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April 30, 2013

1) EPA Releases Marine Beach Sanitary Survey Tools
2) Blog Spotlight: Getting an Up Close Look at Innovative Solutions in Seattle
3) WaterSense Encourages Sprinkler Spruce-ups
4) Success Spotlight: Choteau Creek in South Dakota


1) EPA Releases Marine Beach Sanitary Survey Tools
EPA has made available a new sanitary survey to provide marine beach managers with a technically sound and consistent approach to identify pollution sources and share information. The survey helps marine beach managers synthesize water quality data, pollutant source data, and land use data so that they can improve beach water quality for swimming. It can also help managers set monitoring priorities, determine appropriate remediation, facilitate beach and watershed planning, and develop predictive models. The survey consists of a routine on-site sanitary survey, designed to be filled out each time water quality samples are taken, and an annual sanitary survey, which records more comprehensive information about factors in the surrounding watershed that might affect water quality at the beach. EPA will present a webinar on the new survey in spring 2013. For more information, visit http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/beaches/sanitarysurvey_index.cfm

2) Blog Spotlight: Getting an Up Close Look at Innovative Solutions in Seattle
Nancy Stoner, acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Water, blogs about her visit to the Pacific Northwest, where she visited a Seattle housing development that features natural stormwater drainage designs, toured Puget Sound restoration projects and visited a stormwater research laboratory at Washington State University. Read Nancy's blog at http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/04/getting-an-up-close-look-at-innovative-solutions-in-seattle/

3) WaterSense Encourages Sprinkler Spruce-ups
When it comes to a home's irrigation system, a little maintenance goes a long way. Just one broken sprinkler head could waste as much as 25,000 gallons of water and more than $90 over a six-month irrigation season. That's why WaterSense is encouraging homeowners to do a little "sprinkler spruce-up" this spring and summer. WaterSense has developed new tips and tools to educate consumers about the importance of maintaining sprinkler systems to promote healthy landscapes and reduce water waste. WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water. Spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps-inspect, connect, direct, and select! For more information on sprinkler spruce-ups, visit http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/outdoor/watering_tips.html

4) Success Spotlight: Choteau Creek in South Dakota
EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on Choteau Creek in South Dakota. Erosion from agricultural land led to excess sedimentation in South Dakota's Choteau Creek, impairing water quality for aquatic life. As a result, in 2004 South Dakota added 42 miles of Choteau Creek to the state's list of impaired waters for total suspended solids and dissolved oxygen concentrations. Local, state and federal partners implemented agricultural best management practices, such as animal waste management systems, grazing management, and riparian restoration and protection. Landowners also utilized cropland filter strips, converted cropland to permanent grass cover, and used grassed waterways to reduce soil erosion. Water quality had since improved, prompting the state to remove Choteau Creek from the impaired waters list for dissolved oxygen and total suspended solids in 2008 and 2012. Click here for more information.

 


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