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January 19, 2019
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2019 Focus on Change
The Focus on Change agendas have been sent out.  We hope that you have recieved your copy by now, but if not look for it to arrive soon.  If you don't want to wait, you can click here for a completed copy. 

This year's agenda includes several timely topics in the General Session and Breakout Sessions. You are encouraged to take the time to join us for what we anticipate to be a very informative Training Seminar. 

There is no charge for admittance for those not wishing to earn CEUs/PDHs, however you must pre-register as seating is limited. If you wish to receive CEUs/PDHs for the session a CEU/PDH processing fee will apply.  The 2019 CEU cycle ends on April 30, 2019, what better way to earn 0.6 CEUs! 

If you would like to register, you may click on the dates and locations on the left. Complete information is located on our website. more
National News
Mississippi Rural Water Assists Community After Flood  "Let me get my boots on, I'll be right there," Tom Abernathy said when the Shuqualak Butler Water Association called him on the Saturday a flood destroyed one of their water lines.   more

Designing an Integrated Water Quality Surveillance and Response System The final webinar in this series will provide an overview of system-level design principles for a Water Quality Surveillance and Response System.  more

America's Electric Grid Has a Vulnerable Back Door-and Russia Walked Through It (Wall Street Journal, Jan. 10)  A Wall Street Journal reconstruction of the worst known hack into the nation's power system reveals attacks on hundreds of small contractors   more

Cybersecurity may suffer as shutdown persists (Roll Call, Jan. 10)  The partial government shutdown may be making some key federal departments and agencies running with skeletal staffs more vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches, experts said.   more

Congress is Open and Working  Although the partial government shutdown is in its 27th day, Congress is still operating- and on a longer schedule than expected. more
State News
DeSantis demand for all water board members' resignations is the first one by a Florida governor | Tampa Bay Times Water experts say new governor's ultimatum is the most sweeping demand for change ever at one of the state's five water management districts. more

Overbilling, broken water meters and a class action lawsuit: City's utility is drowning | Miami Herald   On the 15th of every month for the past year, someone from the city of Opa-locka went out to 4500 NW 135th St. to read the water meter - or so the bills say. No one was ever seen actually reading the meter. more

DEP sues BS Ranch over ongoing odor issues | The Ledger  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has filed a lawsuit against BS Ranch & Farm, claiming the company has failed to fix persistent odors after numerous warnings. more

SFWMD planning for potential water shortage conditions  With a drier than average dry season so far and what are historically the driest months of the year still to come, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is hard at work planning to ensure adequate water supply amid potential water shortage conditions over the coming months. more

Senate panel briefed on septic tanks' contribution to algae outbreak Septic tanks are one of the primary triggers for toxic algae blooms throughout the state, the Senate Agriculture, Environment and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee was told Wednesday. more

Opinion: Gov. DeSantis gets taste of water board's contempt for the public | Orlando Sentinel  It was a breathtaking act of hubris when the governing board of the South Florida Water Management District insulted Ron DeSantis, two days after he won the governor's race...more

Naples Council votes to spend $1 million to improve Naples Bay water quality | Naples Daily News  The City Council unanimously approved a $1 million project to improve the water quality of Naples Bay, which has violated the state's pollution standards for years.  more

Residents, officials share wastewater spill concerns with legislative delegation | Suwannee Democrat  With a chance to address Suwannee County's state legislators Monday, several elected officials and residents expressed their concerns with the environment as well as issues with the education system in the state.  more

Stuart will spend $2 million for new system to remove contaminants from city water | TCPalm  The city is borrowing $2 million to make its drinking water safer than state and federal regulations require, according to officials.  more

Vern Buchanan praises Ron DeSantis for early environmental focus | Florida Politics  U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan applauded Gov. Ron DeSantis for focusing much of his first week on environmental issues.  more

DeSantis, Rooney take action on water quality | Lehigh Acres Citizen  Newly sworn-in Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Thursday in Bonita Springs to address the state's environmental crisis.  more

This Week in Water History
January 13, 1863:  Thomas Crapper Invents the Flush Toilet. "It's almost too perfect. A man named Thomas Crapper invents the world's first indoor one-piece flushing toilet on this day in history, and the world rejoices. The problem is, it's not true, particularly that "first" part. Crapper was instrumental in drawing the public's attention to the product in his London store, which was the world's first sink, toilet and bath showroom; but his role was more as a salesman, not inventor in this case. An article in "Plumbing and Mechanical Magazine" said Crapper "should best be remembered as a merchant of plumbing products, a terrific salesman and advertising genius."

It probably didn't hurt that Mr. Crapper was the official plumber of a few prominent members of the royal family. For instance, he handled all the plumbing and fixtures at Sandringham house, one of the Royal residences, and received Royal warrants from Edward VII and George V.  more

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