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Water Headlines is a weekly publication that announces publications, policies, and activities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water.

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Water Headlines for the Week of September 9, 2014 

1) Join a Thunderclap for Clean Water
2) EPA Announces Funding to Create Two New Drinking Water Innovation Centers
3) Section 319 Success Story: Indian Creek, Oklahoma

1) Join a Thunderclap for Clean Water
EPA is planning to use a new social media application called Thunderclap to provide a way for people to show their support for clean water and the agency's proposal to protect it. Here's how it works: you agree to let Thunderclap post a one-time message on your social networks (Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr) on Monday, September 29 at 2:00 pm EDT. If 500 or more people sign up to participate, the message will be posted on everyone's walls and feeds at the same time. But if fewer than 500 sign up, then nothing happens. So it's important to both sign up and encourage others to do so.

Here's the message: "Clean water is improtant to me. I want EPA to protect it for my health, my family, and my community. www.epa.gov/USwaters"

To sum up, you can participate through these two steps:
1. Sign up to join the Thunderclap for Clean Water: http://thndr.it/1rUOiaB
2. Share the link to the Thunderclap with your friends and followers, so we get at least 500 people sharing the message through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

2) EPA Announces Funding to Create Two New Drinking Water Innovation Centers
EPA is providing over $8 million to create two national centers for research and innovation in small to medium sized drinking water systems. These two EPA-funded centers will develop and test advanced, low cost methods to reduce, control, and eliminate groups of water contaminants that present challenges to communities worldwide.

These grants support the development of water clusters - networks of businesses, researchers, and others involved in water technology. These organizations are leading the way in developing cutting-edge technologies and bringing them to the market, where they can solve water challenges that threaten health and daily activities while promoting technological innovation and economic growth. For more information on the grant recipients and center, visit http://www.epa.gov/ncer/smalldw. For more information on the water technology innovation cluster, visit http://www2.epa.gov/clusters-program

3) Section 319 Success Story: Indian Creek, Oklahoma
Indian County in Woodward County runs through an area of high cattle and wheat production. An assessment of the fish community in the stream in 2002 revealed a poor condition, resulting in placement on Oklahoma's 2006 Clean Water Act section 303(d) list of impaired waters for biological impairment. Implementation of best management practices to promote better quality grazing land decreased sediment and nutrient runoff into the creek. As a result, Oklahoma removed Indian Creek from their 2012 list for fish impairment. Indian Creek now fully attains its fish and wildlife propagation designated use. The complete success story can be found at: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/success319/ok_indian.cfm

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