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December 11, 2012

1) New Video Illustrates Nutrient Pollution Impacts to Recreation
2) EPA Releases Clean Water Indian Set Aside Grant Program Report
3) Success Spotlight: Eagle Creek, Kansas

1) New Video Illustrates Nutrient Pollution Impacts to Recreation
Nutrient pollution is one of the nation's most widespread and costly environmental problems. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus from farm and lawn fertilizer, pet and livestock waste, roads and houses, faulty septic systems, and treated sewage can turn waters green with slime and pollute waters for swimming, boating, and fishing. To help raise awareness about this growing environmental problem, EPA has released a short video to illustrate the potential impacts of nutrient pollution on recreation. The Choice is Yours: Clean or Green Water can be viewed on EPA's YouTube Channel at http://bit.ly/11yjpcd. The new video complements another EPA YouTube video, http://bit.ly/UmlQcu that provides a broad overview of nutrient pollution. Both videos are available in broadcast quality upon request. If interested, please contact: scott.patricia@epa.gov

2) EPA Releases Clean Water Indian Set Aside Grant Program Report
EPA is releasing its Clean Water Indian Set Aside Grant Program (CWISA) 2012 Annual Report. In 2012, the CWISA Grant Program awarded $29 million for wastewater treatment construction projects in Indian country, financing 87 projects that served 9,733 tribal homes; 76 percent of these projects will provide first-time access to safe wastewater services. The CWISA program provides funding for wastewater infrastructure to Indian tribes and Alaska Native Villages and is administered in cooperation with the Indian Health Service. Click here for more information and to view a copy of the report.

3) Success Spotlight: Eagle Creek, Kansas
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 Eagle Creek, Kansas. Eagle Creek flows into the John Redmond Reservoir south of the city of Hartford and the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge. Nonpoint source pollution from grazing land and cropland affected water quality in the Eagle Creek watershed, prompting the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to add the stream to the state's 1998 list of impaired waters for low levels of dissolved oxygen. The Coffey County Conservation District developed a Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy for Eagle Creek, which guided implementation of agricultural best management practices throughout the watershed, leading to improved levels of dissolved oxygen. As a result, the state has removed a segment in the Eagle Creek watershed from its 2012 list of impaired waters. Click here for more information.


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