February 18, 2021
SRWMD RIVER Cost-Share Application Deadline April 15
Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on April 15, 2021
The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has developed a cost-share program to assist county governments, municipalities, water supply authorities, and other interested entities with a cost-share program for projects that enhance or address the District's core mission of managing water supply, water quality, flood protection, and natural systems. The Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER) cooperative funding program provides an opportunity to obtain cost-share funding for projects that foster the District's core mission.
The RIVER Application and Guidance documents are now available on our website: RIVER Cost Share Program

Applications must be submitted to the District by 5:00 pm on APRIL 15, 2021. The application is an online form. Projects that were submitted previously that did not receive a cost-share agreement will need to be submitted on the new form for consideration in this funding cycle.

Please review our RIVER Funding Guidance prior to completing the application. 

Please note that If the Applicant is a local government, the local government will be required to provide a copy of the adopted Year-Round-Water-Conservation-Shortage-Ordinance or Code prior to signing a Cost-Share Agreement with the District. more

Water systems grappling with severe winter weather Many water systems in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and elsewhere are struggling to maintain access to water amid severe winter storms, which have led to service interruptions and freezing pipes. Water systems serving about 7 million people in Texas have issued notices to boil water or stop usage. more

Grassroots advocates across the country commit to advocating in Congress The Rally starts our annual grassroots campaign to persuade Congress to fund all Rural Water priorities. more

Texas Rural Water Clarifies Recent Federal District Favorable 1926(b) Texas Rural Water clarified that, “one of its member water systems scored a preliminary victory when a federal district court issued a temporary restraining order against the Texas PUC from decertifying a portion of their service area due to the likelihood of success on the merits under the Fifth Circuit’s new ‘physical ability’ test.” more

Federal Appeals Court Stays Final Decision to Set a Perchlorate Drinking Water as Biden EPA Reviews Trump Decision Not to Regulation A federal appeals court has stayed environmentalists’ challenge of the Trump EPA’s decision to forgo setting an enforceable drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate, granting the Biden EPA’s request for a pause to give new agency leaders time to review the case in accordance with a new environmental executive order. more

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Lightning hits Broward’s main water pump, leaving thousands under boil-water order | Sun Sentinel Thousands of homes have been under a boil-water order in Broward County for more than a day after lightning struck the county’s main water pump in Pompano Beach. more

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City officials say Quincy infrastructure is secure | WGEM The critical infrastructure systems in the city of Quincy are safe and secure. more

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This Week in Water History
Detroit Sewer Gas Explosion
February 12, 1914 Municipal Journal article. Damaging Sewer Gas Explosion. “Detroit. Mich.-An explosion of gas in the 18th street sewer has sent manhole covers flying skyward, torn up pavements, shattered windows, and wrecked outbuildings in the western part of the city. The district affected covered a dozen or more blocks. No one was seriously injured, but there were scores of narrow escapes from death as the heavy pieces of iron and paving blocks fell back to the ground. Damage to pavements is estimated at $25,000, while the loss to private property probably will exceed that amount.”

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