40 Years of Safe Drinking Water
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Act was passed to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking water supply. We have made great progress over the past 40 years, but many challenges remain. EPA is committed to working with states, tribes, water sector partners and the public to meet the challenges ahead and protect public health.
Visit the EPA’s website to learn more about how the Safe Drinking Water Act came into being as well as to find educational resources and more!
King Tide – October 8
“Extreme high tides, or “king tides”, occur at a few specific times during the year when the moon is closest to the Earth. During these high water events, we can see what the average water levels might look like in the future, given projected sea level rise.” from The King Tides Project
Since the sea level has risen about 9 inches since the turn of the last century this is adding to this phenomenon. We are seeing flooding in certain areas unrelated to rain events, simply because of these high tides.
October 8th is the King Tide for the fall.
The King Tides Project invites people to visit the shoreline and capture images of important places threatened by sea level rise. If you take pictures of the king tide near you, please upload them to assist scientists in understanding better how sea level rise will affect specific areas. http://kingtides.net/participate/test-submit-form/
Learn more about king tides at kingtides.net
Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit
The 6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit was held on October 1 & 2. The annual Summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and other partners. The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on facilitating climate-related collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Summit attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia and the non-profit community to exchange ideas and dialogue at panel discussions and networking breaks.
The 2014 theme, “Regions Connect → Global Effect” resonates soundly with the Compact, which has been advancing policy and catalyzing action locally and regionally, as well as connecting and collaborating with other communities throughout the nation and the world.
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Drinking Water Week Winners!
The City of West Palm Beach is proud to be an active participant of the American Water Works Association’s annual Drinking Water Week. This year, we held an exciting artwork competition for our students answering a very important question; What does water mean to me?
Parents/teachers were limited to verbal assistance only to allow the children be creative in their free-hand original artwork.
Teachers submitted the top 5 drawings from their classroom.
Criteria for Judging: creativity, use of color, and how well the artwork expressed how water is essential to their daily lives. Spelling counts.
Congratulations to our 1st place winners!
Argelinda Pena-Vasquez, Grade 2. Belvedere Elementary- Teacher: Stacey Montoya
Aspen Johnson, Grade 4. Northboro Elementary- Teacher: Megan Noel
Edgar Sastre Martinez, Grade 5. Northboro Elementary. Teacher: Megan Noel. Period 1
Emeli Solis-Valesquez, Grade 5. Megan Noel. Northboro Elementary. Teacher: Megan Noel. Period 3