwiwaterways by working to be conscious of his everyday practices and consumption habits that could affect stormwater pollution. He thinks about the product life cycles and unnecessary actions that lead to stormwater pollution.
When asked how he would advise other to #protectwiwaterways, Danny replied, “My advice to others is to be mindful and as present as possible in your daily actions. Try to leave a place better than it was when you found it. Most importantly, be open-minded and consistently educate yourself, teach others, and together we can save mama earth!”
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.”