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December 14, 2018
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FRWA Announces 2019
Focus On Change Dates

The Florida Rural Water is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2019 thirty-ninth Focus on Change Seminars.  The final agenda is still in the final approval stages and will be released in the very near future.  For now you can make your plans to attend and register by clicking on the links below.

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National News
What's Next with AWIA? Now that America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) is on the books, what next steps can/will/need to be taken to get the implementation ball rolling? more

Trump plans major Clean Water Act rollback  
The Trump administration on Tuesday initiated the biggest rollback of Clean Water Act protections since shortly after the statute became law in 1972, proposing to remove federal pollution safeguards for tens of thousands of miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands. 

House and Senate Pass 2018 Farm Bill The National Rural Water Association's 31,000 water and wastewater system members would like to thank Chairman Roberts, Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Stabenow, Ranking Member Peterson and their staffs for crafting the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act (HR 2).  more

Rural Water Policy Advisory NRWA Representative Wilmer Melton Participates at EPA National Drinking Water Advisory Council. more

Trump signs measure keeping U.S. government open until Dec. 21 (Reuters, Dec. 7) President Donald Trump signed a budget extension on Friday that will keep the U.S. government open for two more weeks, according to the White House. more

USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 46 States (USDA, Dec. 4)  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $1.2 billion (PDF, 509 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states. more

EPA, USDA Encourage Use of Market-based and Other Collaborative Approaches to Address Excess Nutrients (USDA, EPA, Dec. 4) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been working for decades to reduce nutrient losses from agricultural lands and improve water quality.  more

'Better than before': Puerto Rico's recovery is nearly complete  Hurricane Maria did a job on El San Juan Hotel, the storied property in Puerto Rico where Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli once crooned.  more

WRF names Peter Grevatt as new chief executive officer   The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has named  Dr. Peter Grevatt as Chief Executive Officer, effective in February 2019.  more
State News
Tons Of South Florida Sewage Finds Its Way Into St. Johns River To 'Devastating Effect' | WJCT Over the past decade nearly 90,000 tons of sewage sludge have been trucked up from South Florida and dumped into the St. Johns River watershed and conservationists say it's having a devastating effect.  more

City will proceed with lagoon dredging | The Star  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is providing Port St. Joe commissioners no real choice. more

Septic-to-sewer grant concerns Soundside Dr. residents | Gulf Breeze News No one on Soundside Drive will be forced to switch from septic-to-sewer service when the county begins the conversion process using RESTORE BP fine money for the project. more

SFWMD launches water incentives supporting efficiency program to reduce water use  The Southwest Florida Water Management District has developed a new conservation program to incentivize utilities, institutions and commercial water users to reduce their water use. more

What would Miami build with $58 million the city wants to borrow? Here's the list  A re-imagined waterfront along flood-prone Brickell Bay Drive. Renovated playgrounds in Overtown and Allapattah. Upgrades to nearly four miles of some of the worst roads in Miami. more

DeSantis transition panel weighs water issues Brian Mast, who served with DeSantis in Congress and chairs his environmental transitional committee, said after the meeting he expects the governor-elect to "reweigh the scales" when it comes to Big Sugar's influence in Florida. more

Hurricane costs could drench Florida's budget Florida's budget will face increased pressure from the impact of Hurricane Michael, a new report reviewed Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee showed.  more

Water main break rains onto rush hour traffic and leads to boil-water advisory | Sun Sentinel  It was a water main break disguised as a car wash more

A glimpse of Hurricane Michael | Goldendale Sentinel When Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, it left Panama City in complete shambles. more 

Panel will consider environmental issues for governor-elect | Associated Press  A 40-member panel is considering potential environmental policies for Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis. more

Flagler officials, residents make legislative requests | Daytona Beach News-Journal Elected officials and private citizens sought help Friday from state legislators serving Flagler County, making a variety of policy and funding requests during an annual public gathering.  more

Opinion: Lessons from hurricanes bode poorly for our future | Post and Courier The end of the 2018 hurricane season is a good time to take a step back and see what we've learned from recent storms.  more

Governor-elect Ron Desantis' Environmental Transition Team Meets | WFSU The group advising Governor-elect Ron Desantis on environmental issues met Monday for the first time. Members focused on water quality and supply. more

Haines City to see water rate increase | The Ledger  Haines City residents will soon see a 12 percent increase in their water and sewer bills.  more

Farm Hill Utilities Rescinds Boil Water Notice For Large Part Of System | North Escambia  Farm Hill Utilities in Cantonment has rescinded a boil water notice that was in place for a large part of their system due to a water main break.  more

St. Petersburg has spilled 2 million gallons of wastewater in the last three months | Tampa Bay Times  Nearly 230,000 gallons of wastewater spilled from a tank Monday at one of the city's water treatment plants. more
This Week in Water History
December 10, 1910:  Municipal Journalarticle- Snow Removal by Sewers. One of the important conclusions of the snow cleaning conference, which are given in this issue, was the advisability of placing snow in the sewers as a means of removal. But it seems to us that it should have been explicitly stated that only clean snow should be placed in the sewers; and this generally means freshly fallen snow. The amount of dirt of ail kinds which accumulates on snow is about as great as-often greater than-that which would accumulate on the street in the same time; and to shovel in snow two, three or even six days after the beginning of the storm (when street cleaning ceased) is no more justifiable than to throw into the sewers the combined street sweepings of that number of days, including the sticks, barrel hoops and other large and heavy articles which will be found in many snow banks.  more

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