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June 11, 2012

1) EPA's Stormwater Pollution Prevention Webinar Series: Stormwater, Coal-Tar Sealcoat, and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons on June 14, 2012
2) WaterSense 2011 Annual Accomplishments Announced
3) Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Exercise Report Posted Online


1) EPA's Stormwater Pollution Prevention Webinar Series: Stormwater, Coal-Tar Sealcoat, and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons on June 14, 2012
EPA's Office of Wastewater Management will be kicking off a series of webinars to highlight efforts to reduce pollutants in stormwater through controlling these pollutants at their sources. On June 14, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. ET, EPA will host the first webinar in this series, which will cover the topic of "Stormwater, Coal-Tar Sealcoat, and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons." The webinar will present information on the prevalence of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) from coal-tar-based sealcoat in the environment, and its environmental and human health impacts. The webinar will also cover actions taken to address PAHs by a state and a city. To register for this webinar, please go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/245273552. For more information, visit: www.epa.gov/npdes/training.

2) WaterSense 2011 Annual Accomplishments Announced
WaterSense, an EPA partnership program that helps Americans protect the nation's water supply by offering people simple ways to save water, is announcing its 2011 program accomplishments. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense-labeled products have helped Americans save $4.7 billion in water and energy bills and 287 billion gallons of water. That amount of water could supply all the homes in Georgia or Arizona for a year.
WaterSense-labeled products have also saved 38.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity since 2006 by reducing the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water. That's the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 3.6 million homes for a year. With this energy savings, WaterSense has helped eliminate 13 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of planting nearly 350 million trees.
WaterSense owes this success to the more than 2,600 utility, government, nonprofit, manufacturer, retail, distributor, builder and irrigation partners who joined with EPA to help promote the WaterSense label and spread the word about the importance of water efficiency. To see the 2011 WaterSense program accomplishments report, visit: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/about_us/milestones.html.

3) Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Exercise Report Posted Online
EPA has posted online a report on the "Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness ToolExercise with North Hudson Sewerage Authority and New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program." The report documents the methodology used and the outcomes of the exercise so that other water utilities and National Estuary Programs could conduct a similar exercise of their own as drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities fulfill their public health and environmental missions.

This report is a product of an EPA-facilitated exercise, joined by EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative and Climate Ready Estuaries program to support watershed partners, such as the National Estuary Programs, by using the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) to help collaboratively identify climate change threats, assess potential consequences, and evaluate adaptation options at the utility and in the estuary.

EPA is supporting similar projects with the Morro Bay National Estuary Program in California and the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program that covers North Carolina and Virginia, and will provide additional information about these projects when they are completed. To access the report and for more information on the Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative, visit http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/climate/index.cfm  

 


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