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March 29, 2019
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FRWA Receives FDEP Challenge Coin Award
In February, the Florida Rural Water Association received the award below in recognition of emergency response efforts on behalf of the small water and wastewater sytems in Florida.  The award included a letter of recognition and two "Challenge Coins".  
The enclosed letter reads:

"Please accept and distribute these tokens of DEP's Office of Emergency Response's appreciation. Every year our agency excels in a range of emergency activities, due to the expertise you and your staff provide.

A History Behind Challenge Coins: There is a long-standing history of military and emergency management personnel using coins to identify one another as a member of the same unit or team. A challenge coin is not just a token, but a tangible source of pride for responders at every level of involvement. Our ESF 10 coins are a visual representation of everything we all work towards in order to keep the environment and the citizens of Florida safe.

So once again a huge thank you to you and your team and remember,  Volumus Operari Cum Te Current (We work when you run).
Make Plans Now to Participate in 
National Prescription
Drug Take Back Day
We are requesting your assistance in promoting the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.  There are many locations in the State of Florida participating in this event being held Saturday, April 27, 2019 beginning at 10:00 am.

 It is important that your customers know the importance of proper disposal of unwanted/unused medications.  DO NOT FLUSH!  Flushing medications leads to water pollution, improperly throwing these medication in the trash can lead to ingestion by children and animals and could still lead to water pollution. The last Take-Back Day brought in more than 900,000 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 10,878,950 pounds. more
National News
USDA Announces Investments in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 23 States that will Benefit 171,000 Rural Residents Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA is investing $116 million (PDF, 158 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 171,000 rural Americans in 23 states.  more

Supreme Court to consider taking key CWA scope case The Supreme Court will consider at its April 12 conference whether to take up a Montana man's petition to overturn his conviction for filling waters without a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit... more

North Carolina eyes consolidation of aging rural water and sewer systems Gov. Roy Cooper's proposed bond issue would provide $800 million for water and sewer systems across North Carolina. State officials say some of that money could be used to consolidate struggling rural systems.more

Justices Grapple With Whether To Narrow EPA Regulatory Deference
Supreme Court justices at March 27 oral argument appeared unlikely to completely overturn a key precedent granting deference to EPA and other federal agencies' interpretations of their regulations, though several of the justices appeared open to the Trump administration's call to narrow the deference.  more

Judge's Rejection Of New CWA Rule Injunction Prolongs Policy 'Patchwork  A federal district judge has rejected two GOP-led states' request to block enforcement of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule within their borders, prolonging a nationwide "patchwork" of CWA standards that has led to fights in courts and Congress over how to apply the law until EPA repeals and replaces the 2015 rule.  more

Gaetz drafts Republican alternative to 'Green' deal Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, is circulating a draft GOP alternative to the Democrats' "Green New Deal" (GND), calling it the "Green Real Deal" and touting innovation on low-carbon technology as one way to reduce various threats posed by climate change.  more

Another Opportunity for House of Representatives Members to  Support Small and Rural Communities - and State Rural Water Associations  On Friday, four House Members from New York and Hawaii circulated "Dear Colleague" letters in support of rural water funding priorities.  All House Members are welcome to show support and cosign the letters  more

Senate committee unveils $1.7 billion environmental plan The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government unveiled the Senate's $1.7 billion environmental protection budget this morning and accepted it without comment.  more

Senate bill would require public schools to filter drinking water  It is important to Joe Stolz that water is filtered through bottles before his daughter Brooklyn ever drinks it.  more
State News
New judge for Florida-Georgia water war Earlier this month, we told you a new federal appellate judge, based in New Mexico, is tasked with sorting out the long-running battle between Florida and Georgia over water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. more

DeSantis environmental projects get House support | Polk News-Sun
  Gov. Ron DeSantis would get nearly all the money he's requested for environmental projects in an initial House budget proposal for next year. more

Federal water project grants could increase under Rep. Brian Mast, Rep. Angie Craig bill | TCPalm  A bill to increase funding for EPA grants for local projects to reduce pollution has been approved by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. more

Budget plans clear House and Senate panels - with big dollar differences | Gainesville Sun  Gov. Ron DeSantis's push for a spike in state money to tackle the state's water problems and for Florida's 2.8 million school children frame a host of differences between dueling state spending plans approved Wednesday by House and Senate budget committees. more

Panama City's Hurricane Michael expenses surpass $50 million | Panama City News Herald  The city will likely need to take out a second, $25 million loan to help cover the costs, and keep bills paid while FEMA reimbursements come in. more

Sewer system woes prompt St. Pete Beach to seek millions in funding | WTSP  The city of St. Pete Beach is seeking at least $12 million from county and state governments to help with sewer system upgrades necessary to keep the city and tourism industry functioning at peak capacity. more

SPECIAL REPORT: Hurricane H20 | My Panhandle  Econfina Spring is normally known as a great spot to relax on a hot summer day. The spring is noted for its crystal clear appearance and freezing cold temperature, but it also serves a deeper purpose. more
This Week in Water History
March 25, 1639: "America's first canalto provide industrial water power began (dug by colonists in Dedham, MA); ran from Charles River to Neponset River at Mill Creek."

Wikipedia article. "Mother Brook is the modern name for a stream that flows from the C harles River in Dedham, Massachusetts, to the Neponset River in the Hyde Park section of Boston, Massachusetts. Mother Brook was also known variously as East Brook and Mill Brook in earlier times. The man-made portion of Mother Brook is considered to have been the   first canal in America dug by English settlers. Mother Brook was important to Dedham as its only source of water power for mills, from 1639 into the early 20th century.

Reference: "Business History." Website, Accessed November 14, 2012.

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