DNR Updates

 

 

SANITARY SEWAGE OVERFLOW NOTIFICATION SUMMARY REPORT

SANITARY SEWAGE OVERFLOW NOTIFICATION SUMMARY REPORT

FORM 3400-184 (R 7/17)

As you all know, this is the report form to be completed and submitted within 5 calendar days once becoming aware of an sewage overflow. Please use this most recent SSO reporting form and replace your web address to access this form or your blank printed paper forms with this form. After December 1, 2017 we will no longer accept the former version ( R 11/13).

The new form removes much of the verbiage from the previous form and is formatted with data fields to make it easy to complete and read. We plan to make this form an electronic submittal in the next few years but until then, the process for completing the form and submitting it remains the same. You can complete it by hand  or on-line and then send it to us either by USPS or email. 

We hope you find this revised form more user friendly and easier to enter the required information.  Please complete all fields as they apply using this form. While you can provide attachments for additional or supplemental information, please do NOT write “See Attached” for the primary information that should be entered directly into the report form itself. Thank you.

If you have any questions, please contact me or your DNR District wastewater engineer. Have a good summer.  Jack jack.saltes@wisconsin.gov

CMAR CHANGES FOR 2016

Energy Questions and Use Data (Financial Management Section) 

CMOM Questions (Collection Systems Section)

The 2016 CMAR has been revised to include new energy questions and use information in the Financial Management section. The Wisconsin DNR and the Office of Energy Innovation  will thus be conducting CMAR Training at locations throughout the state. The purpose of the training sessions are to familiarize you with the new questions to complete this part of the CMAR and in reading /understanding your electricity and gas  bills from which to enter electrical or natural gas use per month. Revised CMOM questions will also be reviewed and discussed. All those that complete CMARs are encouraged to attend.  There is no pre-registration or cost for the training. Continuing education hours (3) will be offered.  CMARs will be available on-line at the end of April.

CMAR ENERGY TRAINING DATES AND LOCATIONS:

April 11, 2017    1:00 - 4:00, EAU CLAIRE DNR SERVICE CENTER, 1300 W   CLAIREMONT AVE

April 13, 2017    9:00 – 12:00, SPOONER DNR SERVICE CENTER, 810 W MAPLE ST

April 19, 2017    1:00 – 4:00, FITCHBURG DNR SERVICE CENTER, 3911 FISH HATCHERY RD         

April 20, 2017    1:00 – 4:00, GREEN BAY DNR SERVICE CENTER, 2984 SHAWANO AVE

April 25, 2017    1:00 – 4:00, RHINELANDER DNR SERVICE CENTER, 107 SUTLIFF AVE

April 27, 2017    1:00 – 4:00, Wauwatosa City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave, Lower Civic Center

May 4, 2017       9:00 am-12:00 pm, WRWA Training Center, 350 Water Way, Plover, WI. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jack Saltes, CMAR Program Leader.

jack.saltes@wisconsin.gov

To determine if you still want or need to attend a training session, see the the new energy questions as they will appear in the 2016 CMAR.

CMAR_Energy_2017_04_07.pdf

Phosphorus Removal Product (RE-100) WDNR Review

RE-100 (fka SorbX-100) is increasingly being used to remove phosphorus from wastewater.  And it appears to serve that purpose well.  The agency has looked into (and accepted) RE-100 from the whole effluent toxicity (WET) aspect, but what hasn’t been adequately addressed is the impact of RE-100 (and possibly other treatment chemicals) on biosolids metals data.  Note that a more concentrated product, RE-300, is also currently being marketed.  To read the entire article, click here.

New DNR Exam Study guides

Given the significant time and effort needed to revise study guides according to the new subclasses that became effective July 1, 2015 under Wisc. Adm. Code NR 114, study guides will be released and available in phases as given below. Only exams for which study guides are available will be given on the exam date. Note: These are tentative dates.

For questions about the study guides and their availability, contact Jack Saltes, Wastewater Operations Engineer at Jack.Saltes@Wisconsin.gov or 608-264-6045.

Available now:

Basic General Wastewater [PDF]
A1 - Biological Treatment - Suspended Growth Processes [PDF]
A3 - Biological Treatment - Recirculating Media Filters [PDF]

Available by September 1, 2015 (for November 2015 exam date):

A4 - Ponds, Lagoons and Natural Systems
D - Disinfection
L - Laboratory
P - Nutrient Removal - Total Phosphorus
Advanced Wastewater 100 Question Exam

Available by February 1, 2016 (for May 2016 exam date):

A2 - Biological Treatment - Attached Growth Processes
B - Solids Separation
C - Biological Solids/Sludge- Handling, Processing and Reuse
U - Unique Treatment Systems

Available by February 1, 2017 (for May 2017 exam date):

N - Nutrient Removal - Total Nitrogen
A5 - Anaerobic Treatment of Liquid Waste

Available by August 1, 2017 (for November 2017 exam date):

Sanitary Sewer Collection System

 

http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/wastewater.html 

 

EPA Rule Changes

There EPA has proposed some significant changes that facilities, especially those doing lab testing beyond BOD and TSS, should be aware of. While this appears to be an intimidating rule package, much of the length of it is devoted to allowing new methods for wastewater analysis.

It is the last two pages of the 121-page document that facilities doing lab testing should focus on.  The section begins with "9. Revise Appendix B to part 136 to read as follows:"

After over 40 years, the EPA is proposing to make significant changes to the procedure for determining detection limits (MDL/LOD).  This new procedure will require a lot more effort for labs with (in my personal opinion) little value to the end result.  In fact, for total phosphorus, it could really hinder labs' ability to achieve an LOD required under the Phosphorus rules.

The LabCert Program plans to submit an extensive set of comments on the proposed rule.  If the rule becomes final, we of course will have to adopt it into the Lab Certification administrative code (NR149).

A link to the proposed rule and fact sheets is provided below:

http://water.epa.gov/scitech/methods/cwa/mur2015.cfm

IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING CEC's

The DNR recently implemented electronic credit tracking and eliminated the paper credit slips. Instead of collecting paper credit slips at the end of the day, you will now checkout to claim your credits.

If you do not check out at the end of the day, then it is assumed you did not stay for the entire training. Therefore, operators who fail to check out at the end of the day will only be granted half of the maximum number of credits.
If you need to leave early, you must also check-out so you are granted the appropriate credit amount.

For more information and to locate your online certification record, you may visit the Operator certification program Page or contact your local DNR Operator Certification representative.

"The Certified Operator" Digital Version

The August 2014 edition of The Certified Operator is now available online at:

<http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/documents/CertOp2014.pdf>

This newsletter covers important updates to the program. See how wastewater operators will be grandfathered into the new NR114 Administrative Rule, meet new Operator Certification Program staff, read about exciting new online features, and learn about training opportunities.

"The Certified Operator" is the annual newsletter of the Operator Certification Program distributed in August to all certified Wastewater and Municipal Waterworks operators. The newsletter highlights program information and updates. DNR has recently begun emailing the newsletter to all operators who have an email address on file. If you are currently receiving the newsletter via regular mail and would like to receive future copies via email, please email your request to DNROpCert@Wisconsin.gov (please include your name and certification number in the email).

If you still prefer to receive a hard copy of the newsletter sent to you via US Mail please contact your regional coordinator, or visit the DNR website for more information.
http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/wastewater.html

NR 114 Relating to Certification Wastewater Requirements

NR114 is currently being revised to reflect advancements in treatment technologies along with changes in educational training methods. Please refer to the NR114 Code Revisions Fact Sheet for more information on the proposed changes.

Information regarding the progress can be found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/NR114.html

Exam applications now available

Exam applications for the November 4, 2015 exam day are now available on the following webpage:

http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/forms.html

For the November exam day, pre-filled applications will not be mailed out to wastewater operators who have taken an exam in the last year and a half. Instead, if you would like to take an exam, please print a blank application off the webpage above and mail that in with the exam fee.

Given the significant time and effort needed to revise study guides according to the new subclasses that became effective July 1, 2015 under Wisc. Adm. Code NR 114, nine of the fifteen wastewater exams will be offered this November. View the wastewater operator webpage (tab #2 for study guides) to see a list of all wastewater exams and when the exams will be offered.   Study guides may also be downloaded from this webpage:

http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/wastewater.html

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources DNROpCert@Wisconsin.gov