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News Releases - 2009

National Water Program Research Strategy Released to Advance and Broaden Research Partnerships

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its National Water Research Strategy to engage a broader range of researchers in meeting the challenges of protecting and improving our nation's water resources. The strategy identifies and promotes the research needs of EPA's national water program to potential partners.

The strategy outlines the water program's four research priorities: healthy watersheds and coastal waters, safe drinking water, sustainable water infrastructure and water security. Each priority also focuses on five technical areas: aquatic life health effects, human health effects, method development, occurrence and exposure, and treatment technologies and effectiveness.

The objective of the strategy is to diversify the science the water program uses to develop its regulatory and non-regulatory water management tools and decisions. Expanding the science base will expedite the production of the needed tools and help achieve faster and better-quantified water quality outcomes.

For more information go to: www.epa.gov/waterscience/strategy

Posted December 23, 2009


EPA Seeks Applications for Environmental Community Grants

EPA CARE Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making $2 million available in 2010 to reduce pollution at the local community level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources, including those found in water. Since 2005, the grants have reached 68 communities in 34 states and territories. A recent evaluation by the National Association of Public Administration (NAPA) recognized the CARE program as a solid tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders.

EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in two levels. Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities. Level II awards, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 each, will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining.

Examples of projects that received grants include addressing waste and storm water issues in Kennett, Mo.; reducing air and water pollution in Holyoke, Mass.; addressing water pollution from coal slurry in Wheeling, W.Va.; reducing radon and other indoor air pollutants in Pueblo, Colo.; and tackling the problem of hazardous waste materials and open dumping in Toksook Bay, Alaska.

Applications for the CARE grants are due March 9, 2010. EPA will conduct three Webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on Feb. 2, 23, and 26, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. eastern time.

Read more information about the grants at: www.epa.gov/care/

Posted December 23, 2009


EPA Launches "Water Is Worth It" Facebook Page

On December 9, the The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water (EPA-OW) launched a new Facebook page, titled: "Water Is Worth It" to provide a public forum to share information, encourage discussion, and raise awareness about the value of our water and water—related resources.

EPA will be regularly posting information and discussion topics, which Facebook users can have delivered to their virtual door by becoming a "fan" of the page. You can reach the page via the link given below, and we encourage all to post and interact as we discuss and learn about our nation's water and water infrastructure—and the many ways that Water Is Worth It!

View the page at: www.facebook.com/EPAWaterIsWorthIt

Posted December 16, 2009


Guidance Released to Help Federal Facilities Better Manage Stormwater

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued guidance to help federal agencies minimize the impact of federal development projects on nearby water bodies. The guidance is being issued in response to a change in law and an Executive Order signed by President Obama, which calls upon all federal agencies to lead by example to address a wide range of environmental issues, including stormwater runoff.

Under the new requirements, federal agencies must minimize stormwater runoff from federal development projects to protect water resources. Federal agencies can comply using a variety of stormwater management practices often referred to as "green infrastructure" or "low impact development" practices, including reducing impervious surfaces, using vegetative practices, using porous pavements and installing green roofs.

EPA is using sustainable techniques for reducing the effects of stormwater runoff at its facilities, such as using rain gardens and cisterns to capture and reuse stormwater as well as installing a 3,000 square foot green roof in its laboratory in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

More information on the guidance: www.epa.gov/owow/nps/lid/section438/

Posted December 16, 2009


Fall Issue of On Tap Magazine Now Online

The Fall issue of our popular magazine On Tap magazine is now available online. The magazine informs people about: technical, financial, operations and maintenance, management, source water protection, and health issues relevant to small drinking water systems. Highlights:

Read the latest issue of On Tap