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July 2, 2013

1) EPA Releases Annual Beach Report
2) EPA Releases Model Program to Assist State Septic Programs in Managing Water Quality Impacts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 
3) Blog Spotlight: Why I Wanted to Intern for the Office of Water Communications Team
4) EPA Features Locally Led Efforts in Urban Water Restoration via Video Series


1) EPA Releases Annual Beach Report
For the eighth consecutive year, in 2012, the nation's coastal and Great Lakes beaches were open 95 percent of the time during the swimming season. Read more about this and other findings on beach closings and advisories that occurred during the 2012 swimming season, and data trends from 2007 to 2012, in EPA's annual report. Also read about recent developments in EPA's Beach Program, including improved access to online beach monitoring and notification data (BEACON), updates to the National List of Beaches, and EPA's final 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria.For more information on the annual report please contact Denise Hawkins (hawkins.denise@epa.gov or 202-566-1384). For information about specific states, please contact your EPA Regional or state beach program representative.

2) EPA Releases Model Program to Assist State Septic Programs in Managing Water Quality Impacts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 
EPA has released its model program for onsite systems management in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The document provides technical information regarding the elements of a model program for onsite wastewater treatment systems, incorporating key recommendations to effectively and efficiently manage nitrogen treatment systems. The Agency's model program will help provide state onsite programs with the tools that they need to more effectively manage nutrients entering the Bay from onsite systems, which will help improve water quality in the Bay. Development of the model program is part of the Agency's efforts to implement Executive Order 13508 on Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration, issued on May 12, 2009, which renewed the federal commitment to restoring and protecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay. For additional information: http://executiveorder.chesapeakebay.net/ 

3) Blog Spotlight: Why I Wanted to Intern for the Office of Water Communications Team
Our summer intern Danielle Nichols blogs about how her research on various ways governments protect drinking water around the world helped inform her efforts to raise awareness about the importance of drinking water on her college's campus. Read the blog.

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 EkOngKar "EK" Singh Khalsa, Executive Director of the Mystic River Watershed Association, describing some of the challenges faced by Mystic River communities, such as access to the river and water quality issues, and how this organization's outreach and educational efforts are being used to address these challenges. Watch the video

 


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