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April 2, 2013

1) EPA Releases Blueprint for Integrating Technology Innovation into the National Water Program
2) Join Us on Twitter on April 8 to Discuss Climate Change
3) Register for April 3 Webcast on the Draft National Rivers and Streams Assessment
4) EPA Releases Final Vessel General Permit
5) EPA Joins the Wyland Foundation to Kick Off the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation


1) EPA Releases Blueprint for Integrating Technology Innovation into the National Water Program
On Wednesday, March 27 Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner released a Blueprint for Integrating Technology Innovation into the National Water Program at an event at the University of South Florida with Jeff Eger of the Water Environment Federation. The Office of Water is committed to fostering the development and use of innovative technology to advance EPA's goal of clean and safe water and sustainable water utilities. This blueprint highlights the EPA Office of Water's plans to advance and promote technology innovation across various water programs. As indicated in the blueprint, the document will continue to evolve with greater collaboration across EPA and with the full spectrum of external partners. Accelerating innovation and technology will help address the complex challenges facing America's water resources. Technology innovation can be increase sustainability, be an economic driver, help businesses thrive, create jobs and be a source of U.S. exports. To read the blueprint, visit http://water.epa.gov/blueprint.cfm. To read about the event at the University of South Florida, visit http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=5313&z=210.

2) Join Us on Twitter on April 8 to Discuss Climate Change
During Earth Month, EPA will focus on climate change during a series of environmental Twitter chats. On Monday, April 8 at 2:00 pm Eastern, the Twitter chat will focus on the impacts of climate change on water. EPA will also be discussing how Agency programs that focus on adaptation and mitigation by the water sector. To participate, follow twitter.com/EPAlive and use the hashtag #EPAchat. For more information on EPA's Earth Day activities, visit: http://www.epa.gov/earthday.

3) Register for April 3 Webcast on the Draft National Rivers and Streams Assessment
EPA will hold a webcast on April 3, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern on the findings of the draft National Rivers and Streams Assessment. EPA released the results of the first comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that more than half - 55 percent - are in poor condition for aquatic life. This draft study is available for public review and comment at http://www.epa.gov/aquaticsurveys. To register for this webinar, or view the webcast presentation in advance, visit http://www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.

4) EPA Releases Final Vessel General Permit
EPA issued a final vessel general permit regulating discharges from commercial vessels, including ballast water, to protect the nation's waters from ship-borne pollutants and reduce invasive species in U.S. waters. The final vessel general permit covers commercial vessels greater than 79 feet in length, excluding military and recreational vessels, and will replace the 2008 vessel general permit due to expire on Dec. 19, 2013. This permit regulates 27 specific discharge categories, and will also provide improvements to the efficiency of the permit process, and clarify discharge requirements by the following: reduce the risks of introduction of invasive species; reduce administrative burden for vessel owners and operators. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/npdes/vessels.

5) EPA Joins the Wyland Foundation to Kick Off the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
Today, Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner joined the marine life artist Wyland and Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray for the national kick-off of the Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. EPA's WaterSense program is partnering with the Wyland Foundation for the challenge, which is a friendly competition between cities to sign up the most residents to conserve water during the month of April. To learn more, visit http://www.wylandfoundation.org/mywaterpledge/.

 


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