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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

PR 101: Release bad news on a Friday afternoon

The MMSD dumpsa lot of you know what into Lake Michigan.

Storm Update - June 21 & 22, 2011



Immediate Release
June 24, 2011
Contact: Bill Graffin, MMSD Public Information Manager, (414) 225-2077

Storm Update – June 21, 22 

(Milwaukee, WI) – The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is reporting the following information to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regarding sewer overflows that resulted from heavy rain on June 20 and 21.

Localized flooding resulted from strong storms on the morning of June 20 with about two inches of rain falling in less than two hours.  The Deep Tunnel filled to 288 million gallons out of 521.  MMSD pumped the tunnel down throughout the day and overnight, getting it to the 150 million gallon level before several more storms hit on June 22.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m., intense rain delivered a rate of 5.5 billion gallons per day (3.8 million gallons per minute) to the Deep Tunnel system.

To reduce the risk of basement backups and reserve room in the tunnel for separate sewer flows, the District started a combined sewer overflow at 8:30 p.m. on June 21.  The combined sewer overflow is estimated at 170.5 million gallons.

Also, to reduce sewer overflows and reserve room in the Deep Tunnel for separate sewer flows from the suburbs and parts of Milwaukee, MMSD blended 26.8 million gallons of stormwater and wastewater at the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility by pumping it out of the Deep Tunnel, blending it with wastewater that went through the first three stages of treatment and sending the entire flow through the disinfection process before releasing it to Lake Michigan.



From the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, May, 2004:

A sailboat makes its way along Lake Michigan in this aerial photo from Chopper Four with power zoom. The discolored water extended past the breakwater; the contents are unknown.
Photo credit: Butch Jorgensen, photojournalist, WTMJ-TV

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