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October 10 , 2019
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FEMA Releases New Pre-Disaster Planning Guide
FEMA recently released "Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Tribal Governments", outlining the simple planning steps tribal governments can take before a disaster happens to be prepared for the recovery process.

The guide provides a range of planning activities, from basic to formal steps, that include establishing recovery leadership, engaging the community, identifying existing resources, and building new partnerships that can help all tribal governments build resilience.

FEMA developed the guide in alignment with FEMA's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan goal of maturing the National Disaster Recovery Framework. The guide is the final product in a series of three pre-disaster planning guides.

You can download the guide on the FEMA website.
National News
USDA Updates Rural Populations Limits, Other Eligibility Rules for Several Loan Guarantee Programs  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development updated rural population limits, fees, and funding priorities for several loan guarantee programs, in accordance with the provisions of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill).  more

4 pipeline fights to watch this Supreme Court term
The Supreme Court could decide to wade into the natural gas pipeline wars this term.  more

FEMA Accepting Appliciations for Hazard Mitigation Assistance The purpose of this page is to connect individuals and state, local, and tribal government representatives with the resources they need to implement hazard mitigation measures in their communities.  more

Opinion: Larry Beck: Texas losing fight with rising sea levels | Denton Record-Chronicle  Following Trump's absurd notion to buy Greenland earlier this year, Trump apologist and conservative columnist Marc Thiessen expressed a view typical of people who display little to no knowledge about human actions and their impact on global warming.  more
State News
Charting a new direction for Florida's waters | Pensacola News Journal Water is the lifeblood of our state - and, as our state continues growing, it's a challenge we have to meet.  more

Sewer plant's initial solar project complete | Key West Citizen   The final 105 solar panels have been brought online at the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District main plant, completing the district's initial solar effort and generating about the same energy needed to power nearly 17 homes.  more
  
St. Petersburg to homeowners: Fix your broken sewer pipes | Tampa Bay Times  The city is considering an ordinance that would require property owners repair or replace broken sewer lines if the city discovers a problem.  more

September rainfall sets record low | Suwannee Democrat  Rainfall in September reached a record low of 0.92 inches on average throughout the North Florida.   more

16 bids to purchase JEA opened under shroud of secrecy | News4Jax The bids of 16 companies interested in buying Jacksonville's city-owned electric and water utility... more

Port Richey dissolution is power grab by Rep. Amber Mariano's father, city alleges | Tampa Bay Times  State Rep. Amber Mariano's effort to dissolve Port Richey is a power grab by her father, Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano, city officials alleged Monday.   more

Septic, sewer, agriculture all scrutinized by algae task force | Florida Politics  A Blue-Green Algae Task Force wants Florida to consider an expansion of restrictions on new septic tanks.  more

Weathering the Storm: Bobby Gibbs | My Panhandle  Bay County Water Division employees made sure fuel, water storage and vehicle tanks were filled before Hurricane Michael.  more

Blue-Green Algae Task Force: DEP should be involved in septic tank permitting  Fixing, replacing and better monitoring septic tank systems is one key to cutting down on the amount of nutrients polluting Florida's waterways.  more

Water Main Break In East Fort Lauderdale Leads To Boil-Water Notice | WLRN  The city of Fort Lauderdale issued a precautionary boil-water notice for the Las Olas Isles and Nurmi Isles neighborhoods late Thursday.   more
This Week in Water History
Houston Buys Water Works
October 6, 1906:   The City of Houston bought the private Water Works Company for $901,700-the amount of debt owed by the company. With the sale, the City acquired the Water Works plant, 55 wells and 65 miles of mains. The newly organized Water Department rapidly drilled sixty-six new artesian wells to augment the recently acquired infrastructure.

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