Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Improved Agricultural Management Restores Stone Bridge Brook, Vermont

EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on

Stone Bridge Brook, Vermont. Agricultural activities in the watershed increased nutrient and sediment runoff impairing a 2-mile portion of the stream for aquatic life. Agricultural best management practices, such as planting of more than 300 acres of winter cover crops and use of no-till planting to reduce erosion, led to improvement in water quality, prompting the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to remove it from the state's list of impaired waters in 2012.

Read the complete story here.

Source: Water Headlines & EPA Water: Nonpoint Source Success Stories

EPA Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act 2012 OCTOBER 18

By Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water
I am proud to be at EPA in 2012 for the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s foremost law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. I often think about how a generation ago, the American people faced health and environmental threats in their waters that are almost unimaginable today.

Municipal and household wastes flowed untreated into our rivers, lakes and streams. Harmful chemicals were poured into the water from factories, chemical manufacturers, power plants and other facilities. Two-thirds of waterways were unsafe for swimming or fishing. Polluters weren’t held responsible. We lacked the science, technology and funding to address the problems.

Then on October 18, 1972, the Clean Water Act became law.

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Source: It's Our Environment: EPA's blog about our world


New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Available at http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, the How’s My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation’s water resources. Forty years later, EPA is providing citizens with a technology-based tool to expand that stewardship.

“America’s lakes, streams and rivers are national treasures. Communities and neighborhoods across the U.S. want to know that their local lakes, rivers and streams are healthy and safe to enjoy with their families,” said Nancy Stoner, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “This new app provides easy, user-friendly access to the health of a waterway, whether it is safe for swimming and fishing, and what is being done about any reported problems. People can get this information whether researching at a desktop or standing streamside looking at a smart phone.”

How It Works

SEARCH: Go to http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway and allow GPS-technology to identify the nearest streams, rivers or lakes or enter a zip code or city name.

RESULTS: Instantly receive a list of waterways within five miles of the search location. Each waterway is identified as unpolluted, polluted or unassessed. A map option offers the user a view of the search area with the results color-coded by assessment status.

DISCOVER: Once a specific lake, river or stream is selected, the How’s My Waterway app and website provides information on the type of pollution reported for that waterway and what has been done by EPA and the states to reduce it. Additional reports and technical information is available for many waterways. Read simple descriptions of each type of water pollutant, including pollutant type, likely sources and potential health risks.

MORE: Related links page connects users to popular water information on beaches, drinking water and fish and wildlife habitat based on a user’s search criteria.
Source: EPA News Release

Friday, October 19, 2012

Lake Champlain 2012 State of the Lake and Ecosystems Indicators Report Released

On August 1st the Lake Champlain Basin Program released State of the Lake and Ecosystems Indicators Report 2012. The report informs citizens and resource managers about Lake Champlain's condition and provides a better understanding of threats to its health and opportunities to meet the challenges ahead.

The latest edition of the document, which is produced every three or four years and is based on the latest science and management perspectives, summarizes several categories of lake health: phosphorus, human health, fish and wildllife, and aquatic invasive species. This year's report also includes a special section on the effects of the historic flooding of 2011.

At the press event for the document's unveiling, LCBP Program Manager Bill Howland noted, "Again, in 2012, we share both good and not so good news, depending on which issue and which lake segment is being discussed. Certainly the Lake is not meeting phosphorus concentration targets, but each jurisdiction remains diligent and active in their efforts to decrease loads."

The LCBP has launched an online version of the State of the Lake, which includes all the content in the print document as well as supplemental material and additional French translation. Hard copies are also available free of charge by contacting kjarvis@lcbp.org.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

EPA WaterSense Intends to Revise the Irrigation Partner and Professional Certification Program

WaterSense has announced its intent to modify its specifications for certification programs for irrigation professionals and the WaterSense irrigation professional partnership. The notification of intent outlines EPA's evaluation of the benefits and challenges associated with the existing irrigation partnership program, its experience in running the certification program, and its desires to expand the program's scope to attain additional water savings. The outlined intended revisions are two-fold: development of a consolidated and common set of general requirements that will apply to all professional certifying organizations and removal of the individual irrigation partnership designation to allow the benefits of partnership to expand to all professionals certified by WaterSense labeled programs. WaterSense is soliciting input from stakeholders who would like to provide comment on the Agency's proposal. 

Click here for more information.
Source Water Headlines, EPA Office of Water

Latest Adirondack Invasive Species Newsletter On-Line

The latest invasive species news in the Adirondack region – APIPP’s Fall/Winter Newsletter is now available online as a PDF

Hilary Smith, Director
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Progra
The Nature Conservancy - Adirondack Chapter
PO Box 65 Keene Valley, New York 12943
518-576-2082 x 131 (tel)
518-576-4203 (fax) 
email: hsmith@tnc.org 
website: www.adkinvasives.com 
blog: http://adk-invasives.blogspot.com