October 15, 2019 - In This Issue:
Clear Waters Fall Issue covers "Collection Systems:  How We Use Them, 
How We Maintain Them."
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Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Take Action Today!
Reach Out to Your House Members on PFAS Amendment Today!
The issue of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in water has become an area of interest on Capitol Hill and many states. PFAS are a class of roughly 5,000 man-made chemicals of which only a handful have been studied. PFAS chemicals are used in a wide array of consumer products such as non-stick cookware, firefighting foam, and water-repellent clothes. These chemicals may not breakdown in the natural environment and can be inhaled, consumed or absorbed by humans. Some PFAS chemicals are toxic at levels of a few drops in an Olympic-size swimming pool.

The Senate has incorporated a number of PFAS requirements in  S.1790 , the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  It would mandate that EPA issue national regulations for two PFAS compounds: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) within two years of enactment. It has a number of other mandates related to drinking and wastewater water as well, but avoided including PFAS regulation under the CERCLA law, a.k.a. Superfund.

The House is considering the annual NDAA with some defense-related PFAS provisions. However, amendment #537 by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) would mandate additional PFAS regulation for water under CERCLA. This has the potential to be very problematic for wastewater utilities. Biosolid management in particular could be made subject to the Superfund law, which could place PFAS remediation costs on utilities and ratepayers. PFAS industrial producers and industrial users should be responsible for remediating it in our environment, but CERCLA's strict and retroactive liability requirements could place the burden on PFAS "receivers", such as wastewater and drinking water agencies.

WEF is requesting that members contact their Members of Congress to request that the  Dingell amendment  be either excluded from the NDAA or changed to exempt wastewater and drinking water utilities from CERCLA regulation. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Managing Regulatory Challenges for Resilient Management
for the Great Lakes
Lodge 1, Braddock Bay Park, Greece, NY

DEC is hosting t his training which will focus on the CEHA Permit Program, Floodplain Management, Basic Land Use Tools for Resiliency, Model Local Laws to Increase Resiliency, Coastal Shoreline Protection Measures, Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs and more. Registration closes 1 week from today!

There will be DEC Central and Regional staff in attendance to answer CEHA and floodplain regulatory permit questions.

Time:  This workshop will run from 4:30 pm to 9 pm with check-in at 4 pm and dinner around 6 pm.
Cost:  $40, includes 4 hours of training and dinner.

Online Registration Now Available
This year Monroe County will offer online registration for the training program. This should allow for quicker registration and confirmation. Online registration will work for both individuals and municipalities who pay by check or claim vouchers, simply register online and select "Pay Later" and mail your check to our office. It's easier, quicker and saves staff time!

For more information, descriptions of training and to register online or with the paper form, click here.
Imagine A Day Without Water
Could your community imagine a day without water?  Mark your calendar for next Wednesday, October 23, 2019 and join NYWEA in the nationwide educational effort that asks everyone to "Imagine A Day Without Water" and consider what their day would be like if they couldn't turn on the tap and get clean drinking water, or if you flushed the toilet and wastewater didn't go anywhere. What would that day be like? Visit http://imagineadaywithoutwater.org/ to get more information and messaging resources to help spread the word about the essential role water and wastewater infrastructure play in our daily lives. Let NYWEA know how you're marking this national day of awareness in your company or organization and your community! 
92nd Annual Meeting  Exhibit, Advertising & Sponsorships Available!
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Stormwater Speciality Conference
Syracuse Marriott Downtown , Syracuse, NY 

By attending this conference you will learn about the upcoming changes to the MS4 General Permit, as well as the Construction General Permit.  

Be sure to attend and learn about examples of successful Stormwater programs and the funding opportunities that exist. You will also learn about how to apply Green Infrastructure practices in non-MS4 communities. 

Within proximity of many Green Infrastructure projects, a unique walking tour will take place in downtown Syracuse, just outside the doors of the hotel!

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