Breaking Trail

Katie Goin and her team work methodically to upgrade the wastewater treatment and collection system in a small community in northwest Wisconsin.
Breaking Trail
The team at the Cumberland Wastewater Treatment Facility includes, from left, Randy Pedersen, operations specialist; Katie Goin, plant manager; and Barry Bassett, lab technician.

For 52 years, a cheese factory employed many residents of Cumberland, Wis. In 1953, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) required the rural community build a trickling filter wastewater treatment plant to handle the factory’s high-strength waste.

A second mandate led...

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