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July 24, 2012

1) EPA Provides $950,000 to Help 17 Communities Use Green Infrastructure to Improve Water Quality
2) Blog Spotlight: Wade In and Cast Your Vote for the 2012 Winners of the Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest
3) Blog Spotlight: Green Infrastructure in New York's Onondaga County
4) Success Spotlight: Muddy Creek, Virginia


1) EPA Provides $950,000 to Help 17 Communities Use Green Infrastructure to Improve Water Quality
EPA is providing $950,000 to help 17 communities expand the use of green infrastructure to improve water quality and benefit communities. The EPA funding is intended to increase incorporation of green infrastructure into stormwater management programs and will support work such as review of local development and stormwater policies, cost benefit assessments, and the development of design guidance.  EPA is awarding the technical assistance across 16 states to communities ranging in type, size, and climate zone. Some communities-like Beaufort, South Carolina and Neosho, Missouri-are small towns in urban growth areas interested in preserving their high quality waters. Others, such as Camden, New Jersey and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are large cities interested in adding green infrastructure into their redevelopment projects to restore degraded urban waters and help revitalize their communities.   Click here for more information.

2) Blog Spotlight: Wade In and Cast Your Vote for the 2012 Winners of the Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest
Kathy Sykes, a senior advisor at EPA's Office of Research and Development, blogged about her experience with the Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest this year in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. In the blog, Ms. Sykes calls for members of the public to cast ballots to help select winners of the contest. Click here to read the blog

3) Blog Spotlight: Green Infrastructure in New York's Onondaga County
Nancy Stoner, acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Water, blogged about one of EPA's "model communities" in Onondaga County, NY for green infrastructure which she recently visited. In the blog, Ms Stoner cites examples, such as green rooftops and rainwater harvesting, that help to slow down pollution to Onondaga Lake. Click here to read the blog.

4) Success Spotlight: Muddy Creek, Virginia
EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on Muddy Creek, Virginia, which is in an agricultural watershed in Rockingham County, approximately 15 miles northwest of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Nutrients from agriculture and failing septic systems increased levels of nitrate-nitrogen in Virginia's Muddy Creek, exceeding the state's water quality standard. As a result, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality added an approximately two-mile segment of the creek to the state's list of impaired waters in 1998. Project partners worked with landowners to implement numerous residential and agricultural best management practices, including installing livestock exclusion fencing, planting buffers, as well as some soil conservation practices, which over time brought nitrogen levels in the creek into compliance with the water quality standards. As a result, the state removed this segment of Muddy Creek from its list of impaired waters for nitrate-nitrogen in 2010.  Click here for more information on this story.

 


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