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February  22 , 2019
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2019 Focus on Change

Once again we have closed the last classroom door on our annual series of Focus on Change Sessions.  This year's sessions proved to be the most successful in our history.  One comment we received is that it was "better than the Super Bowl Halftime".  We can't go that far, but attendees did say that it was very informative.  One first time attendee said that he learned a lot and would be back next year.

We would like to thank the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for partnering with us on the Sessions to keep those that attended informed on the latest in regulations.  This was the twenty-ninth year that DEP has taken time out of their busy schedules to give the operators in the state of Florida what they need to know to stay in compliance in 2019.

This year we hosted over 1400 attendees at six locations throughout the state.  A lot of operators ear mark these sessions as a must attend each year. 

Be sure to watch eNews next week for more information and photos from this year's Focus on Change!  
National News
The Fabric of America  According to the US EPA, there are 50,067 community water supply systems (CWS) in the nation. more

EPA Releases PFAS Action Plan. On Feb. 14, the U.S. EPA unveiled the agency's Per- and Polyfluoralkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan. more

Supreme Court to hear case that could restrict federal water rules The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a major dispute with potentially far-reaching implications for how the federal government protects waterways from pollution.  more

FEMA's panel of flood experts unable to meet as losses mount A federal advisory panel that's supposed to provide scientific information to the National Flood Insurance Program is entering a five-month work stoppage, even as property losses mount against the backdrop of severe inundation related to climate change.  more

Bill would require annual testing of school drinking water in Maine  Lawmakers in Maine held a hearing on a bill that would require all schools test for lead in drinking and cooking water. more

Caffeine slows down the movement of water molecules  Contrary to the well-known stimulating effect on humans, caffeine slows down the movement of water molecules.  more

Trump establishes hurricane recovery fund During a special meeting last week the board of Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. voted to earmark $15 million as a hurricane recovery fund. more

New Orleans mayor asks state for 'immediate $75 million influx of cash' for infrastructure  New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell asked Gov. John Bel Edwards last month to give the city $75 million immediately to deal with its infrastructure needs. more

Supreme Court Will Wade Into Clean Water Dispute A case over a Hawaii wastewater treatment plant could redefine the scope of the federal law that regulates pollution in lakes, rivers, streams and oceans.  more  
State News
Matt Gaetz commits to helping Jay and Century find funding for infrastructure | Pensacola News Journal  Rep. Matt Gaetz committed to helping local officials in Jay and Century find money for infrastructure projects during a visit to the towns on Thursday. more

County frustration with spill dollars continues | The Star  The Board of County Commissioners can't seem to buy a break with specific sources of revenue, such as RESTORE and Triumph Gulf Coast dollars. more

Sewer system solution could be soon | The Star A long debate about what to do with the wastewater system that serves Gulf Aire could be coming to a resolution. more 

Gov. DeSantis keeps Valenstein as environmental chief  Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday he intends to keep Noah Valenstein as the state's environmental secretary, a move that quickly drew praise from a number of conservationists.  more

NAS Whiting Field receives environmental award The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented the 2018 Plant Operations Excellence Award in the small community category to the Naval Air Station Whiting Field Public Works department on Feb. 12 at Northwest Florida College. more  

Port St. Joe seeks infrastructure fundinWith the city's infrastructure having been abused by Hurricane Michael, Port St. Joe commissioners are seeking aid in the form of grant dollars from multiple sources. more

Tamarac officials tout flood insurance discounts  City officials in Tamarac are celebrating a 20 percent discount on mandatory flood insurance, which they say is the result of flood management efforts undertaken by the city, according to a news release. more

Reverse trend UF study: U.S. shifts from lakes, rivers to groundwater  University of Florida researchers say the U.S. population is becoming less reliant on rivers and waterways. Instead trends have reversed to an increased demand for groundwater. more

Bay County approves $100 million bond for Hurricane Michael recovery | Panama City News Herald The county faces an estimated $400 million bill for hurricane recovery and while FEMA is expected to reimburse much of that bill, that process could take years and meanwhile, invoices need to be paid. more

Utility members invited to open house | Florida Weekly Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. invites its members for an open house and tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the customer service building and water plant at 11900 E. Terry St.  more
This Week in Water History

February 19, 1914:  Engineering Newsarticle. "A steel tank 100 ft. diameter and 50 ft. high, with a capacity of 2,938,000 gal., is being built at Youngstown, Ohio, in connection with the water-supply service. The design is shown in Fig. 1. There are ten rings of plate, with double-strap butt joints for the vertical seams. These have ten rows of rivets (staggered) in the first two rings, eight in the third, six up to the eighth ring, four in the ninth and two in the tenth or top ring. There is a 20-in. inlet pipe with lead- and oakum-calked joint in the bottom plate, and a 24-in. overflow pipe of 3/8-in. riveted plate.... more  

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