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February 4, 2021
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DeSantis Announces $75 Million in Awards to Bolster FL Communities' Resilience to Future Storms
Tallahassee, Fla. - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that $75 million has been awarded to 30 communities through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's (DEO) Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program. The program, administered by DEO, allows local governments to increase the resiliency of critical facilities that serve a public safety purpose for local communities.

"While we continue to help communities recover from the impacts of major storms in recent years, we also need to prepare for future storms," said Governor Ron DeSantis. "This funding will be central to that preparation and make these communities more resilient."

The funds are allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant - Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program formed in response to the 2016 to 2017 presidentially declared disasters.

"Governor DeSantis continues to make the resiliency of Florida's communities one of his top priorities, and the Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program marks this commitment," said DEO Executive Director Dane Eagle. "This Mitigation funding will allow Florida's communities impacted by recent storms to harden and fortify infrastructure that serve as a critical lifeline to those in need during a disaster."

DEO is awarding the following communities funding through the Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program: more
DeSantis Announces More than $92 Million Available to Local Governments 
Tallahassee, Fla. - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced local governments now have the opportunity to apply for the Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) Relief Program. The CDBG-CV program is designed to help local governments prepare, prevent, and respond to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Grant - Coronavirus Relief Program

CDBG-CV funds are allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Program activities must be critical to the area and primarily benefit of low- and moderate-income residents.

"As Florida communities continue responding to and recovering from the pandemic, this funding will provide local governments and their communities with vital support," said Governor DeSantis. "Many thanks to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for swiftly allocating this funding to help Florida communities address their needs."

The pre-application cycle is now open for both CDBG-CV Entitlement and Small Cities programs. The pre-application cycle is required for communities to provide project information in order for DEO to perform a review and provide technical assistance to applicants to ensure project or program viability.

"In the midst of this unprecedented pandemic, we encourage communities to take advantage of the Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus Relief Program resource," said Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Dane Eagle. "The Department is proud to partner with local governments to put this funding to good use." more
National News
Update on COVID-19 Vaccination for Essential Workers Webinar The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting a series of webinars on COVID-19 vaccination for essential workers. more

5 Reasons Why Wastewater Treatment Plants Convert From Chlorine To UV Disinfection (Fact Sheet)Throughout the past few decades, growing awareness of the long-term public safety and environmental costs of chlorine wastewater disinfection has led to the adoption of inherently safer alternatives, such as UV. more
Wastewater Plant Streamlines Process Monitoring In its quest to gain greater remote accessibility and increase ease of use, a progressive sewerage authority elects to think outside the traditional SCADA box. more
Every Drop Counts The fast-growing city of Lincolnton, NC, installs a new metering system that's addressing "meter-box blindness" - and quickly recovering lost revenue in the process. more

Famous Water Quotes "Water Quotes from Movies and Films," and during our "Water We Talking About?" podcast with Paul O'Callaghan.  more
State News
Hillsborough kills 'corporate welfare' program for residential developers Developers will no longer be able to pass on long-term water and sewer fees to buyers of new homes, Hillsborough commissioners decided. more

$6M needed to complete septic tank phaseout program in Jacksonville's Beverly Hills East neighborhood | News4Jax
 News comes 3 months after city leaders announced they're $25.8M short on funding for Christobel neighborhood. more

Florida Forever Funding Could Be Cut In Half | WLRN
Some of the state's main environmental programs are on the chopping block, including Florida Forever, a key fund to acquire conservation land.  more

Getting our water right | Florida Weekly Everglades Restoration plans are underway. Here we look at the most recent Report to Congress on the progress. more

Plan To Reuse Tampa's Wastewater Up For Thursday Vote | WUSF  The plan would dump highly treated wastewater downstream from the city's drinking water intake pipes on the Hillsborough River. more

Governor: More than $5.7 million coming to Tampa Bay area for storm, disaster preparedness | WTSP A total of $75 million will be awarded to communities and counties throughout the state. more
New water treatment facility coming to Milton, Fla.  Milton's new $28 million water treatment plant promises to be 'transformative' for region. more

Residents may experience a slight increase in chlorine odor and taste in water Feb. 3-23 | Palm Coast Observer  Palm Coast Utility announces temporary modification of disinfection treatment procedures. more

City of Palm Bay Utilities Department Begins South Regional Expansion Project on Osmosis Drive | Space Coast Daily The City of Palm Bay Utilities Department has begun construction on an expansion project at the South Regional utility Campus, located 250 Osmosis Drive SE. more

Historic Water Levels in the Everglades Help Fix Florida Bay Salinity | South Dade News Leader  In the last four months of 2020, the Everglades received a massive transfusion of that lifeblood from the above-average rainfall during that period.  more
This Week in Water History

Influenza in NY State

February 1, 1919: Article in Municipal Journal. Declares Influenza Cause Is Unknown. "Albany, N. Y.-According to a statement by Dr. Hermann M. Biggs, state commissioner of health, in this state in the month of October alone approximately 32,000 lives were lost, while in the country as a whole 400,000 people are believed to have died of so-called influenza during the months of September, October and November. "It is questionable," says the statement, "if any recorded epidemic has produced in a similar space of time such disastrous results, yet, despite the efforts of an army of research workers both here and abroad, the definite causative agent of the disease remains today unknown. Until proof to the contrary is forthcoming it must be assumed that the epidemic represented a very virulent form of the same disease which has spread throughout the world from time to time for many centuries, and numerous excellent records of which are available for study in medical literature. At the present time there is no exact diagnostic procedure which may be relied upon positively to differentiate epidemic influenza from severe 'colds' accompanied by fever, cough and prostration, and frequently followed by pneumonia, such colds being due to a variety of well-known organisms. Nevertheless there are certain fairly characteristic symptoms in typical cases of epidemic influenza which at present justify a clinical diagnosis of that disease."

Commentary: While influenza is not transmitted by water, the occurrence of articles like this in the engineering literature of the times shows how devastating the disease was in the U.S.

Commentary Update: As of February 2020, there is another threat of a pandemic with the Corona virus.

Further Commentary Update: As of February 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic has killed over 370,000 people in the U.S.

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