Contact(s): Steve Geis, DNR certification services section chief, 608-266-0245
MADISON -- The Eagle River Wastewater Treatment Plant was awarded the 2019 Registered Laboratory of the Year by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The annual award recognizes laboratories that show an outstanding commitment to making sure treated water protects public health and natural resources. The award was presented at the April 10 Wisconsin Natural Resources Board meeting in Madison.
"The staff of the Eagle River Wastewater Treatment Plant consistently provide reliable laboratory data that helps to protect the Wisconsin River even from its headwaters," said Steve Geis, DNR certification services section chief.
Three years ago, Lab Manager Daryl Rutkowski and Operator John Amorose took charge of the lab, bringing with them a proactive approach to problem-solving. This included reaching out to DNR staff, neighbors and other stakeholders for advice on improving the lab's work.
"It's that sort of 'we're all in this together' attitude that the DNR Laboratory Certification Program nurtures in Wisconsin's registered labs," Geis said.
There are currently 333 laboratories in the state that provide chemistry data. The mission of DNR's Laboratory Certification Program is to support these small registered labs that benefit their facilities and ensure protection of the environment.