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January 15, 2013

1) Webinar on New Recreational Criteria to Better Protect Public Health Set for January 30
2) Climate Ready Estuaries Releases 2012 Progress Report and Related Publications
3) Success Spotlight: Buttahatchee River, Mississippi


1) Webinar on New Recreational Criteria to Better Protect Public Health Set for January 30
Join us for a free Watershed Academy webinar to learn about EPA's new recreational water quality criteria on January 30, 2013, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST. EPA recently recommended new recreational water quality criteria for states that will help protect peoples' health during visits to beaches and other recreational waters year-round. The science-based criteria provide information to help states improve public health protection by providing similarly protective recommendations for both marine and fresh waters, encouraging early alerts to beachgoers and promoting rapid water testing. The new criteria do not impose any new requirements; instead, they are a tool that states can choose to use in setting their own standards. Visit www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts to register for this webinar and to view the webcast presentation which will be posted in advance. Webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance.

2) Climate Ready Estuaries Releases 2012 Progress Report and Related Publications
EPA has released its Climate Ready Estuaries 2012 Progress Report, Lessons Learned from the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: New England Climate Ready Estuaries, and Climate Change Risk Management: CRE Adaptation Projects and the Risk Management Process. The progress report describes program accomplishments and the new National Estuary Program projects started during 2012, with 2008-2011 project information to show how climate change adaptation will help to meet clean water goals. The lessons learned document highlights the results and "lessons learned" from the nine Climate Ready Estuaries projects in New England while the risk management publication examines how Climate Ready Estuary projects illustrate and support using the risk management paradigm for climate change adaptation. Click here for the materials and more information.

3) Success Spotlight: Buttahatchee River, Mississippi
EPA's Clean Water Act Section (CWA) 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on Buttahatchee River, Mississippi. Animal waste from livestock and wildlife, as well as failing septic systems, contributed to the increased presence of fecal coliform bacteria in the river. As a result, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality placed a 29-mile segment of the Buttahatchee River on its list of impaired waters in 1998. Using CWA section 319 and matching funds from partnering agencies, project partners installed 59 best management practices on 4,702 acres within the watershed, including pasture and hay land planting, stabilization of heavy-use areas, prescribed grazing, nutrient management practices, livestock exclusion fencing and water trough installation . Bacteria levels declined and now meet water quality standards, prompting Mississippi to remove the segment from its list of impaired waters in 2012. Click here for more information

 


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