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Edgerton Hospital wins award for being green

Edgerton Hospital wins award for being green

An area hospital received an award last month in recognition of its building's environmental conservation efforts, hospital officials said. 

On Nov.13, Edgerton Hospital officials accepted a "Special Citation" award from the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance in recognition of the hospital's outstanding design, sustainability and leadership in the area of green building.

The hospital said it's one of the first hospitals in Wisconsin to utilize a ground-loop geothermal HVAC system to reduce energy consumption by up to 40 percent compared to other hospitals of similar size. 

The hospital, which opened in October 2011, features a maintenance-friendly, state-of-the-art geothermal HVAC system; low volatile organic compounds, also called VOCs; materials for clean air; natural daylight seating and views; and operable windows in patient rooms.

Beloit PD to intensify traffic safety enforcement Friday, Saturday

The Beloit Police Department will intensify its traffic safety enforcement Friday and Saturday. Beloit Police Officers will be working under an Alcohol Saturation Grant, provided the State of WI, to combat drunken driving and increase safety belt use.

The Beloit Police Department along with WI Department of Transportation has identified the following roadways in the community as 'at-risk':

Liberty Ave. (Highway 81), Riverside Dr. (Highway 51), and Prairie Ave.

Common carp dying in Rock River

Common carp dying in Rock River

A virus that is new to Wisconsin waters and affects common carp and koi is likely to blame for two carp die-offs in Dodge County in recent days.

Laura Stremick-Thompson, a fisheries biologist serving Dodge and Jefferson counties, said DNR began investigating the first die-off on July 21 in the state and federal waters of Horicon Marsh and Lake Sinissippi.

An investigation is now underway following reports from Thursday of dead and dying carp in Silver Creek, a tributary to the Rock River in Watertown approximately 42 miles downstream from the Hustisford dam.

"The public is not at risk from the koi herpes virus and from what we have seen in other states, sport fish and forage fish such as shiners have not been harmed," Stremick-Thompson said. "However, DNR encourages use of protective clothing such as gloves in removing the dead carp due to other bacteria the fish may be hosting."

Sheriff: Rock River under slow-no-wake speed restriction

Sheriff: Rock River under slow-no-wake speed restriction

A slow-no-wake speed restriction has been set on the entire Rock River, according to a release.

County Ordinance requires a slow-no-wake speed restriction to be put on the portion of the Rock River from Lake Koshkonong to the Beloit Rock Town Line Road Bridge when water levels reach or exceed 8.0 feet on Lake Koshkonong and 6.5 feet in Afton, officials said. The water level on Lake Koshkonong is 9.39 feet, and it is 8.58 feet in Afton.

Additionally, when water levels exceed 8.5 feet in Afton, county ordinance requires a slow-no-wake speed restriction to be placed on the portion of the Rock River from the Beloit Rock Town Line Road Bridge to the state line, according to the release. So the speed restriction has been placed on the entire Rock River.

Officials remove speed restrictions on Rock River

Officials remove speed restrictions on Rock River

Officials have removed the slow-no-wake speed restrictions on the Rock River from Lake Koshkonong to the Beloit Rock Town Line Road bridge, according to a release.

The water level for the Rock River is 7.94 feet on Lake Koshkonong and 6.48 feet in Afton, according to U.S. Geological Survey Gauges.

County ordinance allows officials to remove slow-no-wake speed restrictions when water levels are at or below 8.0 feet on Lake Koshkonong and 6.5 feet in Afton, according to the release.

There are currently no speed restrictions on the entire Rock River.

Entire Rock River under slow-no-wake restriction

Entire Rock River under slow-no-wake restriction

A slow-no-wake speed restriction has been placed on the Rock River downstream of the West Beloit Rock Town Line Road Bridge, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

County ordinance requires the speed restriction to be placed on the river when water levels exceed 8.50 feet in Afton, and the water level is at 8.66 feet, officials said.

Deputies will be posting slow-no-wake signs along the river at all public access points between the West Beloit Rock Town Line Road Bridge and the state line, according to the release.

The entire Rock River is now under a slow-no-wake restriction, officials said. Lake Koshkonong is exempt from the speed restriction.

‘Significant’ portion of Rock River under slow-no-wake

A slow-no-wake speed restriction has been placed on the Rock River between Lake Koshkonong and the Beloit Rock Town Line Road Bridge, according to a release.

The water level for Lake Koshkonong is 8.16 feet and is 6.79 feet in Afton, officials said. County ordinance requires a slow-no-wake speed restriction to be initiated when water levels exceed 8.0 feet on Lake Koshkonong and 6.5 feet in Afton.

Deputies will be placing slow-no-wake signs along the river at all public access points between Lake Koshkonong and the Beloit Rock Town Line Road Bridge, according to the release.