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January 31, 2020
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Online Training
We're off to a great start! Our first sessions of Focus on Change were held in Pompano Beach and Punta Gorda this week to an overflowing crowd. Over 570 attendees turned out to hear the latest in regulatory changes for 2020. One attendee commented that there was "Good information in every session."

Next week we travel to Haines City on Tuesday and Ocala on Wednesday. Don't miss this opportunity to hear invaluable updates to keep your system in compliance! Make plans to attend now.
We have over 1100 attendees signed up thus far at various locations throughout the state.  If you are not able to attend next week, you can take advantage of a one of the more convenient locations below in the next few weeks.  Just click on the location nearest you to register.

Don't miss this opportunity to take care of your CEUs early and avoid the rush!  We hope to see you soon at a location near you.

For a complete agenda, click here.  For more complete information, click here.
National News
A Final, New Definition of WOTUS EPA and Army Deliver on President Trump's Promise to Issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule - A New Definition of WOTUS more

Industry says voluntary plan to curb antibiotic pollution is working, but critics want regulation - Science Magazine Two years into its work, a voluntary, industry-led effort to reduce pollution from antibiotic manufacturing facilities is drawing mixed reviews from outside analysts. more

"Until today, you never knew you wanted a LEGO..."  For an electrical engineering project, Gilcelio Chagas built this crackerjack model depicting an island desalination plant. more
State News
Sunbreak Farms drops biosolids fight | WPTV A years-long battle over the possible use of biosolids by a farm in St. Lucie County is over. more 

FL House $4.1 Billion Budget Would Close Visit Florida, Fund Environmental Projects | WJCT  Gov. Ron DeSantis would get more than the $625 million he requested for environmental projects, Florida Forever would see a funding cut and Visit Florida would be shuttered, under parts of a House budget proposal released Tuesday.  more

Scientist: high levels of chemicals at MacDill AFB are a "huge red flag" | WMNF  The level of "forever chemicals" contaminating groundwater at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base is a "huge red flag."  more

Water Main Break Affecting Traffic In SW Miami | CBS Miami Authorities were telling drivers to avoid the area of Southwest 84th Avenue just off of Bird Road where a water main break was affecting traffic. more   

Funding lined up for $1.5 billion in Miami-Dade water/sewer upgrades | Miami Today  Future upgrades to Miami-Dade's water and sewer system now have a funding structure, as lawmakers last week gave a preliminary OK to bond issues that, if tapped into entirely, would grow what's already owed for the system by 65%.  more

Florida lawmakers want to fine cities more for sewage spills, such as the one that fouled Fort Lauderdale's waters | Sun Sentinel  Fort Lauderdale's holiday season brought tens of millions of gallons of sewage flowing into waterways  more

Opinion: Here's how to fix Florida's water crisis - and how to pay for it | TCPalm  Florida has a well-documented water crisis.  more

Florida Senate moves to boost environmental fines | News4Jax  Gov. Ron DeSantis' request to boost fines on environmental lawbreakers drew support Monday in its first legislative appearance.  more

Butler named Jennings' town manager | Suwannee Democrat  After conducting four interviews earlier this month for town manager, the Jennings Town Council approved hiring a previous candidate. more

Public input needed for septic system remediation plans to help protect our springs | Hernando Sun  In order to comply with state mandates, the Hernando County Utilities Department will be hosting a public input open house to provide information regarding Septic System Remediation Plans to help protect our springs   more
This Week in Water History
Hemlock Water at Last!
January 24, 1876: Glory! Hemlock Water at Last!"So proclaimed the [Rochester, NY] newspaper headline on January 24, 1876 as it announced the arrival of Hemlock Lake water into Mt. Hope Reservoir (today named Highland Reservoir). Finally, after more than three decades of political bickering and aborted construction attempts, Rochester had an abundant supply of pure wholesome drinking water. While an asset such as this may barely raise an eyebrow today, in 1876 this was truly a glorious event for the 70,000 citizens of Rochester.

In the era before the arrival of Hemlock water, wells and cisterns were the only source of drinking water. For the average resident, one well or cistern was shared by several families. Not surprisingly, the water quality of these wells was terrible in a city honeycombed with cesspools and privies. The author of an 1875 Board of Health report stated that, "We have few wells in our city that are fit for use, and in the densely populated portion they are almost without exception, absolutely unfit." Diseases such as dysentery, cholera and typhoid were widespread. Periods of drought amplified these hardships"
For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here
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