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Water Headlines is a weekly publication that announces publications, policies, and activities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water.

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Water Headlines for the Week of March 25, 2014 

1) EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation's Streams and Wetlands
2) Water and Energy Nexus in Disasters Webinar Series: Coordination between Electric and Water Utilities 
3) EPA Releases Clean Water Indian Set Aside Grant Program 2013 Annual Report
4) EPA Releases the Draft FY 2015 Addendum to the FY 2014 National Water Program Guidance for Public Comment
5) 319 Success Story: Carter Run, Virginia


1) EPA Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation's Streams and Wetlands
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule. Learn more at ww2.epa.gov/uswaters.
2) Water and Energy Nexus in Disasters Webinar Series: Coordination between Electric and Water Utilities
EPA will be hosting its second of four webinars focusing on the nexus between water and energy usage during disasters from electric utilities and one speaker from the water utility who will share their experiences and recommendations for increasing coordination and communication between the two types of utilities. They will also share their lessons learned from significant storm events that impacted their utilities, including Superstorm Sandy. Register here.
3) EPA Releases Clean Water Indian Set Aside Grant Program 2013 Annual Report
EPA has released its Clean Water Indian Set Aside grant program report for 2013. Currently, 12 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native homes lack access to safe drinking water or wastewater facilities, a figure far behind the national average of less than 1 percent that lack access. This program provides funding for wastewater infrastructure to tribal communities and is administered in cooperation with the Indian Health Service. Projects are prioritized based on a community's level for need for sewage disposal systems. The types of projects typically funded include the construction or repair of septic tanks or drainfields, wastewater treatment plants, lagoons, lift stations and pipe laying projects. In 2013, the Clean Water Indian Set Aside grant program awarded $27.5 million for projects serving almost 6,700 homes in Indian Country. Learn more.
4) EPA Releases the Draft FY 2014 Addendum to the FY 2014 National Water Program Guidance for Public Comment

The draft National Water Program Guidance Addendum focuses on key changes to priorities, strategies, and measures from FY 2014. The guidance describes how EPA, states, territories, and tribal governments will work together to protect and improve the quality of the Nation's waters, including wetlands, and ensure safe drinking water. The draft guidance is available here. Public Comments may be sent to Vinh Nguyen at nguyen.vinh@epa.gov in the Office of Water by April 4, 2014.
5) 319 Success Story: Carter Run, Virginia
In 1998 the Virginia Department of Educational Quality added Carter Run to the state's Clean Water act section 303(d) list of impaired waters for violating the state's bacteria standard. To reduce bacteria loadings, various agricultural and residential best management practices were installed through a total maximum daily load implementation project supported by federal, state, and landowner funds. Implementing best management practices significantly reduced in-stream bacterial concentrations, resulting in reduced Escherichia coli violation rates. As a result, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality expects that Carter Run will be removed from the state's Clean Water Act section 303(d) list of impaired waters in the near future. Learn more.


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