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November 20, 2012

1) Webinar on "How's My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps" on November 28
2) EPA Launches SepticSmart, Promoting Homeowner Care and Maintenance of Septic Systems
3) EPA Releases Draft Model Program to Assist State Septic Programs in Managing Water Quality Impacts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
4) WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities Available Online
5) Webcast on Planning for Sustainability on December 13


1) Webinar on "How's My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps" on November 28
EPA's Watershed Academy will present "How's My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps" on November 28, 2012, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST. These new apps have great potential to let users quickly lea rn about waterways anywhere. The How's My Waterway? app and website helps people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. It uses mobile device location or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The webcast will also highlight the SwimGuide app which helps users find the closest beach and provides beach status information and the Riverview app which allows picture and information-sharing of rivers and their conditions. Click here to register for the webinar.

2) EPA Launches SepticSmart, Promoting Homeowner Care and Maintenance of Septic Systems
EPA has launched SepticSmart, a national program to promote proper septic system care and maintenance by homeowners. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 25 percent of U.S. households-more than 26 million homes-and almost one-third of new developments are serviced by septic systems. When properly maintained and used, these systems serve to effectively treat and dispose of wastewater. Unfortunately, septic system back-ups and overflows can lead to costly homeowner repairs and can pollute local waterways, creating a risk to public health and the environment. SepticSmart aims to educate homeowners about proper daily system use and the need for periodic septic system maintenance. SepticSmart also provides industry practitioners, local governments and community organizations with tools and materials to educate their clients and residents. To learn more, visit: http://www.epa.gov/septicsmart

3) EPA Releases Draft Model Program to Assist State Septic Programs in Managing Water Quality Impacts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
As part of EPA's effort to collaborate with state and local partners in promoting nitrogen reductions from onsite systems, EPA has released a draft Model Program for Onsite Systems Management in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for public comment. The draft provides technical information regarding the elements of a model program for onsite wastewater treatment systems, incorporating key recommendations to effectively and efficiently manage nitrogen treatment systems. EPA is seeking public comment on the draft model program by December 28, 2012. Development of the draft model program is part of the Agency's efforts to implement Executive Order 13508 on Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration, issued on May 12, 2009, which renewed federal commitment to restoring and protecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Click here for more information.

4) WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities Available Online
EPA's WaterSense program has created WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities, a compilation of best management practices to help commercial and institutional facilities better manage their water use through efficient practices and products. Building owners and managers can significantly reduce their water use, energy requirements, and operating costs by understanding how to use water more efficiently in their facilities. America's commercial and institutional facilities use 17 percent of the water provided by the nation's public water supplies, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. WaterSense at Work addresses water use in educational facilities, offices, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, laboratories, and other organizations and presents numerous tactics for businesses and organizations to achieve water, energy, and operational savings, as well as case studies on different types of facilities that have achieved savings by using water efficiently. Click here for more information.

5) Webcast on Planning for Sustainability on December 13
On December 13, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EST, EPA will host a webinar on how water and wastewater utilities can build sustainability considerations into alternatives analysis as they evaluate and select investments in infrastructure. The webinar is the third in a series of Agency webcasts built around the core elements of its 2012 handbook, "Planning for Sustainability: A Handbook for Water and Wastewater Utilities." The webinar will feature presentations on how utilities in Beaverton, Oregon, and Carrboro, North Carolina, have addressed sustainability in their analysis of alternatives. For more information, contact Jim Horne at (202) 564-0571 or horne.james@epa.gov. Click here to register for the free webcast. Click here to view presentations from past webinars in the series or to download a copy of the handbook.

 


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