Daily Archives: August 15, 2011

FY2011 Technical Assistance Grants to Small And Rural Water Systems from USEPA

Some people argue that because USEPA sets the regulations, it should also provide technical assistance to communities to meet those regulations. Such technical assistance has been done, in part, through grants to nonprofit organizations. The letter below explains why the Agency could not issue technical assistance grants in FY 2011.

Having worked in and seen the drinking water field in just about every capacity, I’ve concluded that the best long term strategy is for drinking water (the SDWA) to be completely removed from USEPA and given to a new or existing public health agency.  USEPA has simply become an activist  litigation agency, with drinking water serving as the political wedge (see prior post here).  

Naegleria fowleri infections are fatal

Naegleria is a microscopic amoeba (single-celled living organism). One particular species (Naegleria flowleri) can cause a very rare, but severe, infection of the brain.

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Naegleria fowleri enters the brain via the nasal cavity. It can be found in lakes and rivers, although its prevelance is a matter of speculation. It typically causes a fatal infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

Amebic meningoencephalitis due to Naegleria fowleri. (Source: CDC)

Click here for an article about a case in Florida.

Click here for an article about a case in Virginia.

Click here for CDC information on Naegleria.