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December 21, 2018
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WARN Video Helps Debunk Myths
Taking a lighthearted approach, EPA has developed a video that takes a look at some of the myths that surround the WARN program (Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network).  State security coordinators should take a look and then share the video with their water systems and assistance providers who may work with folks who still are unsure about the value of WARN.

To view the video, click here.  Click this link for more information about mutual aid and assistance through WARN programs.
National News
NRWA STATEMENT ON ENACTING THE AGRICULTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2018  The National Rural Water Association's (NRWA) 31,000 water and wastewater system members applaud President Trump for signing H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 on December 20th, 2018.   more

Farm Bill Passage: 'It's a Big Deal for Rural America' (House Ag Committee, December 12) House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) applauds the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, securing a big win for farmers, ranchers and rural America.  more

Statement of Secretary Perdue on Passage of the Farm Bill (USDA, December 12)  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today hailed the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.  more

5 natural disasters that devastated the U.S. in 2018  The nation saw multiple, unprecedented natural disasters this year, from the deadliest wildfire in California's history to the worst hurricane to hit the East Coast since 1969.  more

Texas water industry faces looming workforce shortage As a generation of water and wastewater operators near retirement in Texas, it could become more difficult to provide safe drinking water and to protect state waterways from pollutants, experts say.  more

U.S. EPA Initiates Study on Nutrient Removal at Publicly Owned Treatment Works The United States Environmental Protection Agency wants to hear from you.  more

Sunshine After the Storm: Coping After a Natural Disaster  The definition of a natural disaster is any catastropic event that is caused by nature or the natural processes of the earth.   more

Bill seeks $50 million to identify PFAS in U.S.  A bipartisan Congressional bill introduced by a pair of Michigan legislators would dedicate $50 million to finding sites across the United States that may contain PFAS. more

Americans use 1.7 trillion gallons of water per year showering  That's 33.6 billion gallons of water per week.  more

Lessons from hurricanes bode poorly for our future | Item 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

Mast, Rubio Ask for Help to Pevent the Corps from Delaying EAA Reservoir | Sunshine State News Congressman Brian Mast and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio raised urgent concerns Thursday with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, R. D. James, over an Army Corps of Engineers proposal that would "disregard clear congressional intent" and delay the review of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) Post Authorization Change Report (PACR) by more than a year. more
State News
NWFWMD Region II Regional Water Supply Planning - Informational Meeting The Northwest Florida Water Management District completed the 2018 Water Supply Assessment Update, and on December 13, 2018, the NWFWMD Governing Board determined that the Region II (Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties) Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) should continue. more

ARWA Provides Emergency Response in Florida Emergency Response Assistance to Water & Wastewater Utilities in Florida Caused by Hurricane Mike. more 

Desantis" transition team says water is a priority   Members of Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis' transition team on the environment and agriculture agreed Monday the state's ecological problems are based on dirty water. more 

Gulf Coast State College students use thermal imagery to detect storm damage  WPTV West Palm Beach  Hurricane Michael caused extensive damage to many structures across the Panhandle leaving people to repair their roofs or get entirely new ones. more

South Florida Water Management District approves 2 major water storage projects The South Florida Water Management District approved two new water storage projects on the Treasure Coast that are designed to help prevent future algae blooms in the St. Lucie Estuary. more

Northwest Florida Water Management District launches online tools for hurricane assessment, recovery Sarasota Herald-Tribune  The Northwest Florida Water Management District has launched a web application to help the public view the agency's damage assessment from Hurricane Michael. more

Frostproof to seek $700,000 grant for water WJAX Jacksonville Among the many things in Frostproof needing repair, citizens and public officials agreed on improving the water system as its top priority.  more

Authority settles litigation over future Peace River withdrawals | Herald Tribune Polk Water Cooperative agrees to drop legal challenge. more

Holley Navarre Water System members Archives | Navarre Press  All eight candidates for Holley Navarre Water System's (HNWS) Board of Directors were asked about their qualifications and the water system's future.  more

DEP Designates Wakulla Springs State Park as State Geological Site  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection today designated Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park as the newest State Geological Site. more

Cocoa Beach receives honorable mention in prestigious environmental program Stormwater/Streetscape Improvements project received an honorable mention in Performance and Innovation in the State Revolving Fund Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) Program in November 2018. more

As PFAS lawsuits proliferate, legal tactics emerge Individuals, utilities, and states seek monetary compensation for chemical pollution of water supplies. more 

City moves forward with spray field purchase | Washington County News  In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Chipley City Council approved $1,747,000 to purchase a 485-acre property to dispose of its effluent water.  more

Mulberry company begins accepting tons of sludge | The Ledger Sludge, anyone?  A Mulberry waste disposal company has started accepting 30,000 tons of sludge with elevated levels of arsenic from a contaminated site in Fort Myers.  more

Withlacoochee may be contaminated after another Valdosta sewage spill | Suwannee Democrat Florida Department of Health in Hamilton and Madison counties issued a joint health advisory Monday to residents and visitors near the Withlacoochee River in north Florida. more

WATER QUALITY: 'Aging infrastructure is a big deal everywhere' | Walton Sun  Much of Okaloosa County's water and sewer infrastructure is decades old but in better shape compared to many other parts of the United States, says county Water and Sewer Department Director Jeff Littrell.  more
This Week in Water History
December 20, 1987:  New York Times headline-Bill Provides Funds for Water Studies. "A $549 MILLION ground-water protection bill recently passed by the House would pay for two research projects designed to prevent the contamination of water supplies in New Jersey coastal areas with vulnerably sandy soil.

Underground drinking-water supplies near the Shore, from Hudson County to Delaware Bay, are especially susceptible to contamination from leaking gasoline tanks or leaching dump sites because of the porous nature of the soil.   more

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