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March 19, 2013

1) WaterSense Celebrates 5th Annual Fix a Leak Week, Encouraging Americans to Find and Fix Household Leaks
2) Blog Spotlight: Streams Take Me By Surprise
3) Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Healthy Watersheds Initiative
4) National Estuary Program Webinar on Nutrients, March 20
5) EPA Co-Hosting Workshop for Tribes on Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Water Sector Systems


1) WaterSense Celebrates 5th Annual Fix a Leak Week, Encouraging Americans to Find and Fix Household Leaks
Celebrate Fix a Leak Week this week with EPA's WaterSense program by checking winter water bills and fixtures for water waste, twisting and tightening pipe and hose connections, and considering replacing broken or inefficient fixtures with WaterSense-labeled models. One in every 10 homes has a leak that is wasting at least 90 gallons of water per day. By taking these simple steps, households can save more than 10,000 galls of water per year and as much as 10 percent on utility bills. Learn more about fixing leaks, find a certified irrigation professional, or search for WaterSense-labeled plumbing and irrigation products: http://www.epa.gov/watersense.

2) Blog Spotlight: Streams Take Me By Surprise
EPA's Director of Communications for Water, Travis Loop, blogged about the importance of and role of streams in providing drinking water, reducing nitrogen pollution, protecting against floods and supporting recreational water and economic uses. Read the blog at: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/03/streams-take-me-by-surprise/

3) Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Healthy Watersheds Initiative
EPA, The Nature Conservancy, and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) have jointly signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that formalizes a mutual collaboration between these groups as they strive to develop and implement healthy watersheds programs in states and with regional aquatic ecosystem programs to help sustain an integrated network of healthy watersheds across the country. EPA, The Nature Conservancy and ACWA agree to meet periodically to track progress related to developing and implementing healthy watersheds programs in states and with regional aquatic ecosystem programs, as well as promote the sharing of educational and scientific information such as data gathering and sharing of watershed health assessments and healthy watershed implementation projects. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/healthywatersheds.

4) National Estuary Program Webinar on Nutrients, March 20
On March 20, 2013 1:00 - 3:00 pm EDT, two National Estuary Programs will talk about their efforts to address nutrients management. One presentation focuses on recent efforts related to developing and implementing a San Francisco Bay Nutrient Science and Management Strategy for San Francisco Bay, long recognized as a nutrient-enriched estuary. The presentation on the Clean Samish Initiative will present the situation of fecal coliform pollution sources in the Samish basin, Washington, a rural watershed with a productive commercial fishery, and the outcomes of the efforts to address the pollution through the pollution identification and correction program and the ten-point targeted action agenda. The National Estuary Program is a network of voluntary community-based programs that safeguards the health of important coastal ecosystems across the country. Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/975968818

5) EPA Co-Hosting Workshop for Tribes on Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Water Sector Systems
On April 10, 2013, EPA, United South & Eastern Tribes, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Indian Health Service are co-hosting a one-day workshop in Nashville, Tennessee for tribes on small water and wastewater utility management. The workshop is being held in conjunction with the 2013 Tribal Utility Summit. Workshop attendees will learn to identify management improvement opportunities at their utilities, how to approach improvements, and how to work more effectively with staff and the community to bring about priority management improvements. Workshop participants are encouraged to attend all three days of the Tribal Utility Summit, April 9-11, 2013, to be eligible for continuing education units. The cost to attend all three days of the summit is $100. Travel costs will not be covered. To register and for more information: http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/tribaltraining/tcourse1_2013.cfm.

 


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