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May 21, 2013

1) Beach Advisory Information Available Online at BEACON
2) EPA Water Chief Tours Clemson Intelligent River
3) Success Spotlight: Corsica River in Maryland


1) Beach Advisory Information Available Online at BEACON
With beach season getting underway, people can use EPA's BEach Advisory and Closing Online Notification system (BEACON) to access advisory information. BEACON carries water quality and pollution testing information for more than 6,000 U.S. beaches, based on data provided by states, territories and tribes. Users can access mapped location data for beaches and water monitoring stations, monitoring results for pollutants such as bacteria and algae, as well as reports that combine notifications and water quality monitoring data. The majority of beach advisories and closures in the U.S. are due to water test results indicating bacterial contamination, which can make people sick. Sources of bacterial contamination include sewer overflows, untreated stormwater runoff, boating wastes, animal waste, and malfunctioning septic systems. For more information, visit http://watersgeo.epa.gov/beacon2/

2) EPA Water Chief Tours Clemson Intelligent River
Last week, EPA acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner toured Clemson University's "intelligent river" to view innovative technologies for monitoring and protecting clean water. The project uses small, data-gathering sensors linked to a powerful computer network that can transmit environmental conditions in easy-to-understand formats to virtually anyone with a computer or smartphone. Technology innovation can ensure that future actions are more sustainable and be an economic driver, helping businesses thrive and creating jobs. More information: http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/4903

3) Success Spotlight: Corsica River in Maryland
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 Corsica River in Maryland. Nutrients from agricultural runoff, urban nonpoint sources, and a town's wastewater treatment plant had led to algae blooms in Maryland's Corsica River, prompting state to add the river to the state's list of impaired waters in 1996. The state developed a total maximum daily load for nitrogen and phosphorus, and watershed partners implemented agricultural best management practices as well as initiated urban stormwater infiltration projects. After six years of restoration efforts, water quality monitoring in two Corsica River tributaries revealed a significant decrease in nitrogen concentrations, improving water quality. The Corsica River watershed restoration action strategy was highlighted as one of the best in the country by the national nonpoint source program in 2005. Click here for more information.

 


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