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July 9, 2012

1) Nutrient Pollution Educational Materials Online
2) Success Spotlight: Pierceville Run, Pennsylvania -- Restoring Stream Channel and Riparian Areas Improves Pierceville Run

1) Nutrient Pollution Educational Materials Online
To help raise awareness about nutrient pollution, which is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water, EPA has developed new educational materials, including:

- Community Outreach Toolkit—designed to assist watershed groups, NGOs, states, and federal partners with messaging and outreach to the media about nutrient pollution. - Nutrient Pollution Video—aims to raise awareness about nutrient problem, the first step in addressing and reducing the problem.

- Postcard/Poster—shows a before and after photo of Lake Erie to illustrate the impacts of nutrient pollution.

- Future Farmers of America Curriculum—EPA worked with several other federal agencies on lesson plans for young farmers about source water protection and management practices that can help control runoff to protect surface and groundwater.

You can access the first three and other materials at http://water.epa.gov//polwaste/nutrientoutreach.cfm. Use the "share this" button under the postcard to share it on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The curriculum can be directly found at https://www.ffa.org/FFAResources/ffalearn/sourcesofdrinkingwater/Pages/nosolicit.html.

2) Success Spotlight: Pierceville Run, Pennsylvania -- Restoring Stream Channel and Riparian Areas Improves Pierceville Run
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 Pierceville Run, Pennsylvania.

Originating just north of the Maryland/Pennsylvania border, Pierceville Run flows through an agricultural watershed and is designated for cold-water fishery support. Sediment in runoff impaired Pennsylvania's Pierceville Run and its tributaries, prompting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to add about 10 miles of watershed streams to the state's list of impaired waters in 2002. In lower Pierceville Run, project partners stabilized a degraded portion of stream channel and restored riparian forest buffers while restricting livestock from the stream and riparian areas. Water quality improved in the restored section, allowing the state to remove a 1.65-mile-long segment of the Pierceville Run from the list of impaired waters in 2012.

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


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