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May 17, 2019
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Happy Friday Rural Water! It's the middle of May and boy are things heating up already. This summer is going to be a hot one. As we all know, a warm summer leads the way to an active storm season. Are you prepared?

FRWA attended the National Rural Water Emergency Response Training held in Lonoke, AK this past week. The event was the largest it had been ever, 128 attendees representing 33 states. This training is an annual training that provides tips, suggestions, and strategies to Rural Water Associations on how to help respond during an emergency. In addition to the training, hands on technical displays are held to ensure that responders can help deploy and retrieve equipment in the field. This year's training featured stations on vac-trucks, generator repair and maintenance, VFD installation and maintenance, and field communication technology.

In addition to receiving training, FRWA also provided some training and presented about the response to Hurricane Michael. Many attendees were awed by the destructive force of Michael. They were moved by the response efforts. They were amazed that the recovery was still in progress. The experience of Michael helped teach that while responding immediately to an emergency is necessary, water and wastewater systems will still need support as the recover.  more
Florida/Alabama Joint Conference

The Alabama/Florida Joint Technical Training Conference has been scheduled for May 28-30, 2019 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Presented by Alabama Rural Water and Florida Rural Water, this year's Joint Conference promises to be more informative and exciting than ever! We will have the latest in industry information available in our Exhibit Hall with over sixty exhibitors. The topics covered in our training sessions will bring you up to date on the pressing issues in the water and wastewater field. Of course, as with any Rural Water event, there will be plenty of food! Please plan to join us for fun, food, and a wealth of information! 

You can find the latest in information on the Conference on our website by clicking here.
National News
EPA Releases Draft Study on Produced Water for Public Comment  On Wednesday, May 15, EPA released a draft study on produced water from oil and gas extraction, and is seeking public comment on the draft by July 1st.  more

EPA Releases Updated UCMR4 Data Summary
On May 10th, EPA posted the third set of analytical results and a Data Summary for the Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Rule (UCMR 4).  more

House Appropriators Boost EPA FY20 Funding in Draft Bill
The House Appropriations Committee's draft Interior-Environment spending bill, scheduled for subcommittee markup May 15, increases EPA funding in the year 2020 to a total of $9.52 billion in funding for the agency  more

With hurricane season approaching, researchers work to better predict intensity
Many residents in the southeast U.S. and along the Gulf Coast are already thinking about the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1.  more

Alabama native Jeffrey Byard's nomination to lead FEMA sent to Senate  The nomination of Alabama native Jeffrey Byard to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been sent to the Senate, the White House announced. more

Infrastructure Week 2019: Water's important role  As advocates and activists arrive in Washington, DC for the seventh annual Infrastructure Week, flying from airports and riding in on rails and roads, it is important to remember why water matters. more

It's Infrastructure Week! Read the key findings from a national voter survey  Key Findings from a National Voter Survey Conducted February 14-24, 2019 more 

5 questions about the Interior-EPA, Energy-Water bills  Proposals to reorder the Trump administration's energy and environmental priorities will come this week as the House unveils its fiscal 2020 spending bills for EPA and the Energy and Interior departments.  more 

Why it's time to abandon the term 'wastewater treatment plants' in favor of 'water resource recovery facilities'   Historically, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have prioritized investments in water supply, achieving good coverage in the past years. more

5 Things to Know Inside the Beltway (this week) The House Appropriations Interior Environment Subcommittee yesterday approved a $37.3 billion appropriations bill for FY2020 on a voice vote. more

EPA: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Algal Toxin Treatment (Webinar) Registration is now open for EPA's Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Algal Toxin Treatment. more

Early storm a wakeup call ahead of hurricane season | News Reporter  While an "early" tropical system caught the attention of the hurricane-weary Southeast last week, April and May storms are not that unusual, according to the National Weather Service. more
State News
Study shows Naples is in top 10 for cities to be underwater by 2100 | Destin Log Visiting the beautiful water in Southwest Florida is a treat, but some are lucky to call it home. more

Destin Water Users wins 'Olympics of the water industry'   Destin Water Users placed first in the "Olympics of the Water Industry" this year. more

Nutrient pollution comes from 'everywhere' | Okeechobee News  At their May 8 workshop meeting, the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board was briefed on the complicated issue of nutrient loading into waterways. more

Opinion: Editorial: Water quality comes before conferences | Herald Tribune  One reason that Sarasota County doesn't have a publicly financed conference center is simple: more

Flushable Wipes Clogging Up Miami-Dade Sewer System | CBS Miami  Those single-use flushable wipes are popular, but are they causing an even bigger mess?  more

Tampa has a lot of old water pipes to fix and residents will foot the bill | Tampa Bay Times  One afternoon in June, a river of water rushed down Rome Avenue.  more

Fried announces new water policy director | Polk News-Sun  Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried announced Wednesday her appointment of Christopher Pettit as director of Agricultural Water Policy for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. more
This Week in Water History
May 14, 1914: Municipal Journalarticle. Proposal to Change Map of New York City. "New York City, N. Y.-The somewhat startling changes in the topography of New York proposed by Dr. T. Kennard Thomson have again come in for further discussion in connection with the various sewage disposal plans proposed for the city. Dr. Thomson says that the rivers and harbors of the city are becoming cesspools because the sewage has no easy way of getting out. He claims that his plan of joining Manhattan to Long Island by filling in the East river would allow of great trunk sewers from White Plains down where the East river now is, thence to Staten Island, picking up all the Jersey sewage, and then on, miles beyond Sandy Hook, where it can be properly treated. By the construction of a new neck of land from the Battery to within a mile of Staten Island and the connection of the Island with New York by tunnels, Dr. Thomson said that Staten Island would in reality become 'Greater Pittsburgh' when the barge canal was completed, making it possible to get ore here as cheaply as in the Pennsylvania city. He added that 'The project will involve spending at the very least for sea walls, docks, streets, skyscrapers, subways, trolleys, electric light and power lines, warehouses, dry docks, sewers, boulevards, parks, and the like $50,000,000 a year for labor and $50,000,000 a year for materials, keeping every transportation company in the country busy bringing in material and every industry in the city busy, feeding, clothing, marrying, burying, insuring, and otherwise looking after the needs of the new population, which, added to the present, soon will be 25,000,000 in a radius of 25 miles from New York City Hall.'"  more

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