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October 10, 2012

1) WaterSense Announces 2012 Partners of the Year
2) Watershed Academy Webcast on "Using the New Water Quality Portal"
3) Webcast on Effective Utility Management and Lean at Water-Sector Utilities
4) Blog Spotlight: Iowa Soybean Farm Visit
5) Success Spotlight: Indian Creek, Illinois


1) WaterSense Announces 2012 Partners of the Year
EPA has honored five organizations as the 2012 WaterSense Partners of the Year for their outstanding efforts to help Americans save water. From developing easy-installation toilets to supporting creative consumer campaigns, these winners are on the cutting edge. Thanks to their efforts, along with over 2,600 other partners, WaterSense-labeled products have helped Americans save 287 billion gallons of water and $4.7 billion in water and energy bills. The winners of the 2012 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award are: Manufacturer Partners of the Year American Standard Brands & Kohler Co., Retailer Partner of the Year Lowe's Companies, Inc., Promotional Partner of the Year Colorado Springs Utilities, and Builder Partner of the Year KB Home. WaterSense also presented Excellence Awards to five organizations. To learn more about the 2012 WaterSense Partners of the Year and Excellence Award winners, click here.

2) Watershed Academy Webcast on "Using the New Water Quality Portal"
On October 23, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET, EPA's Watershed Academy will host a webinar for water quality managers and others to learn about the new Water Quality Portal for water quality data The portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data from EPA's Storage and Retrieval Data Warehouse and USGS's National Water Information System for scientists, policy-makers, and the public in a single, user-friendly web interface, while reducing the burden of searching, compiling, and formatting water monitoring data for analysis. EPA's Water Quality Exchange, a web-based data entry tool that enables data owners to upload their data so the public has access to the data through the new water quality portal, is also highlighted. Webcast participants can expect informational presentations, a demonstration of the portal in action, and are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance. Access the portal here. Click here to register for this free webinar.

3) Webcast on Effective Utility Management and Lean at Water-Sector Utilities
On November 8, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET, EPA will host a webcast to explore the connections between Effective Utility Management and Lean tools. Lean methods combined with the effective utility management framework have enabled water and wastewater utilities to save millions of dollars, avoid customer rate increases, improve product quality, enhance customer service, reduce energy costs and environmental pollution, and improve employee morale. The webcast will feature a brief overview of effective utility management, Lean and how to get started. The webcast will also feature two presentations from Clean Water Services and City of Pompano Beach Utilities Department, highlighting their successes using effective utility management in concert with Lean methods. Webinar slides will be posted here. Click here to register for this free webcast. For more information, contact Jim Horne at (202) 564-0571 or horne.james@epa.gov.

4) Blog Spotlight: Iowa Soybean Farm Visit
Nancy Stoner, acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Water, has blogged about her visit to a farm that recently received the 2012 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award. In the blog, Ms. Stoner credits the farm's stewardship in conservation agriculture for reducing nutrient runoff into local waterways. Click here to read the blog.

5) Success Spotlight: Indian Creek, Illinois
EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on Indian Creek, Illinois.The Indian Creek watershed is comprised of residential and agricultural areas. Municipal point sources, construction, land development, urban runoff, storm sewers, and contaminated sediments were identified as potential sources contributing to creek's water quality impairment for certain organic chemicals (endrin and methoxychlor). The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency included a 10.5-mile-long segment of the creek to its list of impaired waters which led stakeholders to implement best management practices including rain gardens and streambank restoration for erosion and urban runoff control. Water quality had since improved prompting Illinois EPA to remove the creek segment from the state's list of impaired waters in 2010. Click here for more information.

 


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