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July 16, 2013

1) EPA Hosting Twitter Chat and Webcast to Raise Awareness about Harmful Algal Blooms
2) EPA to Host Workshop on Nexus Between Water and Energy During Disasters
3) EPA Launches Harmful Algal Bloom Video Public Service Announcement Series
4) EPA Features Locally Led Efforts in Urban Water Restoration via Video Series


1) EPA Hosting Twitter Chat and Webcast to Raise Awareness about Harmful Algal Blooms
This summer, EPA is working to raise awareness about harmful algal blooms, which are associated with nutrient pollution and can sicken people and pets, devastate aquatic ecosystems and be a detriment to the economy. This Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, EPA's Office of Water will host a Twitter chat on nutrient pollution and harmful algal blooms. Go to www.twitter.com/epawater and use #waterchat to participate or ask a question. On July 25, EPA's Watershed Academy will host a webcast on harmful algal blooms and their impacts to public health. Lorraine Backer from the Centers for Disease Control and Andy Reich from the Florida Department of Health will continue the series with a discussion of the various ways harmful algal blooms threaten the health of people and animals, and what the public can do to stay safe. EPA harmful algal blooms expert Leslie Vazquez-Coriano will moderate.  To register, visit  www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.

2) EPA to Host Workshop on Nexus Between Water and Energy During Disasters
EPA will be hosting a workshop on the water and energy nexus in disasters on August 6 in Lorton, Virginia. The free one-day workshop will include presentations from water utilities, electric utilities, and federal agencies as well as a roundtable discussion. It will provide information on the various options available to secure back-up power and/or increase water utilities' resiliency to power outages. The workshop also aims to increase coordination and communication between water utilities and electric utilities. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.horsleywitten.com/water-power/.

3) EPA Launches Harmful Algal Bloom Video Public Service Announcement Series
EPA last week released the first of three video public service announcements to raise awareness about the potential public health impacts of harmful algal blooms, which are a manifestation of nutrient pollution. The first video, "When in Doubt, Stay Out," talks about protecting human and pet health from potentially toxic algal blooms. The video is available on EPA's YouTube channel and the other video PSAs will be posted in the coming weeks. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goPMNzDmJDg

4) EPA Features Locally Led Efforts in Urban Water Restoration via Video Series
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 features Marjorie Mayfield Jackson, Executive Director of the Elizabeth River Project, describing some of the challenges faced by communities along the Elizabeth River in Virginia (e.g. legacy contamination from maritime activity and flooding) and how the organization uses voluntary action and cooperation to promote cleanup efforts. This nonprofit organization sees its goal as working to restore the Elizabeth River, a Superfund site, to the highest practical level of environmental quality through government, business, and community partnerships. Watch the video.

 


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