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Popular with small community officials, citizens, maintenance and inspection personnel, and community educators, each quarterly issue of Pipeline focuses on a single wastewater topic and presents it in an easy-to-read format.
- Summer: Phosphorus and Onsite Wastewater Systems
Phosphorus discharged from onsite wastewater treatment systems is usually not considered to be a problem. However, in some locations phosphorus from these systems has contributed to undesirable algal blooms in lakes and streams.
- Summer: Minimizing Nitrogen Discharges from Onsite Wastewater Systems
Reducing the amount of nitrogen released from onsite wastewater systems has become a controversial issue in certain parts of the U.S. In some locales, property owners are being encouraged or even required to add nitrogen-reducing systems to new and existing septic systems. This Pipeline examines nitrogen in the environment and provides specific suggestions for reducing nitrogen in onsite wastewater systems.
- Summer: Buying or Selling a Home with an Onsite Wastewater System
The simple words "with septic" can spell trouble for someone trying to sell their home and be intimidating for a prospective buyer. If you are selling a house that uses a septic system for its wastewater treatment, or you are thinking of buying a house that uses such a system, there are things both parties need to know to make the transaction go smoothly.
- Winter: Residential Runoff—Slow It Down, Keep It Clean
The rain and snow that flows away from your home and property has great potential for adversely affecting your community's source water. According to the most recent National Water Quality Inventory, runoff from urbanized areas is the leading source of degradation to all water. As one of the earth's caretakers, there are steps you can take to help reduce these effects. This issue of Pipeline discusses how building rain gardens and using rain barrels can help slow the flow. Recommendations for keeping stormwater runoff from picking up contaminants from your property are included.
- Spring: Protecting Your Source Water—Volunteers Help Get the Job Done
As small communities begin work on their source water protection projects, they should consider recruiting volunteers, not only for their muscles but for their new ideas. This issue provides tips for recruiting environmental volunteers and suggestions for getting the most out of their assistance.
- Winter: Source
Water Protection for Local Officials
This issue explains how a community should use its source water assessment plan to protect its most valuable asset—its drinking water sources. Included is a list of funding agencies for source water and wellhead protection programs. A case study is presented that details the efforts of a rural New Hampshire town to protect the water quality of a neighboring lake from failing septic treatment systems.
- Summer 08:
Septic Systems and Source Water Protection
This issue can help homeowners improve their communities water quality.
- Spring/Summer 07:
Quality Control for Homeowners
This issue helps homeowners give some thought to quality control during installation of their treatment system, which can save them a lot of future headaches.
- Winter 07: Pharmaceuticals
and Personal Care Products: An Overview
This issue discusses how PPCPs may get into the environment and how they may affect it. It also includes a centerfold poster from the U.S. EPA Origins and Fate of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products.
- Fall -Watershed Management: An Overview
- Summer -First Aid for a Flooded Septic System
- Spring -EPA's Voluntary Management Guidelines: Models 4 and 5
- Winter -EPA's Voluntary Management Guidelines: Models 1, 2, and 3
- Fall -EPA's Voluntary Management Guidelines—An Overview
- Summer -Aerobic Treatment Units: An Alternative to Septic Systems
- Spring -Alternatives to Gravel Drainfields
- Winter -Drainfield Rehabilitation
- Fall -Maintaining Your Septic System—A Guide For Homeowners
- Summer -Septic Systems—A Practical Alternative for Small Communities
- Spring -The Disinfection Question—Answers for Onsite Systems
- Winter -The Attached Growth Process
- Fall -Septic Tank Enhancements
- Summer -High-strength Flows—Not Your Average Wastewater
- Spring -Explaining the Activated Sludge Process
- Winter -Preparing for the Unexpected: An Assessment Process for Small Wastewater Systems
- Fall -Alternative Dispersal Options
- Summer -How to Keep Your Water "Well"
- Spring -Soil Characteristics: Demystifying Dirt
- Winter -Graywater: Safe Reuse and Recycling
- Fall -Paying for Onsite System Management
- Summer -Gravelless and Chamber Systems
- Spring -Planning is Essential for Successful Onsite System Management
- Winter -Water Softener Use Raises Questions for System Owners
- Fall -Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems
- Summer -Alternative Toilets
- Spring -Site Evaluations
- Winter -Evapotranspiration
- Fall -Funding Sources Available for Wastewater Projects
- Summer -Mounds
- Spring -Infiltration and Inflow Can Be Costly
- Winter -Spray and Drip Irrigation for Wastewater Reuse, Disposal
- Fall -Managing Biosolids in Small Communities
- Summer -Constructed Wetlands
- Spring -Inspection Equals Preventative Care for Onsite Septic Systems
- Winter -A Homeowner's Guide to Onsite system Regulations
- Fall -Basic Wastewater Characteristics
- Summer -Sand Filters
- Spring -Lagoon Systems
- Winter -Choose the Right Consultant for Your Wastewater Project
- Fall -Alternative Sewers
- Summer -Wastewater Treatment Protects Small Community Life, Health
- Spring -Management Programs Can Help Small Communities
- Winter -Home Aerobic Units