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September 11, 2012

1) Registration Open for Campus RainWorks Challenge
2) EPA Awards $15 Million to Assist U.S. Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems
3) EPA Awards $1.5 Million to Universities for Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Methods
4) Public Meeting on Consumer Confidence Report Delivery on October 1
5) Webinar for Environmental Education Regional Grants on September 26


1) Registration Open for Campus RainWorks Challenge
EPA is now registering student teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in its new design competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge. Participating teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. To compete, student teams, working with a faculty advisor, must submit design plans for a proposed green infrastructure project on their campus. Winning entries will be announced in April 2013, and winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500 to $2,500, as well as $8,000 to $11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. To be considered, teams must register by October 5 and submit their entries by December 14. Click here to learn more and register. Click here to read the blog about the competition.

2) EPA Awards $15 Million to Assist U.S. Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems
EPA has awarded nearly $15 million to provide training and technical assistance to small drinking and wastewater systems - those serving fewer than 10,000 people - and to private well owners. The funding will help provide training and tools to improve small system operations and management practices, promoting sustainability and supporting EPA's mission to protect public health and the environment. Awards include nearly $7 million to the National Rural Water Association and nearly $3 million to the Texas Engineering Extension Service, $2.5 million to New Mexico Environmental Finance Center, $2 million to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, and $500,000 to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership. Many small systems face challenges in providing reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations, including a lack of financial resources, aging infrastructure, management limitations and high staff turnover. Click here for more information.

3) EPA Awards $1.5 Million to Universities for Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Methods
EPA has announced almost $1.5 million in funding to three universities to develop sustainable drinking water treatment methods. The research grants are funded through EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. These grants, which supplement last year's grants to eight other universities, are intended to provide innovative treatment methods to protect people's health by keeping harmful contaminants out of drinking water. The grantees are: University of Florida, Gainesville and University of South Florida, Tampa; Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y; and the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2010, EPA announced a new drinking water strategy to strengthen protections against contaminants in drinking water and promote cost-effective new technologies to meet the needs of communities across the country struggling with water challenges. The research sponsored by these grants will help satisfy the key goals of this strategy. Click here for information on the grants.

4) Public Meeting on Consumer Confidence Report Delivery on October 1
EPA is identifying opportunities for improving the effectiveness of the methods used to communicate drinking water information to the public while lowering the burden on water systems and states. On October 1, EPA will present its analysis of potential electronic delivery approaches for providing Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR)--annual water quality reports that community water systems are required to provide to their customers each year. The reports include information on regulated contaminants found in the drinking water, as well as health effects information related to drinking water standards violations. Participants may present oral comments during the meeting, or submit written comments with supporting information until October 11, 2012. Click here to register until September 26, 2012, or earlier if the meeting room capacity is reached. Public comments may be submitted to: ccrretrospectivereview@epa.gov or through EPA Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2012-0035 via http://www.regulations.gov. Click here for more information.

5) Webinar for Environmental Education Regional Grants on September 26
EPA's Office of Environmental Education has published a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Environmental Education Regional Model Grants Program. The Environmental Education Regional Model Grants Program supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions towards the environment. On September 26, EPA will be hosting a webinar for potential applicants interested in clarifying information about the RFP and the application process. Questions can be submitted up to two business days prior to each webinar/call to EEGrants@epa.gov A consolidated list of the questions will be answered on the calls and/or on the Frequently Asked Questions page. Click here for more information.

 


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