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February 28, 2020
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Scholarship Opportunity
The March 31st deadline to submit your application for the Curtis E. Lloyd Scholarship is fast approaching. The Scholarship Program was created by the FRWA Board in 2008 in memory of one of its longest serving Circuit Riders. Curtis Lloyd joined the FRWA staff in1980 and worked for the association for 17 years. He retired in 1997 and stayed active until his untimely death in December 2007. This endowed scholarship fund memorializes Curtis by helping students realize their potential in tomorrow's water or wastewater Industry.

Scholarships are awarded to assist students with tuition, educational fees and/or other expenses. Individual scholarships are will be awarded for up to $1,000.00. Upon completion please submit the application along with a synopsis of the applicant's educational and professional goals with as much specificity as possible. This information may be mailed to FRWA, 2970 Wellington Circle, Tallahassee FL 32309 or emailed to

The deadline for application materials is March 31st. more
National News
Coronavirus Resources President Trump downplayed the risks of the coronavirus (COVID-19) late yesterday at a press conference and also announced Vice President Pence will lead the government's response.. more

NRWA Files Groundbreaking Class Action Lawsuit Against PFAS Manufacturers for Making, Selling Toxic Chemicals The National Rural Water Association ("NRWA") filed a lawsuit today on behalf of and its members now dealing with unregulated chemicals in their drinking water.   more

Special Report: Circuit Riders - The Origin and Mission  The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) pioneered the concept of a "Circuit Rider" for the water industry in 1980 in cooperation with the Farmers Home Administration, now Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service. more
EPA Says YES to PFAS Drinking Water Regulations  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another important step in implementing the Agency's PFAS Action Plan by proposing regulatory determinations for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in drinking water.  more

EPA announces availability of $40 million to further reduce lead in drinking water Today, as part of EPA's 50th anniversary celebration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of approximately $40 million to assist disadvantaged communities and schools with removing sources of lead in drinking water.   more
State News
Florida Senate budget panel earmarks 'Forever Florida' money for Apalachicola River restoration | Tallahassee Democrat  A senate budget panel on Tuesday approved legislation that could divert millions of dollars to protect the Apalachicola River and Bay.  more

Chief science officer defends water-quality bills that critics argue are deeply flawed  Florida Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer on Thursday defended his praise of water-quality legislation that environmentalists say is designed to fail and protects polluters. more

As Florida, Georgia battle over water, Panhandle oystermen struggle to survive | Florida Politics  Standing in his boat in Florida's Apalachicola Bay, Michael Dasher lowered a long pair of tongs into the water, pulling up a muddy mass of oysters that his son sorted, keeping those big enough to sell and tossing the rest back into the brackish bay. more

Century Approves Multiple Wastewater Improvement Projects | North Escambia  The Century Town Council has approved multiple items to improve their troubled wastewater system.  more

Fruitland Park OKs sewer line plan to encourage growth in Urick Street corridor | Villages  Fruitland Park commissioners adopted a plan Thursday for wastewater improvements in the Urick Road area. more
This Week in Water History
Interstate Quarantine  Act Becomes Law

February 23, 1893 :Interstate Quarantine Act becomes law."In 1893 Congress passed the Interstate Quarantine Act to reduce the spread of communicable diseases through interstate commerce. The act gave the Department of the Treasury broad powers to establish regulations preventing the spread of disease from one state to another in the following clause (Cumming 1932; Kraut 1994):

'The Secretary of the Treasury shall, if in his judgment it is necessary and proper, make such additional rules and regulations as are necessary to prevent the introduction of such diseases (communicable) into the United States from foreign countries, or into one State or Territory or the District of Columbia from another State or Territory or the District of Columbia ....'

This clause was not immediately perceived as requiring any regulations relating to drinking water. In fact, methods of bacteriological analysis and water treatment were not sufficiently developed at this time for the establishment of quantitative standards."

Reference: Fischbeck, Paul S. and R. Scott Farrow eds. Improving Regulation: Cases in Environment, Health and Safety. Washington, DC:Resources for the Future. 2001, p. 52.

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