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May 7, 2013

1) EPA Celebrates American Wetlands Month: Learn! Explore! Take Action!
2) EPA Releases Report on Emerging Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and In-Plant Wet Weather Management
3) Success Spotlight: Etowah River in Georgia


1) EPA Celebrates American Wetlands Month: Learn! Explore! Take Action!
EPA and partners are announcing a number of events to celebrate American Wetlands Month this May. On May 21 and 29, the Association of State Wetland Managers will hold webinars on state and regional wetland restoration strategies and designing wetlands for rare amphibians. For more information, visit http://aswm.org. On May 30, EPA and NOAA will hold a webinar on coastal wetlands restoration efforts. To register,  go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/833866322. For information on other activities happening this month, visit: http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/awm/ or share and embed EPA's American Wetlands Month widget available at http://tinyurl.com/3935qyh. Contact Kathleen Kutschenreuter for additional information: Kutschenreuter.kathleen@epa.gov or (202) 566-1383.

2) EPA Releases Report on Emerging Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and In-Plant Wet Weather Management
EPA has released a report on emerging technologies for wastewater treatment and in-plant wet weather management to assist municipal wastewater utility owners and operators, local governments, engineers, and planners find information on new wastewater treatment and in-plant wet weather management technologies. The document includes technical and cost information to assist users in considering using more efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective wastewater treatment and in-plant wet weather management technologies. Updated from the 2008 publication, the report provides information on four categories of technology development - research stage, emerging, innovative, and adaptive use. For more information and to view a copy of the report, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/wastetech/publications.cfm

3) Success Spotlight: Etowah River in Georgia
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 Etowah River in Georgia. Leaking septic tanks in residential areas and polluted runoff from impervious surfaces caused abnormally high fecal coliform bacteria levels in Etowah River. As a result, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division placed a 20-mile segment of the river on its 2004 list of impaired waters. Using section 319 funding, stakeholders repaired septic systems, installed best management practices, such as rain gardens and a constructed manure stackhouse, and conducted outreach and education activities. Water quality improved, prompting the state to remove the 20-mile segment from the state's 2010 list of impaired waters. Click here for more information

 


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