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City of Port Washington Engineering Department

Emerald Ash Borer Update

Virtually all of southern Wisconsin is now in the quarantine area for Emerald Ash Borer, a non-native insect which is responsible for eventually destroying all Ash trees where it is found. Since 2013, the City of Port Washington has been treating more than 500 of its 1,100 Ash trees located along its streets, plus over 100 more in City parks. While it is expected that most of the treated trees will live, it is also certain that most of the untreated trees will die within the next few years. Over three hundred Ash trees have been removed so far, and the remaining 300 are to be removed within the next two years.

Residents should be aware that it is illegal to move firewood out of an EAB quarantined area, as that is the primary means for the EAB to spread. It is best to keep firewood onsite. Homeowners who would like more information on EAB and the quarantine area, or are interested in determining whether they have an Ash tree on their property and information on how they may protect it from the EAB should visit the State of Wisconsin’s official website, www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov, and click on the link for Homeowners. Additional information on the EAB is also available at City Hall.

Car Care For Cleaner Water

We all know that cars cause air pollution, but did you know that cars also cause water pollution? As we drive, our cars and trucks leave bits of tires, brakes, and rusty metal on the street. When we park, our cars and trucks leave stains of oil, grease, and transmission fluid on driveways and parking lots. What happens to all of this “car dirt” when it rains or the snow melts? It goes directly into the nearest storm sewer and directly into Port Washington’s creeks and into Lake Michigan. There is NO connection to our wastewater treatment plant.

What can YOU do to improve the quality of our creeks and lake?

  • Recycle Oil and Antifreeze. Make sure you take it to a service station. Never pour it onto the ground or into the storm drains in the street.
  • Use Commercial Car Washes. Cars washed in driveways wash the dirt and soap phosphates into the lake, adding to pollution. Weeds and algae thrive on a high phosphate diet, making our waterways unattractive for swimming and boating. Commercial car washes have drains that are connected to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Keep Your Car Tuned Up and Aired Up. Tuned up cars with fully inflated tires save fuel and pollute less.
  • Repair Leaks. Spots on your driveway or garage floor mean the engine, transmission or radiator in your car is leaking. Have the leak repaired right away. Every time a leaky car is on the road or parked outside, the fluids ultimately get washed into Lake Michigan.

Source - UW Extension GWQ019

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City of Port Washington, Wisconsin Department of Public Works Contact Us

Engineering Department
100 W. Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074

Director of Public Works/City Engineer
Rob Vanden Noven
Wastewater Superintendent
262-284-2600
rvandennoven@ci.port-washington.wi.us

Administrative Assistant
Judy Klumb
100 W. Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074
262-284-2600
jklumb@ci.port-washington.wi.us