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June 4, 2012

1) EPA and Department of Veterans Affairs to Connect Veterans with Jobs in Water Sectors
2) Landscape Irrigation Controllers Earn the WaterSense Label
3) Register for Webcast on Section 319 Agricultural Nonpoint Source Success Stories


1) EPA and Department of Veterans Affairs to Connect Veterans with Jobs in Water Sectors
EPA and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program announced a memorandum of understanding to connect veterans with disabilities to career opportunities in the water and wastewater sectors -- such as at wastewater plants and drinking water facilities -- as part of EPA's Water Sector Workforce Initiative. The agreement allows EPA and VA to connect qualified veteran employees with staffing needs at water and wastewater utilities. EPA and the VA will work with water utilities, states and local VA counselors to promote water sector careers and resources for finding water jobs for veterans as well as educational programs to help veterans transition into careers in water industries.

There is a wide spectrum of water sector careers that veterans could be qualified for, including engineering, laboratory and water science, operations and maintenance, management and administration, communications, and public education. The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program further supports veterans for the water workforce by providing necessary accommodations and additional training as needed.

More on EPA's Water Sector Workforce Initiative: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/sustain/ws_workforce.cfm

More about VA connecting qualified veterans with employer needs: http://www.vetsuccess.gov/

2) Landscape Irrigation Controllers Earn the WaterSense Label
The first outdoor irrigation technology has earned the WaterSense Label. Home and business owners will now be able to look for the WaterSense label to identify water-saving landscape irrigation controllers that will provide ample irrigation for healthy plant growth while preventing waste and over-watering. WaterSense-labeled controllers operate like a thermostat for your sprinkler system, telling it when to turn on and off based on local weather data. Properly installed and programmed WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers can significantly reduce water waste, provide convenience, and meet plants' water needs while supporting a healthy landscape. They have the potential to provide home and building owners across the country 110 billion gallons of water savings and roughly $410 million in savings per year on utility bills.

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/products/controltech.html

3) Register for Webcast on Section 319 Agricultural Nonpoint Source Success Stories
Join EPA for a free Watershed Academy Webcast titled "Section 319 Agricultural Nonpoint Source Success Stories" on June 14, 2012, 1 -3 p.m. Eastern. The Section 319 Clean Water Act Nonpoint Source Management Program was established 25 years ago by the 1987 Amendments to the Clean Water Act to address nonpoint source pollution, or diffuse sources of pollution such as runoff. Under Section 319, states, territories and tribes receive grants that support a wide variety of activities including technical assistance, financial assistance, education, training, technology transfer, demonstration projects, monitoring, and other activities. This webcast will highlight agricultural nonpoint source success stories from Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin. For information on current Section 319 Nonpoint Source Success Stories see http://www.epa.gov/nps/success. This webcast is part of our series of Watershed Academy Webcasts in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

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

 


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