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Analytical Methods
EPA publishes laboratory analytical methods that are used by industries and municipalities to analyze the chemical and biological components of wastewater, drinking water, sediment, and other environmental samples that are required by regulations under the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Almost all of these methods are published as regulations at Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Clean Lakes
Comprising 39.9 million acres, lakes and reservoirs are a major water resource in this country. Freshwater inland lakes and reservoirs provide our nation with 70% of its drinking water and supply water for industry, irrigation, and hydropower. Lake ecosystems support complex and important food web interactions and provide habitat needed to support numerous threatened and endangered species. Lakes are also the cornerstone of our nation's 19 billion dollar freshwater fishing industry, form the backbone of numerous State tourism industries, and provide countless recreational opportunities.
Fish Advisories
Fish are a lean, low-calorie source of protein. However, some fish may contain chemicals that could pose health risks. When contaminant levels are unsafe, consumption advisories may recommend that people limit or avoid eating certain species of fish caught in certain places.
Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) Chemical Program
This PBT chemicals program has been established to overcome the remaining challenges in addressing priority PBT pollutants. EPA is committing, through this program, to create an enduring cross-office system that will address the cross-media issues associated with priority PBT pollutants.
Anglers and Aquatic Resource Protection
EPA wants to provide anglers with information on the condition of our nation's waters, activities that anglers and their families can undertake to improve the health of our valued fisheries, and information on our role in protecting recreational fisheries.
Estimated Per Capita Fish Consumption in the United States (August 2002) (PDF) (262 pp, 3.3MB, About PDF)
This report displays daily average per capita fish consumption estimates that may be used in estimating risk to human health from the consumption of contaminated freshwater and estuarine finfish and shellfish species.

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