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May 7, 2012

1) EPA to Work with Drinking Water Systems to Monitor Unregulated Contaminants
2) Principles for an Energy/Water Future Document Available
3) Register for Webcast on "USDA's NIFA-CEAP Watershed Synthesis: Lessons Learned"
4) Webcast Series for Water and Wastewater Utilities on June 12, 2012
5) EPA Celebrates Drinking Water Week


1) EPA to Work with Drinking Water Systems to Monitor Unregulated Contaminants
EPA has published a list of 28 chemicals and two viruses that approximately 6,000 public water systems will monitor from 2013 to 2015 as part of the agency's unregulated contaminant monitoring program, which collects data for contaminants suspected to be present in drinking water, but that do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

EPA will spend more than $20 million to support the monitoring, the majority of which will be devoted to assist small drinking water systems with conducting the monitoring. The data collected under the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 3 (UCMR 3) will inform EPA about the frequency and levels at which these contaminants are found in drinking water systems across the United States and help determine whether additional protections are needed to ensure safe drinking water for Americans. State participation in the monitoring is voluntary. EPA will fund small drinking water system costs for laboratory analyses, shipping and quality control.

For the full news release: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/9725165167f237b1852579f1007176e7!OpenDocument

2) Principles for an Energy/Water Future Document Available
EPA has drafted Principles for an Energy Water Future. EPA encourages all stakeholders – including government, utilities, private companies and ratepayers – to consider these principles and incorporate them into their work.

The principles are familiar concepts: water and energy efficiency, a water-wise energy sector, an energy-wise water sector, viewing wastewater as a source of renewable resources, integrated resource planning, and maximizing social benefits. EPA hopes that having them listed in one document that touches upon all aspects of energy and water's interdependency will help to further raise awareness, stimulate discussion and advance progress.

To read the principles visit, http://water.epa.gov/action/energywater.cfm.

For more information, contact Bob Rose at rose.bob@epa.gov

3) Register for Webcast on "USDA's NIFA-CEAP Watershed Synthesis: Lessons Learned"
Join EPA for a free Watershed Academy Webcast, titled "USDA's NIFA-CEAP Watershed Synthesis: Lessons Learned" on May 15, 2012 1-3 p.m. Eastern to hear about some important lessons learned from USDA's Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in partnership with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service established university-led watershed-scale research and extension projects in support of the USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). CEAP addresses USDA's need to quantify the effects and benefits of agricultural conservation practices.

This webcast will highlight a study led by North Carolina State University to analyze and synthesize key lessons learned from 13 of these watershed-scale projects on cropland and pastureland. The goal of CEAP Watersheds is to better understand how the suite, timing, and spatial distribution of conservation practices influence their effect on local water quality outcomes. The NIFA study also evaluated social and economic factors that influence implementation and maintenance of practices, as well as education critical to transferring knowledge to farmers, ranchers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve practice effectiveness.

This webcast will also highlight linkages between USDA's CEAP project and EPA's Section 319 Nonpoint Source Program. Most of the 13 watersheds studied in the analysis also have 319 projects.

To register for this webcast, please visit: www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts

4) Webcast Series for Water and Wastewater Utilities on June 12, 2012
EPA has scheduled the first in a series of webcasts built around the core elements of its February 2012 handbook, "Planning for Sustainability: A Handbook for Water and Wastewater Utilities." Effective planning is essential for utilities to sustainably manage their operations and ensure that water infrastructure investments are cost-effective over their life-cycle, resource-efficient, and support other relevant community sustainability goals. The handbook describes a series of core elements and steps that water and wastewater utilities can take to incorporate sustainability considerations into existing planning processes.

The webcast on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT, will provide an overview of the handbook and include perspectives and examples from two utility managers that were involved in its development. The webcast is free to participants. Please register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/519632424. For more information, contact Jim Horne, EPA's Office of Wastewater Management, at (202) 564-0571 or horne.james@epa.gov

5) EPA Celebrates Drinking Water Week
The week of May 6 – 12 marks the celebration of Drinking Water Week, a time when EPA and its partners celebrate our nation's vital drinking water resources. Safe drinking water relies on all of us. We must do our part to be informed and involved in our communities to protect our drinking water. EPA has developed a website with more information on what you can do around your home and within your community to protect your drinking water, ways to become involved in matters affecting the quality of your drinking water, and much more.

To find out what you can do, go to: http://water.epa.gov/drink/drinkingwaterweek

 


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