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December 5 2019
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FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant
Deadlines Fast Approaching
The deadline for applying for $410 million in funding that is available through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation  
and Flood Mitigation Assistance Fiscal Year 2019  Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs is January 31, 2020.

These competitive grant programs assist state, tribal and territorial governments to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.

The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 allows FEMA to set aside 6 percent of estimated annual disaster expenses for pre-disaster mitigation grants. For this grant cycle, $250 million is available. That amount also includes $20 million that is set aside for federally recognized tribal governments.

For flood miti gation grants, $160 million is available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to insured structures. These grants are funded by the National Flood Insurance Program.
Potential applicants can review the Notice of Funding Opportunity for details such as eligibility, funding guidelines and evaluation criteria at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/resources-documents/collections/729 .
Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at  https://www.fema.gov/application-submittal .  All applications  must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 31, 2020. Each program's funding notice is available online at www.grants.gov and  FEMA.gov .

For additional information, click on the links below:
National News
INSIGHT: The Costs to Your Community of Chasing Background Levels of PFAS  North East Biosolids & Residuals Association's Ned Beecher examines the high costs of regulating background PFAS levels.  more

29 of very large systems have violations of health-based standards Another interesting observation - U.S. has 435 systems serving >100,000 people - these systems have people and $ (generally).  more

Utilities Targeted in Cyberattacks Identified  Hackers homed in on smaller electricity providers in proximity to critical infrastructure; FBI investigating.  more

NRWA Will be Commenting on EPA Lead and Copper Rule Revisions The council is the main public panel to advise EPA for drinking water issues as authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act. more

NRWA Urges House Energy and Commerce Committee to
Exempt Small and Rural Communities from PFAS Superfund Liability House Democrats, backed by Speaker Pelosi (CA), are aligning behind a PFAS Energy and Commerce Committee plan that was approved largely along party lines by a vote of 31-19 on Nov. 20.  more
State News
House bill eyes taxing bottled water companies by the gallon | Florida Politics  Multinational water companies that siphon from Florida springs and tributaries may have to pay a bit more soon.  more

Consultants suggest $14.5 million in projects to replace wastewater trunk lines | Mountain Mail  Mark Scott and his team with Providence Infrastructure Consultants presented their 2019 wastewater collection system build-out infrastructure study and plan to Salida City Council and the Poncha Springs Board of Trustees Tuesday at a joint work session. more

Tampa Is Thirsty For More Drinking Water | WUSF  Beginning in January 2020, the Tampa Water Department anticipates purchasing more water from Tampa Bay Water. That could end up increasing fees charged to customers. more

Steep water rate hike approved from Grissom, Miami Correctional | Kokomo Tribune  Customers around military base will see bills more than double starting in February. more

Opinion: I'm a dentist and I oppose fluoride in our drinking water | Florida Today  There continues to be a misunderstanding about fluoride being added to the public drinking water. more

Noah Valenstein highlights 'huge issue' of sea level rise during Florida Taxwatch talk | Florida Politics  Valenstein spoke on water issues alongside Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer and Everglades Foundation CEO Erik Eikenberg.  more

FGCU breaks ground on $57.9 million The Water School | Florida Weekly  Florida Gulf Coast University broke ground on the new home for the 117,000-square-foot The Water School last week. more

Stuart moves forward on long-term plan for more sustainable water source |TC Palm The city has finalized a $2.3 million plan to dig a 1,700-feet well, marking a significant early step in a 40-year effort to use a more sustainable and reliable source of water. more
This Week in Water History
SEWER EXPLOSION

December 4, 1913: Municipal Journal. A series of stories that dealt with both drinking water and sewage problems, which were typical for the beginning of the 20thcentury, were featured in this issue.

Terrific Sewer Explosion in Pittsburgh.Pittsburgh, Pa.-Almost a mile of a nine-foot sewer in the Lawrenceville and Bloomfield districts was rent with a terrific explosion last week that tore up streets and alleys, demolished houses and solid brick buildings and broke gas mains. Estimates place the more seriously injured at 17, but scores were slightly hurt. Sewer gas is generally accepted as the cause of the explosion.

Newark's Sewer Disposal Plant Finished.Newark, N. J.-Newark's new disposal plant is now finished. The pipe line, however, will not all be in before some time the first of the year, so the modern disposal plant that has been constructed by Contractor L. B. Jacobs, can not be put in operation for several months.

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