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June 25, 2013

1) Blog Spotlight: Innovative Technology for Water
2) Community-Based Water Resiliency Program Webinar
3) Thursday Twitter Chat on Water and Recreation
4) EPA Features Locally Led Efforts in Urban Water Restoration via Video Series
5) Clean Water State Revolving Fund Highlight: Three Sisters Irrigation District, Oregon


1) Blog Spotlight: Innovative Technology for Water
Nancy Stoner, acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Water, has blogged about the Water Technology Innovation Blueprint released in March for EPA's national water program. The blueprint promotes technology innovation as a means to speed progress toward clean and safe water. Innovative technology projects show their potential for solving our water challenges. Read the blog at http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/06/innovative-technology-for-water/

2) Community-Based Water Resiliency Program Webinar
EPA will host a free webinar on disaster preparedness for the water sector on July 10 from 2 to 3 pm ET to show how the Community Based Water Resiliency tool can assist drinking water and wastewater utilities, as well as the communities they serve, to prepare for a water service interruption regardless of the cause of interruption. The webinar explores how to better assess current preparedness level, account for water sector interdependencies, and identify areas of improvement for both organizations and communities. The webinar will feature the Water Resiliency Action Plan kit, which provides a step-by-step process for holding a water emergency workshop, as well as a Telly award-winning video "A Day Without Water" to highlight the importance of the water sector in disaster preparedness. Sign up here for the webinar.

3) Thursday Twitter Chat on Water and Recreation
Join us for a Twitter chat this Thursday at 2 pm ET about swimming, fishing and boating. The chat will cover how EPA works to protect water for recreational purposes and will have several experts on hand to answer questions. The Twitter chat will be translated into Spanish. Join the chat by going to http://www.twitter.com/epawater and using #waterchat to participate or ask a question.

4) EPA Features Locally Led Efforts in Urban Water Restoration via Video Series
EPA has released Urban Waters Voices, a series of 12 video interviews featuring locally led efforts to restore urban waters in communities across the United States. These videos feature local efforts and strategies to improve urban water quality while advancing local community priorities. This week's video spotlights Edwin Revell, Volunteer with the Village Creek Society describing some of the challenges faced by the communities in the Village Creek Watershed of Birmingham, Alabama, such as flooding and water quality issues, and how this nonprofit organization is working to educate residents in order to strengthen efforts to address these challenges. Watch the video.

5) Clean Water State Revolving Fund Highlight: Three Sisters Irrigation District, Oregon
EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs provide funding for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management. This week's success spotlight shines on the Three Sisters Irrigation District in central Oregon. Using a $800,000 CWSRF loan, the district enclosed 14 miles of open irrigation ditches. The project conserved enough water that the district was able to sell "excess" water rights, a portion of which were dedicated to protect permanent stream flow for Whychus Creek and will help comply with the creek's temperature total maximum daily load. In 2018, the district will install a 1.5 mega watt hydroelectric plant, taking advantage of the pressure in the newly piped system. For more information, contact Shanna Bailey, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, at (541) 278-8681.

 


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