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April 9, 2013

1) EPA Signs MOU to Improve Access to Safe Water and Basic Sanitation in Indian Country
2) EPA Releases U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program Annual Report
3) WaterSense Launches Vote to Name the Top Water-Saving Yard
4) Success Spotlight: German Valley Branch in Wisconsin


1) EPA Signs MOU to Improve Access to Safe Water and Basic Sanitation in Indian Country
EPA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Interior to renew the agencies' commitment to work together to coordinate the delivery of water and wastewater infrastructure services and financial assistance to tribal communities. The MOU partners continue to work together to reduce by 50 percent the number of tribal homes lacking access to safe water and basic sanitation by 2015. The MOU builds on the prior partner successes, including improved access to funding and reduced administrative burden for tribal communities through the review and streamlining of agency policies, regulations, and directives as well as improved coordination of technical assistance to water and wastewater service providers through regular coordination meetings and web-based tools. Learn more: www.epa.gov/tp/trprograms/infra-water.htm

2) EPA Releases U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program Annual Report
EPA is releasing its U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program 2012 Annual Report. The report highlights Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 accomplishments and the program's environmental, public health and economic benefits to the U.S. The border program provides access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, often for the first time, to underserved communities along the U.S.-Mexico Border. In FY 2012, the program provided 5,185 border homes with safe drinking water and 31,092 homes with adequate wastewater services. Currently the program has 24 projects under construction and supports 26 communities in the planning and development of projects for future construction. EPA's investments boost the regional and national economy through increased productivity, avoided health care and economic losses, direct and indirect job creation, enhanced ecological values, and by attracting trade opportunities and additional private investments. More information: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/wastewater/mexican/index.cfm

3) WaterSense Launches Vote to Name the Top Water-Saving Yard
To showcase some of the most beautiful water-smart landscape ideas this spring, WaterSense has added nearly 100 new images to its Water-Smart Landscape Photo Gallery. More than 60 home and business owners, landscape designers, and irrigation professionals entered WaterSense's recent Water-Smart Landscape Photo contest to demonstrate how beautiful water-smart practices can be. Help choose the greenest of the crop! WaterSense shared the top water-efficient and aesthetically pleasing submissions on Facebook, and you can vote for your favorite and help us declare a contest winner. The photo earning the most votes will be featured in WaterSense outreach materials this year. To cast your vote for the best water-smart photo in our gallery, visit the EPA WaterSense Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EPAWatersense.

4) Success Spotlight: German Valley Branch in Wisconsin
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 German Valley Branch in Wisconsin. Agricultural runoff contributed high levels of sediment to Wisconsin's German Valley Branch, degrading the stream's conditions for aquatic life. The state added the stream to its 1998 list of impaired waters for sedimentation and degraded habitat. Stakeholders implemented best management practices to control upland sediment sources, restored riparian areas, and improved fish habitat in the stream, which improved water quality and restored the stream's aquatic life designated use. As a result, Wisconsin removed the stream from its 2012 list of impaired waters. Click here for more information.  

 


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