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Current Issue

Winter 2012-2013 Issue #3 (PDF) (5 pp, 584K)

Issue 3 of Healthy Watersheds News (Winter 2012-2013) showcases assessments that are currently underway across the country to evaluate one or more of the six healthy watersheds assessment components — landscape condition, habitat, hydrology, geomorphology, water quality, and biological condition.


About Healthy Watersheds Newsletter

Healthy Watersheds News is a publication of EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds.

Healthy Watersheds News is a periodic publication that provides information regarding EPA's commitment to increase focus on protecting healthy waters and watersheds, a key action for achieving our clean waters goals. This publication will report on the successes of the Healthy Watersheds program as well as highlight Healthy Watersheds programs in selected states and regional aquatic ecosystems.

Healthy watersheds provide many ecological services as well as economic benefits. The Healthy Watersheds Initiative (HWI) is intended to protect the nation's remaining healthy watersheds, prevent them from becoming impaired, and accelerate our restoration successes.

If successfully implemented, the HWI promises to greatly enhance our ability to meet the Clean Water Act Section 101(a) objective of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's waters by protecting healthy watersheds as dynamic systems interconnected in the landscape.

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Back Issues

  • Winter 2011-2012 Issue #1 (PDF) (4 pp, 430K)
    The premier issue of Healthy Watersheds News includes reports on the release of The Healthy Watersheds Initiative National Framework and Action Plan; a pilot project in Virginia and New Mexico; and more.
  • Summer 2012 Issue #2 (PDF) (4 pp, 517K)
    The second issue of Healthy Watersheds News includes reports on projects from the Spokane Tribe, Virginia, and Chesapeake Bay; the release of the Healthy Watersheds Technical Document; how the 319 Grants are being used; Healthy Watersheds presentations at the 2012 National Water Quality Monitoring Conference; and more.

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