Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Map Shows County-by-County Data on Drinking Water from Seasonal and Rain-Dependent Streams

EPA has used the National Hydrography Dataset to create a county-by-county map of the percent of the population that receives at least some of its drinking water from streams that are seasonal, rain-dependent or headwaters. It's easy to tell upon first glance just how incredibly important these streams are for drinking water across the nation. Clicking on a specific county can tell the local story. This is where we get to the number: at least 117 million Americans get drinking water from these streams.

For more information, visit the EPA Connect blog

View the Interactive MAP
Source: EPA Water Headlines

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

APA Accepting Public Comment on Guidance for Use of Aquatic Herbicide


CONTACT: Keith P. McKeever
Public Relations
(518) 891-4050


RAY BROOK, NY * The Adirondack Park Agency is accepting public comment for recently proposed Agency guidance for the use of the aquatic herbicides Renovate* and Renovate* OTF to manage the aquatic invasive plant Eurasian watermilfoil. The comment period will run through November 7, 2013.

The purpose of the guidance is to provide clear direction to involved parties on the use of the aquatic herbicides Renovate* and Renovate* OTF to manage Eurasian watermilfoil. Requirements include prior use of non-chemical treatments (hand harvesting, benthic barriers), limiting applications to large dense beds and long-term strategies to use non-chemical options to prevent recolonization. The guidance is intended to help achieve long-term control of the target species and avoid or limit impacts to freshwater wetlands and non-target organisms.

Eurasian watermilfoil can outcompete native plants, including New York State rare, threatened and endangered species resulting in decreased plant diversity and diminished habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms.

Renovate* and Renovate* OTF, are preferred aquatic herbicides for the management of Eurasian watermilfoil because they are low toxicity, highly selective and fast acting. They are approved for use in New York State and primarily target dicot classified plants such as Eurasian watermilfoil. Many native plants including pondweed, elodea, coontail, sedges and grasses are not susceptible to these aquatic herbicides.

The Agency proposed guidance is intended to help direct management of aquatic invasive species in Adirondack water bodies in a manner that avoids or minimizes impacts to freshwater wetlands, non-target native plants and animals.

To review the proposed Guidelines for Appropriate Use of the Aquatic Herbicides Renovate* and Renovate* OTF to Manage Eurasian Watermilfoil, an Aquatic Invasive Plant, please use the following link:

All public comments must be received by November 7, 2013.

Please send comments to:

Leigh Walrath Adirondack Park Agency P.O. Box 99 Ray Brook, NY 12977

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Aquatic Species May be the Cure for Cancer

Despite the fact that there are about 5000 living species, the bryozoa remain largely unknown to most people. Bryozoans, or "moss animals," are aquatic organisms, living for the most part in colonies of interconnected individuals.

The bryozoa species can be found in many different water types ranging from tropical, polar, to freshwater. Considered nuisances by many because they grow on the bottoms of ships, piers and docks, and have even been known to clog water intakes; others look at bryozoa as life savers.

Researchers have found a species of bryozoa off the California coast that produce a mix of chemicals called bryostatin that appears to prevent the growth of tumors in a variety of human cancers, including melanoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and renal cancer.

Still being tested in more than 40 clinical trials in the United States, many cancer patients have shown marked improvement with relatively minor side effects. That is great news from the depth of the waters where the bryozoans often reside, but the downside is that it takes 14 tons of the species to produce less than one ounce of bryostatin.

Learn more here

Article courtesy of Aquarius Systems, North Prairie WI
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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Hypoxia Task Force Report Shows Progress, Need to Accelerate Reduction of Nutrient Pollution in Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico

A new report released by the Hypoxia Task Force highlights progress made during the past five years in targeting funds where they are most needed, increasing agricultural conservation practices, developing state nutrient reduction strategies, and improving science and monitoring of water quality in the Mississippi River Basin. The report recommends that the Task Force work to accelerate implementation of nutrient reduction activities and identify ways to measure progress in reducing pollution at a variety of scales, from small streams to the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Task Force has also released a new federal strategy focused primarily on providing support to states as they develop and implement nutrient reduction strategies
“Achieving significant water quality improvements in water bodies as large as the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico takes time, and the increasing impacts of climate change such as more frequent extreme weather events pose additional challenges. The progress we’ve made across the board during the past five years provides an excellent foundation and we will work to accelerate our progress over the next five years,” said Nancy Stoner, acting Assistant Administrator for Water for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and co-chair of the Task Force.

Read this and prior reports at
Source: Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force

First Annual SepticSmart Week was Sept. 23 - 27, 2013

In case you missed it, like we did here, the first annual SepticSmart Week was held by US EPA September 23-27, 2013. So mark your calendars for NEXT YEAR. We share some of the information here, which is always relevant to those on septic systems and encourage shorefront property owners to visit the SepticSmart website and the EPA OnSite Wastewater website.

During the first annual SepticSmart Week, September 23-27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encouraged homeowners to get SepticSmart and take action. A few small, simple steps of proper care and maintenance of your septic system can lead to a big pay off in terms of keeping you and your neighbors healthy and protecting the environment. For homeowners, proper care can also prevent costly repairs or replacement of systems, protect property values, and save water.

Each Day EPA reminded homeowners to do the following:

  • Day 1 - September 23: Protect It and Inspect It! Homeowners can save more than $10,000 in repair and replacement costs if they have their septic system inspected at an average cost of $200-350 at least every 3-5 years by a septic service professional. Visit [HERE] to learn more and get SepticSmart.
  • Day 2 - September 24: Think at the sink! Whether you flush down the toilet, grind it in the garbage disposal, or pour it down the sink, shower, or bath...what goes down the drain can have a major impact on how well your septic system works. Visit [HERE] to learn more and get SepticSmart.
  • Day 3 - September 25: Don't overload the commode! Only put things in the drain or toilet that belong there. For example, coffee grounds, dental floss, disposable diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, cigarette butts, and cat litter can all clog and potentially damage septic systems. Visit [HERE] to learn more and get SepticSmart.
  • Day 4 - September 26: Don't strain your drain! Efficient use of water and staggering water can not only improve the operation of your septic system but also reduce the risk of failure as well. Visit [HERE] to learn more and get SepticSmart.
  • Day 5 - September 27: Shield your field! What is placed on or around your drainfield—a component of your septic system that removes contaminants from the liquid that emerges from your septic tank – matters. Visit [HERE] to learn more and get SepticSmart.

The Dos and Don'ts of Your Septic System

SepticSmart Week Flyer 091113 
Click here to download the "Dos and Don'ts" of your Septic System (1 pg, 1.4MB, About PDF).

Source : EPA Water Headlines | EPA SepticSmart website