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April 23, 2012

1) EPA's National Coastal Condition Report IV Available Online
2) DEA National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day: April 28, 2012
3) EPA to Host Web Conference on the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" on May 3, 2012
4) EPA To Hold Infrastructure Operation, Maintenance, and Management Training for Tribal Water and Wastewater Operators and Leaders in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Albuquerque, N.M.
5) Blog Spotlight: Giving New Life To The Dead Zone


1) EPA's National Coastal Condition Report IV Available Online
EPA has released the National Coastal Condition Report IV, the fourth in a series of environmental assessments of U.S. coastal waters and the Great Lakes. The national coastal condition reports summarize the condition of ecological resources in the coastal waters of the United States and highlight several exemplary federal, state, tribal and local programs that assess coastal ecological and water quality conditions. This report relies heavily on coastal monitoring data provided by coastal states through EPA's National Coastal Assessment to assess coastal condition by evaluating five indicators of condition—water quality, sediment quality, benthic community condition, coastal habitat loss, and fish tissue contaminants—in each region of the U.S. The overall condition of the nation's coastal waters was rated fair for the reporting period 2003 to 2006. The report is available at: http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/assessmonitor/nccr/index.cfm

2) DEA National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day: April 28, 2012
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), with support from EPA, is sponsoring the National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day on April 28, 2012. DEA looks to build upon the success of its first three events which collected a total of 498 tons of household medications nationwide. These nationwide events provide a unified opportunity for the public to turn in expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs and other medications to law enforcement officers for safe disposal. DEA's efforts bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical substance abuse, while providing a secure and environmentally-friendly outlet for disposal that will protect our water resources.To find out more about this event and other information on how to properly dispose prescription medication, visit: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/ppcp/index.cfm

3) EPA to Host Web Conference on the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" on May 3, 2012
EPA released the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" on April 2, 2012 for a 45-day public comment period. As part of ongoing efforts to continue the public outreach process, EPA is hosting a web-based conference on May 3, 2012, 3 to 5 p.m. EDT. This web conference will provide an opportunity to pose clarifying questions to EPA on aspects of the draft 2012 Strategy document prior to the end of the public comment period on May 17, 2012. For more information on the draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" and how to participate in the web conference, visit http://water.epa.gov/scitech/climatechange/2012-National-Water-Program-Strategy.cfm.

4) EPA To Hold Infrastructure Operation, Maintenance, and Management Training for Tribal Water and Wastewater Operators and Leaders in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Albuquerque, N.M.
From May 2 through 4, EPA will be sponsoring a training workshop in Oklahoma City, Okla., for federally- recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Villages to help increase participants' skills and knowledge in how to better operate and manage wastewater and drinking water systems. The training is intended for water system operators, wastewater system operators, tribal utility managers, tribal council members and leaders involved with water utility management. There is no registration fee for the workshop, but Tribes and Alaskan Native Villages that received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will be given registration priority. To register, please go to: http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/tribaltraining/tcourse1_2012.cfm.

This training is part of a series of such training sessions that EPA is sponsoring throughout the country. An additional training session is scheduled for Albuquerque, N.M., May 15 through 17. For questions about the training, please contact Leon Latino by e-mail at latino.leon@epa.gov or by phone at (202) 564-1997; or Matthew Richardson by e-mail at richardson.matthew@epa.gov or by phone at (202) 564-2947.

5) Blog Spotlight: Giving New Life To The Dead Zone
John Senn, Deputy Communications Director for EPA's Office of Water, blogged about his recent trip to Tennessee in joining the meeting of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force in addressing the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone and his visit to a farm that demonstrated efficient water use and nutrient pollution control on site. Mr. Senn notes the work continuing to address nutrient pollution, such as excess nitrogen and phosphorus, going into the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico. To read the blog, visit: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/04/giving-new-life-to-the-dead-zone/.

 


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