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January 29, 2013

1) EPA Announces Call for Presentations for 2013 EPA Community Involvement Training
2) EPA Stormwater Pollution Prevention Webinar: Road Salt Pollution Prevention Strategies
3) Updated Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Available for Download
4) Updated Version of Consequence Analysis Software Tool Now Available
5) EPA releases Coastal Wetland Review Reports


1) EPA Announces Call for Presentations for 2013 EPA Community Involvement Training
Conference EPA is seeking presentation and training proposals for the 13th EPA Community Involvement Training Conference, July 30 - August 1, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. This three-day conference seeks to inform and train EPA staff as well as Agency stakeholders and partners in best practices to enhance community involvement. The conference features plenary sessions with guest speakers, topical discussions, multiple 90-minute information sessions, and dozens of engaging and interactive training sessions. Additionally, there will be field trips demonstrating effective community involvement and cooperative conservation efforts in the Boston area, a poster session, exhibits, a technology demonstration area showcasing new tools, technology, and software, and a variety of networking opportunities. In 2011, the conference brought together more than 450 community involvement practitioners. Visit http://www.epa.gov/ciconference/index.htmfor more information. Conference presentation and training proposals are being accepted through February 22, 2013 and details can be found at http://www.epa.gov/ciconference/cfp_instructions.htm.

2) EPA Stormwater Pollution Prevention Webinar: Road Salt Pollution Prevention Strategies
On January 31, 2013, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET, EPA will hold a webinar on the topic of road salt. The application and storage of deicing materials, most commonly salts such as sodium chloride, can lead to water quality problems for surrounding areas. The webinar will present information on the impacts of road salt on the environment, implementation of total maximum daily loads (TMDL) involving road salt, successful reduction strategies used by states, and possible groundwater impacts. The webinar will cover actions taken to address road salt by Minnesota and New Hampshire as well as an EPA study on potential groundwater impacts. Click here to register in advance. For captioning accommodations, please contact Erika Farris at farris.erika@epa.gov. Future webinar topics will include copper from car brake pads, consumer use of fertilizers and pesticides, and heavy metals from reflective highway markings.

3) Updated Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Available for Download
Updated Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Available for Download An updated version of EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) is now available for download at http://www.epa.gov/climatereadyutilities. The tool assists drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities, in identifying climate change threats, assessing potential consequences, and evaluating adaptation options. Increasing climate readiness can help build resilience to extreme weather events. Developed under EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative, CREAT 2.0 builds on the capabilities of the first version of the tool by providing local historical climate data, as well as more comprehensive downscaled climate change projections. This new version uses a flexible framework, which allows utilities, regardless of size or type, to consider climate impacts at multiple locations and to assess multiple climate scenarios. Please email CREAThelp@epa.gov with any questions or feedback.

4) Updated Version of Consequence Analysis Software Tool Now Available
An updated version of the Water Health and Economic Analysis Tool (WHEAT), which now estimates consequences for both drinking water and wastewater utilities, is now available. Developed in collaboration with water sector partners, the release of WHEAT 2.0 will provide utilities of all sizes with the capability to assess, plan for, and better respond to man-made threats and natural disasters. WHEAT is an intuitive, generalized, desktop software tool that assists utility owners and operators in quantifying public health impacts, utility financial costs and regional economic impacts of an accidental or adverse event. WHEAT can now generate consequence results for both wastewater utilities and drinking water utilities based on two scenarios: 1) release of a hazardous gas and 2) loss of operating assets. WHEAT is available for download: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/techtools/wheat.cfm. A series of WHEAT training webinars are being offered, click on the "training" tab to register. Contact HEATHELP@epa.gov for more information.

5) EPA releases Coastal Wetland Review Reports
EPA is releasing four Coastal Wetland Review reports containing the results of meetings with stakeholders in coastal watersheds throughout the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. EPA convened these meetings to better understand regional stressors on wetlands in coastal watersheds, local protection strategies, and key gaps that, if addressed, could help reverse the trend of wetland loss. This work is part of an interagency effort which includes EPA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other federal agencies to reduce and reverse coastal wetlands loss as follow-up to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/NOAA report, Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Eastern United States, which identified an average rate of loss for wetlands in coastal watersheds of 59,000 acres per year. The reports and broader information about coastal wetlands and the coastal wetlands initiative can be found at http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/cwt.cfm.

 


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