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June  15, 2020
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2970 Wellington Circle
Tallahassee FL 32309
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2020 Annual Conference
August 3, 4, and 5, 2020
Hilton Daytona Beach
100 N Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach FL 32118
Hotel Reservations 386.254.8200
The 2020 Forty-First Florida Rural Water Association's Annual Technical and Training Conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Daytona Beach/Ocean Walk Village in exciting Daytona Beach, Florida with the room rates starting at $112.00 (this rate does not include $8.00 self parking rate) plus tax.  For reservations, please call 386.254.8200. You will want to bring the entire family to take advantage of all the amenities that Daytona Beach has to offer. 

During the Conference, FRWA will make every effort to protect the health and safety of attendees by:
  • Incorporating food event protections-like prepackaged/plated lunch for minimal touch
  • Extra disinfectant on all high touch areas in rooms and hotel, sanitizer/wipes stations, etc.
  • Masks available for those that do not have them
  • Hilton CleanStay will provide all guests with sealed clean guest rooms
You will want to go ahead and submit your nomination for the FRWA Annual Awards to earn your system or employee a recognition as being the "best of the best".  The deadline for submitting your nomination is July 3. For complete information on the awards, click here.

You won't want to miss the newest and latest in innovations in our Exhibit Hall. If you are interested in exhibiting, click here.

Don't miss this opportunity to end the summer on a high note and to enjoy some fun in the sun!
National News
White House Economic Advisor Signals At Least $2 Trillion for Next Coronavirus Relief Bill On Friday, White House official Peter Navarro said the next relief package could provide funding of up to $2 trillion and focus on the manufacturing sector with the motto of "buy American, hire American."  more

Anti-Fluoride Advocacy Gets a Trial in Federal Court: A trial is currently being held before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California with plaintiffs suing to require the EPA to declare that fluoridation presents an "unreasonable risk" of injury to health.   more

Utah Ramps up Testing of Wastewater for Coronavirus: The pilot wastewater testing project helped health officials in Utah spot an increase in genetic material from the coronavirus before a spike in local cases was reported, and the state now plans to expand the effort.  more

FEMA Webinars: COVID-19 and Hurricane Season Planning Considerations To expand awareness and understanding of its recently released COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season guidance (discussed in the May 21 Security and Resilience Update),   more

EPA Webinar: Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template Webinar  This webcast is designed as an introduction to the Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) COOP Template
White House, GOP push coronavirus relief talks to late July, sources say (CNBC, June 11).   more

White House, GOP push coronavirus relief talks to late July, sources say (CNBC, June 11)   White House and Republican negotiators are not planning to hold formal negotiations on a fourth coronavirus stimulus package until late July, when Congress returns from recess, according to sources.  more

Intense PFAS lobbying pits greens against water utilities (E&E News, June 11)  An effort on Capitol Hill to regulate toxic "forever chemicals" is pitting environmental groups against drinking and wastewater utilities that are worried Congress could leave them vulnerable to future lawsuits and high cleanup costs.  more
EPA Prepares for 2020 Hurricane Season Amid COVID-19 (EPA, June 9) As the nation continues to respond to and recover from coronavirus (COVID-19).  more

The Nation's Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Emergency by Expediting Infrastructure Investments and Other Activities (White House, June 4) By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby determine and authorize as follows... more

President Says He Will Ask Congress for Additional Stimulus  President Trump delivered remarks in the Rose Garden on the economy, coronavirus and race relations.  more

NRWA and National Water Associations Urge EPA to Fully Assess Scientific and Economic Concerns in Crafting PFAS Rule   The National Ground Water Association and eight of the country's leading drinking water organizations are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move expeditiously as it evaluates drinking water standards for two per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS).  more

Sewer Clogs a Mounting Problem in Cities  Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia's coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush.  more
State News
Fort Lauderdale hit with $2.1M fine over sewage spills The city of Fort Lauderdale has been slapped with $2.1 million in fines by the state for a series of sewage spills.  more

State agency gives Fort Lauderdale choice over how to pay for sewage breaks 
Either pay a penalty or invest in environmental restoration projects, state agency orders. more

Impact of sewage spill reduced by Manatee Public Utilities | Herald Tribune
   After initially reporting that more than a million gallons of raw sewage leaked from a pressurized sewer pipe - half of it into Sarasota Bay - Manatee County Public Utilities reports a downward revision.  more

Cities Struggle To Pay To Fix Sewage Overflow That Ends Up In Waterways | WJCT  Hundreds of cities across the country have old sewer systems that were designed to overflow into the nearest waterways, many of them dumping billions of gallons of untreated waste into rivers and lakes every year.  more

Tree Causes Sewage Spill In Cantonment | North Escambia  The Emerald Coast Utilities authority cleaned up most of a sewage spill in a Cantonment cause by a tree and worked to prevent a larger overflow.  more

Army Corps Has A Tentative Plan For Storm Surge In Miami-Dade: Flood Gates And Walls |When Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys in 2017, it sent a four- to six-foot storm surge to Biscayne Bay more than 100 miles away, flooding busy Brickell Avenue.  more
This Week in Water History

June 9, 2013:  Celebration of Centennial of Activated Sludge Process. "On June 9-11, the Water Environment Federation convened the forum, "Activated Sludge on its 100th Birthday: Challenges and Opportunities." The event was held at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first patent of the activated sludge process near Boston. The Activated Sludge process is still the heart of modern wastewater treatment systems around the globe and was a sea-change in the burgeoning field of wastewater treatment, permitting wastewater treatment to occur in a much smaller footprint, saving space and treatment time while protecting public and environmental health. In the past 100 years, the process has been updated, modified, and augmented, to improve treatment, remove nutrients, and do so more efficiently. However, more stringent demands and resources challenges are necessitating another look at the process that has been the backbone of modern sanitation infrastructure."

For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here
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