New Program Honors Stevens Point for Water Conservation Efforts
The new program, Water Star, was launched on Earth Day in 2010 and honors cities, villages, towns and counties that have taken important steps to protect surface water and groundwater, such as strengthening stormwater controls, ensuring water quality, protecting habitats and encouraging residents to conserve water.
Water Star Program sponsors include the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Cooperative Extension, MSA Professional Services, Town and County RC&D, Rock River Coalition, UW-Extension Environmental Resources Center, Dane County, Natural Resources Consulting Inc., Wisconsin Public Service Commission and Ruekert-Mielke.
"Too often we complain about what isn't being done instead of celebrating the positive steps municipalities are taking," said Suzanne Wade, a University of Wisconsin-Extension basin educator and Water Star coordinator.
"I'm amazed at the local wisdom that these municipal staff and elected officials have used in solving problems. Water Star is one way for them to share their good work."