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September 14, 2018
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America's Water Infrastructure Act
On Monday, the key House & Senate committee leaders announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislation which could be considered on the House floor later this week.

The "America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018," was announced by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR).

NRWA is appreciative of the very helpful and beneficial water-related provisions in "America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018," and urges its passage and enactment.

The legislation makes significant improvements and modifications to the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act that will be very beneficial to small and rural communities. Most U.S. water utilities are small; over 91 percent of the country's approximately 50,000 drinking water systems serve communities with fewer than 10,000 people and approximately.   more
Remembering Irma
In September 2017, Florida was recovering from the after affects of Hurricane Irma.  Please see below a presentation revisiting the efforts of FRWA during the critical time following Irma's wrath.
Following Florence
Hurricane Florence starts flooding parts of the Carolinas The rain turned sideways Thursday, rivers swelled and floodwaters began to fill streets, as massive Hurricane Florence more

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina Hurricane Florence has made landfall in North Carolina, but its crawling pace and overwhelming storm surges are setting up hours and hours more

Hurricane Florence latest path shows North Carolina landfall One of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Florence so far is New Bern, North Carolina, where about 100 people were waiting to be rescued. more

Hurricane Florence Live Updates: Storm Makes Landfall in North Carolina Hurricane Florence, lashing the North Carolina coast with strong winds and blinding rain, made landfall Friday morning having already driven dangerous storm surges of several feet into beach and river towns. more
National News
Opinion: Congress must reauthorize Land, Water Conservation Fund If you enjoyed a park on Labor Day weekend, odds are the Land & Water Conservation Fund helped fund its acquisition or pay for amenities such as boat ramps and ball fields.  more
State News
Judge sides with environmentalists, says lawmakers failed to comply with Amendment 1  Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands.  more

Water in Stuart showing improvement but still filled with toxic algae In Stuart, the water on the Caloosahatchee river looks better than it did before when it was rid with blue green algae.   more

Pine Island organization discusses water quality. Greater Pine Island Civic Association invited Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani to its meeting last week to discuss the water quality issues Southwest Florida has recently been facing.  more

Opinion: Editorial: Be prepared for the next hurricane With Hurricane Florence barrelling toward the Carolinas, Floridians are not the ones having to prepare for a major storm for once.  more

Longboat kicks off north-end beach project Earthmovers and other construction equipment will become common sights during the next month for Longboat Key residents who live on the north end of the island.  more

Utilities add backup power after Irma to avoid sewage overflow repeat  Tony Gaffoli knew he had a problem when brown, wretched water began bubbling out of the manhole in front of his Morning Sun Lane home just days after Hurricane Irma struck Florida last September.  more

Army Corps to slow Okeechobee releases even as Lake O rises Lake Okeechobee levels are rising, but the federal agency in charge of releases reduced discharges Friday to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers.   more

ECUA to start Pensacola Beach water line project Monday The relocation of an Emerald Coast Utilities Authority water line that serves Pensacola Beach is expected to begin early Monday morning.  more

Crash shuts down Bunnell's water system, prompts boil water notice  Bunnell city officials were hoping to restore water service to homes and businesses by 8 p.m. Thursday after a morning car crash forced a citywide shutdown of the water supply. more
This Week in Water History
September 11, 2001:   The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington, D.C. catapulted  drinking water security to the forefront. In 2002, the U.S. Congress enacted the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act. With respect to water supplies, this legislation amended the Safe Drinking Water Act and specified actions that community water systems and the EPA must take to improve the security of the nation's drinking-water infrastructure. Vulnerability Assessments were conducted at hundreds of drinking water installations across the U.S.

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