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Week of February 14, 2011

  1. EPA’s Office of Water Welcomes Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner
  2. EPA Awards $600,000 Targeted Watershed Grant to River Network
  3. EPA Seeks Applications to Support the National Tribal Water Council
  4. EPA Expands and Enhances WCIT: A Robust Tool for the Water Sector
  5. Technical Assistance and Support for Environmental Laboratory Coordination

EPA’s Office of Water Welcomes Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner

Nancy Stoner, who has been serving as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since February 2010, began her new position this week as the Acting Assistant Administrator for Water.

Ms. Stoner’s extensive career in environmental policy and law began in 1987 as a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  Following her time at the Department of Justice, she served as Director of the Office of Policy Analysis in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the EPA where she contributed to the development of EPA’s environmental auditing and self-disclosure policies. Most recently Ms. Stoner served as the Co-Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Water Program. As the Director, she was responsible for supporting the development of sound environmental policies and practices to protect water resources under the Clean Water Act. Among her many responsibilities, Ms. Stoner spearheaded NRDC’s work to clean up the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. These efforts included facilitating the use of green infrastructure and low-impact development measures that reduce stormwater flows and sewer overflows into the Anacostia.  Ms. Stoner is a 1986 graduate of Yale Law School and a 1982 graduate of the University of Virginia.

EPA Awards $600,000 Targeted Watershed Grant to River Network

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $600,000 to River Network to engage communities and increase citizen connection, understanding, and stewardship of urban waterways. This award was made through the Targeted Watershed Grants Program and is an Urban Watershed Capacity Building Grant.

The goal is to support a new urban waters restoration movement by building highly capable organizations that are self-sustaining and can carry out programs to protect human health and the environment. The urban waterways in many communities are compromised landscapes, impacted by various sources of pollution and often neglected and ignored. This capacity building grant will provide local organizations, tribal and local governments with skills and techniques to protect their urban waterways and promote more vibrant, economically sustainable communities.

EPA initiated the Targeted Watersheds Grant Program in 2002 to encourage successful community-based approaches to protect and restore the nation's watersheds. Watershed health is important to providing clean, safe water where Americans live, work and play.  Since 2003, more than $50 million has been provided to 61 organizations through EPA Targeted Watersheds Grants.

More information about the announcement: http://www.epa.gov/twg

EPA Seeks Applications to Support the National Tribal Water Council

EPA anticipates making approximately $880,000 available through a cooperative agreement to provide support for the National Tribal Water Council (NTWC).  The NTWC was established in 2006 through a cooperative agreement with EPA, and during the last four years has operated to increase tribal awareness and expertise on a wide variety of issues related to the quality of tribal water resources, watersheds, drinking water, and the health of tribal communities.  The NTWC, comprised of tribal government co-regulators with water program expertise, provides a unique platform to facilitate and enhance tribal participation, input, training and information exchange among tribes, and between tribes and EPA, on water resources and quality.

EPA anticipates awarding a cooperative agreement to continue support to the NTWC for another four years, and assist in developing and completing products in coordination with the NTWC on issues related to ground, surface, and drinking water quality from a tribal perspective.

Questions from prospective applicants about the competitive opportunity must be received before March 28, 2011, and applications must be received by April 11, 2011.

More information about the announcement:  http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/tribal

EPA Expands and Enhances WCIT: A Robust Tool for the Water Sector

EPA is announcing a major expansion and additional enhancement of the Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT). WCIT is a secure, on-line database profiling chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants of concern for drinking water and wastewater utilities. The Agency has now added a compendium of 700 new contaminants with details on more than 212 analytical methods. EPA has also completed enhancements of the WCIT search feature. Expanding the range of data in WCIT enables water utilities, public health officials and federal, state and local agencies to better plan for and respond to an “all-hazards” contamination incident. Registering for WCIT is easy and free.  To apply for access to WCIT, please visit http://www.epa.gov/wcit

Technical Assistance and Support for Environmental Laboratory Coordination

EPA has awarded a cooperative agreement to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) to provide technical assistance and support necessary to coordinate preparedness activities of the environmental laboratory (lab) sector.  APHL will work with EPA to organize conferences and workgroups, disseminate information, provide technical assistance through training opportunities, and develop a communication plan that promotes the leveraging of resources in the environmental lab sector.  EPA will continue to work with all stakeholders in the lab community to further develop and expand the capacities of the environmental lab sector.  For more information about how to get involved, please visit http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/secres/wla.cfm


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