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May 14, 2013

1) Federal Agencies Expand Urban Waterway Revitalization Efforts in Communities Across the Nation
2)) Blog Spotlight: Think at the Sink during Drinking Water Week
3) Winners Announced for the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
4) Success Spotlight: Metcalf Ditch in Indiana


1) Federal Agencies Expand Urban Waterway Revitalization Efforts in Communities Across the Nation
EPA, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other federal partners, has announced that the Urban Waters Federal Partnership is adding 11 new locations. Through the partnership, agencies are working to revitalize urban waterways and communities that surround them, transforming overlooked assets and driving urban revival. In addition, two more federal partner agencies will join the partnership in its collaborative efforts to restore waterways and their environments, boost recreation, help local economies, create jobs, and protect Americans' health. The U.S. Department of Education will expand the expertise of the partnership by connecting school groups with their local waterways and preparing students for careers in science, while the U.S. Department of Energy will help communities accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies. More information: http://www.urbanwaters.gov

2) Blog Spotlight: Think at the Sink during Drinking Water Week
Katie Henderson of EPA's Drinking Water Protection Division asked readers to think about where our tap water comes from during Drinking Water Week. She blogged about the milestones accomplished since the Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as ongoing challenges to our drinking water systems like climate change, aging infrastructure and nutrient pollution. Read Katie's blog: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/think-at-the-sink-during-drinking-water-week/

3) Winners Announced for the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
The Wyland Foundation has announced the winning cities of the 2013 National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. The challenge was held in April as a friendly competition between cities to have residents pledge to conserve water. The winners are (as separated into five population categories): Denver, CO, Tuscon, AZ, West Palm Beach, FL, Bremerton, WA, Laguna Beach, CA. To learn more about the National Mayor's Challenge, visit www.mywaterpledge.com.

4) Success Spotlight: Metcalf Ditch in Indiana
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 Metcalf Ditch in Indiana. Runoff from row cropping, livestock grazing and animal feeding, as well as leaking and failing septic systems led to excess sedimentation and high nutrient levels in the water, impairing the water for aquatic life. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management added Metcalf Ditch and its tributaries to the state's list of impaired waters in 2002. Project partners developed a watershed management plan, educated stakeholders about proper agricultural and septic system management, and implemented best management practices throughout the watershed, such as filter strips, grassed waterways, and application of nutrients using precision application technology. Water quality improved, and as a result, Indiana removed this segment from the state's 2012 list of impaired waters. Click here for more information.

 


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