CEUs from Tampa Bay Training

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Tampa Bay Training now offers CEUs for its FDOT Maintenance of Traffic/Temporary Traffic Control and FDEP Florida Stormwater, Erosion & Sedimentation Control Inspector Training classes.

Feel free to let us know how we can help. 813.420.5891 or executive@trainingbypete.com

FCCMA Presentation – Working with your UF/IFAS Extension Office – April 6, 2023

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Working with your UF/IFAS Extension Office April 6, 2023 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
ICMA Practice Areas: 4, 6, 8 and 14
Program Summary:The University of Florida is one of two land grant universities in the State of Florida and one of the nation’s top five public universities. With 67 offices in every county in Florida, UF/IFAS provides educational resources and support to citizens, organizations and public institutions across the state. This webinar will provide attendees with greater knowledge of the resources available to you locally through your Extension office and how to access the services of the University and how your municipality can access these services provided by the University to improve the quality of life for your residents.
Panelists: Pete Cavalli, Founder/Principal, Tampa Bay Training Jp Gellermann, Director, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension
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APWA – National Public Works Week | May 21 – 27

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The American Public Works Association sponsors National Public Works Week.  This year, May 21 through May 27, is the time to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve everyday quality of life.

APWA encourages public works agencies and professionals to take the opportunity to make their stories known in their communities.  The National Public Works Week How-to-Guide and Downloads area are available to assist in the development and implementation of their own individual celebrations.  The occasion is marked each year with scores of resolutions and proclamations from mayors and governors.  Please show your agency’s pride in providing a copy of the proclamation at the Florida Chapter Annual Meeting and Expo for posting at the booth.  You may bring your copy to the Expo or email to Carsey Patrick at cmps99@hotmail.com or your district representative of the local branch.
The Florida Chapter Annual Meeting and Expo is April 18-20, 2023.  Early Bird registration still available so hurry and sign up to attend.  http://florida.apwa.net/  https://npww.apwa.net/

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NPDES News – Small MS4 Urbanized Area Clarification: Withdrawal of Direct Final RuleNPDES News:

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Small MS4 Urbanized Area Clarification:Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
EPA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that, effective today, it is withdrawing the direct final rule ‘‘NPDES Small MS4 Urbanized Area Clarification,’’ published on December 2, 2022. The withdrawal was necessitated by the receipt of an adverse comment prior to the close of the comment period. EPA will respond to the adverse comment received as part of any final action it takes on the parallel proposed rule that the Agency published under the same title on December 2, 2022. As stated in the direct final rule and the parallel proposed rule, EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action. 

Background  On December 2, 2022, EPA published in tandem a direct final rule and a parallel proposed rule in the ‘‘Rules’’ section of the Federal Register under the same title, NPDES Small MS4 Urbanized Area Clarification. Both the proposed rulemaking andthe separate direct final rule would have made the same clarification to the Phase II regulations. Both actions were limited to clarifying that EPA would retain the existing threshold for automatic designation of small MS4s for regulation under the Phase II stormwater permitting regulations.

These actions would have made a narrow set of changes to EPA’s regulations in order to clarify that the designation criteria for regulating small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), which has been used since the promulgation of the regulations in 1999, would remain the same. Clarifications are necessary because of the Census Bureau’s recent decision to discontinue its practice of publishing the location of “urbanized areas” along with the 2020 Census and future censuses.   As stated in the Federal Register Notice for the direct final rule, “…if EPA receives adverse comment in response to either publication, the Agency will publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register informing the public that the direct final rule will not take effect. EPA would then address public comments as required as part of any subsequent final rule based on the proposed rulemaking.” EPA received two public comments, one of which was an adverse comment.  

For any questions related to this announcement, please contactHuddle.Heather@epa.gov. Do not respond directly to this e-mail, as this inbox is not monitored.
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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FEMA Seeks Feedback on Achieving Equitable Recovery Guide

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FEMA is seeking feedback on the draft “Achieving Equitable Recovery: A Post-Disaster Guide for Local Officials.” The open comment period will end on March 15.

The guide is organized around eight goals focused on approaches to engaging and identifying the needs of all community members and ensuring a more accessible, inclusive and equitable recovery planning process.

FEMA will host a 60-minute webinar session at 10 a.m. ET on March 13 to provide an overview of the draft guide and gather feedback from whole community partners. The sessions will include facilitated discussions with stakeholders to help improve the existing draft. 

For more information about the webinars and to access the draft Equity Guide and related documents, visit FEMA.gov.

FEMA Seeks Feedback on Hazard Mitigation Documents 

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FEMA is seeking public feedback on nine Hazard Mitigation resource typing documents. These resource typing documents include two National Incident Management System-typed Hazard Mitigation teams for operations and planning and seven positions that make up the teams. This 30-day national engagement period will conclude at 5 p.m. ET on March 16. 

To provide comments on the draft documents, complete the feedback form and submit the form toFEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.