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June 4, 2013

1. EPA Releases Fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment
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EPA Video Series Features Locally-Led Efforts in Urban Water Restoration
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Registration Now Open for the 2013 EPA Community Involvement Training Conference in Boston, July 30 - August 1
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EPA Releases Guide to Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities for Local Governments
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EPA Releases Guide and Online Module for Developing Effective Watershed Plans

 


1. EPA Releases Fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment
EPA today released results of a survey showing that $384 billion in improvements are needed for the nation's drinking water infrastructure through 2030 for systems to continue providing safe drinking water to 297 million Americans. EPA's fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment identifies investments needed over the next 20 years for thousands of miles of pipes and thousands of treatment plants, storage tanks and water distribution systems, which are all vital to public health and the economy. The national total of $384 billion includes the needs of 73,400 water systems across the country, as well as American Indian and Alaska Native Village water systems. More information: http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/dwsrf/index.cfm

2. EPA Video Series Features Locally-Led Efforts in Urban Water Restoration
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 Beth Stewart, Executive Director for the Cahaba River Society, describing some of the challenges faced by communities in the Cahaba River Watershed and the residents of Birmingham, Alabama (e.g. pollution that increases drinking water costs), and how the organization is using positive recognition and educating residents in order to improve the environmental decision making in the watershed. As Alabama's longest remaining stretch of free-flowing river and the primary drinking water source for one-fifth of the state's people the Cahaba River is also a treasure of biological diversity of national and global importance. More information: http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-voices

3. Registration Now Open for the 2013 EPA Community Involvement Training Conference in Boston, July 30 - August 1 The 2013
U.S. EPA Community Involvement Training Conference, offered once every two years, seeks to both inform and train EPA staff as well as Agency stakeholders and partners in best practices to enhance community involvement. This three-day training conference features plenary sessions with guest speakers, topical discussions, information and training sessions, and field trips demonstrating effective community involvement and cooperative conservation efforts in the Boston area. Additionally, there will be an evening reception with poster and technology demonstrations showcasing community involvement projects as well as new tools, technology, and software. Conference registration is open now through July 17, 2013. If you cannot join us in person in Boston, you may register to participate in a limited number of sessions that will be streamed online. More information on this option will be available soon on the conference website. Additional details, including conference agenda and hotel information, are available at http://www.epa.gov/ciconference.

4. EPA Releases Guide to Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities for Local Governments
EPA has released a new climate and energy strategy guide for local governments, titled "Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs." Water and wastewater facilities are among the largest consumers of energy in a community, accounting for 35 percent of typical U.S. municipal energy budgets. Local governments can reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by working with these facilities to improve the energy efficiency of their new, existing and renovated buildings and their day-to-day operations. This guide provides comprehensive information for local government staff and policy makers on designing and implementing energy management programs for water and wastewater facilities. Click here for the guide.

5. EPA Releases Guide and Online Module for Developing Effective Watershed Plans
EPA has released a guide to developing watershed plans to restore and protect our waters, which summarizes a 2008 handbook for developing watershed plans to restore and protect our waters, as well as a companion online module, "An Introduction to Watershed Planning." The guide and module provide a summary of the handbook and also highlight some new watershed-related tools that have been developed since 2008 that can be used for more effective decision-making leading to improved management of our water resources. Together, the handbook, guide and module provide information on how to incorporate the nine minimum elements from the Clean Water Act section 319 Nonpoint Source Program's funding guidelines into the watershed plan development process.  Click here to access the guide and visit http://www.epa.gov/watertrain to view the module.

 

 


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