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August 21, 2012

1) EPA Works to Advance Wetlands Conservation through Ramsar Convention
2) EPA to Hold Webinar on Public Health and Environmental Perspectives for Sustainable Decentralized Wastewater Management
3) Videos Available Online--Utilities Helping Utilities: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies
4) Blog Spotlight: It's All About Connections


1) EPA Works to Advance Wetlands Conservation through Ramsar Convention
The 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands--an intergovernmental treaty that addresses conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources--concluded in Bucharest, Romania in July. EPA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of State, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. National Ramsar Committee Chair advanced a number of resolution negotiations and moved global wetland conservation forward in topics including energy, climate change, agriculture, sustainable development, tourism, health, and wetland loss. Several working groups will undertake efforts in the coming years to improve the functioning of the convention and focus on enhancing wetlands conservation implementation around the world. For more information, contact Kathleen Kutschenreuter at Kutschenreuter.Kathleen@epa.gov, or click here.

2) EPA to Hold Webinar on Public Health and Environmental Perspectives for Sustainable Decentralized Wastewater Management
On August 23, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT, EPA will present a webinar highlighting state government and community practices that protect public health and address sustainable decentralized wastewater management. Public health officials, those in academia, product manufacturers, services and maintenance companies, and installers are encouraged to participate. Decentralized wastewater treatment systems can protect the environment, public health, and water quality in homes and communities by providing reliable and effective wastewater treatment, and mitigate contamination and health risks associated with wastewater. Click here to register. Contact Maureen Tooke at (202) 564-1162 or tooke.maureen@epa.gov. Click here for more information.

3) Videos Available Online--Utilities Helping Utilities: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies
EPA has released two videos to promote mutual aid and assistance for utilities that respond to and recover from emergencies.The Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) is a network of utilities helping utilities that shares resources during an emergency. The WARN initiative background video provides an overview of WARN and the current status of WARNs across the United States, while the WARN "tabletop exercises" video describes the benefits, key issues and lessons learned from discussion-based workshops centered on hypothetical scenarios. Click here for the videos and for more information on WARN.

4) Blog Spotlight: It's All About Connections
Reginald Parrish, urban programs coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay program, blogs about the Anacostia River, the community's perspective and connecting community priorities to river restoration. Click here to read the blog.

 


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