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EPA – CORRECTION: EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed 2020 MSGP

On April 21, 2020, EPA extended the public comment period for the proposed 2020 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for 30 days until May 31, 2020. Since then, EPA received several comments that May 31, 2020 is in fact a Sunday. Therefore, per federal regulations at 1 CFR §18.17, EPA will accept comments through the next business day, Monday, June 1, 2020. The docket has been updated to reflect this administrative correction. Comments can be submitted on www.regulations.gov for docket ID # EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0372 (https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0372). 
For more information, visit EPA’s Industrial Stormwater website: https://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater-discharges-industrial-activities.  
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EPA – “Creating the Water Workforce of the Future” Webinar Series

“Creating the Water Workforce of the Future”Webinar Series
Utility Workforce Diversity Programs Utility leaders across the country are embracing the opportunity to develop a more diverse workforce that is representative of the communities they serve. The benefits of a more diverse workforce are can be realized by both and smaller utilities alike. Please join EPA and our partners to learn about the benefits two utilities are seeing every day as a result of their commitment to diversity in the workforce. 
Jennifer Zuchowski from Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) in St. Paul, Minnesota will describe various diversity programs underway to train and hire women electricians.
Howard Carter and Stacy Thompson from the Saco Maine Wastewater Treatment Plant in Saco, Maine will describe how focusing on employee development has enabled their organization to attract and retain a diverse workforce. 
Moderated by Jim Horne, U.S. EPA.
Schedule and RegistrationJune 23, 2020 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern TimeRegister Here 
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SWFWMD – District Declares Phase I Water Shortage in Central and Southern Regions

You are subscribed to Southwest Florida Water Management District. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.District Declares Phase I Water Shortage in Central and Southern Regions

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to declare a Phase I Water Shortage for the District’s central and southern regions, which include Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

The primary purpose for a Phase I water shortage is to alert the public that watering restrictions could be forthcoming. The order also requires local utilities to review and implement procedures for enforcing year-round water conservation measures and water shortage restrictions, including reporting enforcement activity to the District.

A Phase I water shortage order does not change allowable watering schedules, however it does prohibit “wasteful and unnecessary” water use. 

The District considers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public water supplies when deciding to declare a water shortage order – that means, restricting the amount of water the public can use. 

The District has worked diligently with our partners to implement water conservation programs and develop alternative water supplies. Even though we are experiencing drought conditions, there is still an adequate water supply available to the public.

Florida’s dry season runs October through May and April is historically one of the driest months of the year. The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information on our website at WaterMatters.org/Conservation.

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FDOT – Transportation Symposium 2020

Transportation Symposium 2020

Has been converted to the Transportation Symposium Webinar Series (Virtual format)

In an effort to continue to keep staff and our industry partners up-to-date with DOT policies, procedures and best practices we will be developing and implementing the Transportation Symposium Webinar Series, which will be providing weekly Symposium sessions starting June 9, 2020.  PDH credits will be offered for the live version of the webinar.   The recorded version will be posted to view at a later date.  

For schedule and updates, please visit the website

https://transportationsymposium.fdot.gov/

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EPA – Effective Utility Management (EUM) Roadmap Webinar: Taking the Next Step Toward Sustainability

Effective Utility Management (EUM) Roadmap Webinar: Taking the Next Step Toward Sustainability
EUM is based on the Attributes of Effectively Managed Utilities endorsed by EPA and a host of national water Associations. Utilities around the country have used the Effective Utility Management (EUM) framework to do an initial assessment of their current performance and move toward becoming fully sustainable using the EUM Primer.
This webinar will help utilities take the next step beyond the basic EUM assessment and identify and implement proven and effective practices, using a guide called Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap and implement proven and effective management practices at their utility. Build on the results of the initial EUM Assessment Show participants how to conduct an in-depth assessment of specific utility management practices based on the EUM Attributes Equip participants to use the EUM Roadmap at their utility to determine which management practices can help them improve their performance  Learn from examples of other utilities that have utilized and implemented the Roadmap
“The EUM Roadmap is a powerful tool to help utilities take the next step in becoming fully sustainable and meet the needs of their communities.”—Jim Horne, Sustainable Utilities Program Manager, U.S. EPA 
Schedule and RegistrationJune 16, 20201:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern TimeRegister Here 
Webinar AgendaIntroductions & Workshop ObjectivesImplementation of Effective Practices   Overview of Effective Utility ManagementUtility “Self-Assessment” ExerciseOverview of EUM Roadmap Implementation Experience Overview of the Three Business LevelsQ&A Session   
ABOUT NPDES The NPDES permit program addresses water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to waters of the United States. Created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program is authorized to state governments by EPA to perform many permitting, administrative, and enforcement aspects of the program.
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You are subscribed to Southwest Florida Water Management District. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.Lower Your Monthly Water Bill for Water Conservation Month While You Shelter at Home

We’re halfway through Water Conservation Month, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) encourages citizens to do their part to save water in and around their homes. 

While we shelter at home to stay safe, here’s more water saving tips to lower your monthly water bill and save hundreds of gallons of water:

  • Ensure rain sensors are operating properly. Irrigating during or after significant rainfall is a major cause of outdoor water waste and can cost you money.
  • Check that all irrigation spray nozzles, or sprinklers, are irrigating areas efficiently and effectively. Inspection and maintenance should be done regularly.
  • Upgrade existing irrigation controllers to SMART technology, which can reduce irrigation use by up to 23% and put more money back in your pocket.
  • Switch to WaterSense labeled products including indoor showerheads, bathroom facets and toilets to save hundreds of gallons of water a week.
  • Consider updating appliances like dishwashers and washing machines to Energy Star rated products. This can significantly cut back your water use.

For more information about water conservation, please visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/Conservation.