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April 30, 2012

1) Find Local Fish Advisories with EPA's Improved Online Tools
2) EPA Celebrates American Wetlands Month
3) Blog Spotlight: Challenges and Opportunities in San Juan Bay
4) Success Spotlight: Fall River, Kansas -- Cooperative Watershed Management Improves Dissolved Oxygen Levels in River


1) Find Local Fish Advisories with EPA's Improved Online Tools
Are you a recreational fisher and want to learn about fish consumption advisories in your area? Do you work in a fish advisory program at the state, territorial, tribal or local government level? EPA has made available three redesigned, interactive online search and mapping tools that allow users to perform more advanced searches of fish advisory and fish tissue data in the National Listing of Fish Advisories database, most recently reported data from 2010. The search tools include a "where you live" basic search for advisories issued for water bodies in the state and local area and two advanced interactive maps and searches for  technical users to obtain more detailed information. 

To access the tools, visit EPA's updated fish consumption advisories website at: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/fishshellfish/fishadvisories/. For questions about these new online EPA tools, contact Jeff Bigler at (202) 566-0389 or bigler.jeff@epa.gov.

2) EPA Celebrates American Wetlands Month
May marks the 21st anniversary of American Wetlands Month, a time when EPA and its wetland partners across the country celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to our nation's ecological, economic, and social health. EPA and a host of other public and private partners are planning a number of events as part of this year's celebration:

  • May 10 – the Environmental Law Institute, EPA, and other federal partners will honor a diverse group of individuals for their extraordinary commitment to conserving wetlands at the National Wetlands Awards ceremony on Capitol Hill (http://www.nationalwetlandsawards.org)
  • May 15 – National webinar: "Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration" where representatives from Restore America's Estuaries will give an overview of a newly-released study linking ecologically important coastal habitat restoration with adaptation and mitigation strategies as a way to reduce the impacts of ongoing global climate change. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/592039530.

EPA regional activities planned for the month of May include educational displays, discussions, presentations, special feature articles, wetland walks and celebrations, and an array of other outreach and communication events. Information will be posted throughout the month at: http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/awm/.

EPA has also created an American Wetlands Month widget which can easily be shared and embedded on other websites linking to EPA's American Wetlands Month website (http://tinyurl.com/3935qyh)

Contact Kathleen Kutschenreuter (202) 566-1383 for more information.

3) Blog Spotlight: Challenges and Opportunities in San Juan Bay
Nancy Stoner, acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Water, blogged about the challenges and opportunities she witnessed during a visit to San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico. In the blog, Ms. Stoner observes the attraction of new eco-tourism businesses in some areas, and efforts to address stormwater and sewage concerns though activities such as mangrove planting and education. To read the blog, visit: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/04/challenges-and-opportunities-in-san-juan-bay/.

4) Success Spotlight: Fall River, Kansas -- Cooperative Watershed Management Improves Dissolved Oxygen Levels in River
EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. Success stories are posted at: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/success319/. This week's success spotlight shines on Fall River, Kansas.

Grazing land or grassland is the predominant land use in the Fall River watershed. Low levels of oxygen and fecal coliform bacteria affected water quality in the upper Fall River watershed, prompting the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to add the river to the state's 1998 list of impaired waters for low levels of dissolved oxygen. In cooperation with the local Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy Upper Fall River Project, project partners in Greenwood County implemented several agricultural best management practices throughout the watershed. As a result, river monitoring data collected between 2000 and 2011 showed that water bodies in the upper Fall River watershed now meet the state's water quality standards, and the department has removed nearly 144 miles of streams in the upper Fall River watershed from the 2010 list of impaired waters for dissolved oxygen impairment.

For more information on this story, visit: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/success319/ks_fall.cfm.

 


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