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September 25, 2012

1) Watch Administrator Jackson Deliver Keynote at WEFTEC on October 1
2) EPA Releases Alaska Native Villages Program 2012 Annual Report
3) Enhanced AQUATOX Model Now Available Online
4) Second EPA Administrator Leaves Legacy of Service and Commitment to Nation's Clean Water Protections
5) EPA Launches Revamped Septic Website

 

1) Watch Administrator Jackson Deliver Keynote at WEFTEC on October 1
On Monday, October 1 at 11:30 a.m. ET, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will be the keynote speaker in New Orleans at Water Environment Federation's Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC®). Administrator Jackson will discuss the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and the role of innovation and technology in the future of water resources. The keynote will be streamed live and can be viewed here.

2) EPA Releases Alaska Native Villages Program 2012 Annual Report
EPA is releasing its Alaska Native Villages Program 2012 annual report. The report highlights the significant impacts that the program is having in Alaskan native and rural villages by providing first-time access to drinking and wastewater infrastructure, while improving public health and the environment, and creating jobs. Since its inception in 1996, the program has provided over $470 million in grant funding to help Alaskan native and rural villages address their basic water and sanitation needs through facility construction, training, and technical assistance. Collaborating with federal and state partners, EPA has targeted the most underserved communities. Between 1996 and 2011, EPA funds supported more than 600 projects while the percent of rural Alaskan homes with drinking water and wastewater service grew from 50 percent to 92 percent. Click here for more information.

3) Enhanced AQUATOX Model Now Available Online
EPA has released an enhanced version of AQUATOX, a simulation model for aquatic systems, for use by water quality practitioners. AQUATOX simulates ecological processes and effects over time, specifically multiple environmental stressors, to help identify and understand the cause-and-effect relationships between chemical water quality, the physical environment and aquatic life. AQUATOX Release 3.1 is enhanced with better water chemistry analysis, expanded data management, graphics, and statistical analysis options. Accompanying this enhanced model are new technical notes that provide guidance on data requirements for AQUATOX and an annotated bibliography of publications about AQUATOX, plus training materials adapted from recent 3-day workshops. Click here to download the model and view related materials.

4) Second EPA Administrator Leaves Legacy of Service and Commitment to Nation's Clean Water Protections
Russell E. Train, the second Administrator of EPA has passed away on September 17, 2012. The former Administrator led the Agency from 1973 to 1977 during the passing of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the initial implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Ellimination System, which protects our nation's waters. He also was the first chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and served long tenures as president and chairman of the World Wildlife Fund. Click here to read more about Russell Train.

5) EPA Launches Revamped Septic Website
Nearly one in four households in the U.S. depends on an individual septic system or small community cluster system to treat their wastewater. EPA has recently revamped its septic website to better serve homeowners, state and local officials, industry professionals, and its partner organizations. The website includes a suite of new case studies demonstrating what communities across the country are doing to effectively manage their decentralized wastewater infrastructure and find solutions to meet their own unique wastewater infrastructure needs. Click here to view the case studies of individual and clustered wastewater management programs and here to view the new website.

 


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