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ENVIRO-NEWS  November 2002

ENVIRO-NEWS November 2002

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EPA WaterNews

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Joe Makuch <[log in to unmask]>

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-----Original Message-----
From: Gloria Posey [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 7:20 AM
To: waternews
Subject: [waternews] WaterNews for November 19, 2002

WaterNews for November 19, 2002
WaterNews is a weekly on-line publication that announces publications,
policies, and activities of the US Environmental Protection Agency's
Office of Water

Inside this Week's WaterNews
Emergency Funds Made Available To Defend Against Asian Carp Invasion
Release of NEMI!
Proposed Water Quality Standards for Kentucky
Improving Children's Health Worldwide
$1.5 Million Security Grant Solicitation

Emergency Funds Made Available To Defend Against Asian Carp Invasion
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a joint effort with the
Great Lakes Fishery Commission, International Joint Commission, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Department of State announced on Nov. 18
$150,000 in emergency funds for the purchase and installation of backup
power hardware for an electrical barrier to defend against the spread of
Asian carp into the Great Lakes region.  G. Tracy Mehan, III, Assistant
Administrator for Water at the EPA said, "The specter fo large, prolific
Asian carp in the Great Lakes has motivated our coalition of government
agencies to act swiftly.  We have learned from hard experience the
environmental and economic havoc caused in the Great Lakes by aquatic
invasive species such as zebra mussels, sea lamprey and round gobies.  The
latest threat from Asian carp underscores the serious problems posed by
invasive species and the urgent need to prevent further introductions.
The Great Lakes simply cannot afford another aquatic invasion."  This
action marks an unprecedented level of speed and cooperation.

Release of NEMI!
The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Geological Survey are pleased
to announce the public release of the National Environmental Methods Index
(NEMI).  NEMI is a free web-based online clearinghouse of environmental
monitoring methods.  The NEMI database contains method summaries of
laboratory and field protocols for regulatory and non-regulatory related
water-quality analyses.  By visiting www.nemi.gov  users can access
up-to-date methods information through a standard internet connection and
browser.  NEMI is a powerful tool in the quest to be more efficient and
ultimately more effective.  NEMI users can compare methods at a glance,
find the method that best meets their needs, and share monitoring data
among different agencies, using different methods at different times.

Proposed Water Quality Standards for Kentucky
The EPA proposal for certain water quality standards in the Commonwealth
of Kentucky was published in the Federal Register with the comment period
extending until Mar. 14, 2003.  It proposes a Federal antidegradation
policy with implementation methods specifically for high-quality waters in
Kentucky.  This proposal supplements the Commonwealth's current water
quality standards regulations which exclude some high-quality waters from
the Federally-required protection. The notice can be viewed at
http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/.  The docket is available and comments can be
submitted at  http://www.epa.gov/edocket/. Once in that system, select
"search," then key in OW-2002-0022, the docket identification number.

Improving Children's Health Worldwide
The EPA Offices of Water and International Activities have worked with the
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in El Salvador as part of the
Agency's international initiative on "Microbiologically Safe Drinking
Water for Children's Health".  Recently, PAHO's technical development
center, announced their intention to expand the program into Honduras.
This  expansion by the Latin American partners demonstrates their desire
to use the water treatment improvement concepts on a regional basis. For
further information, contact Eric Bissonette at 513- 569-7933 or visit the
website at www.paho.org/ .

$1.5 Million Security Grant Solicitation
Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for $1.5 million in grants
to provide technical assistance to drinking water systems that supply
water to less than 50,000 people.  As part of the Agency's critical water
infrastructure protection initiative awards of up to $300,000 per eligible
nonprofit organization will provide no-cost training to state, tribal or
local agencies on activities such as vulnerability assessments and
emergency response plans.  The Office of Water request for applications is
posted on the water security website at www.epa.gov/safewater/security  and
the solicitation will also be published in the Federal Government's
Business Opportunities.  For further contact Andy Bielanski at
202-564-3824.

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