From: Gloria Posey [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 1:35 PM
Subject: [waternews] WaterNews for January 27, 2003
WaterNews for January 27, 2004
Acting Assistant Administrator
Office of Water
WaterNews is a weekly on-line publication that announces publications,
policies, and activities of the US Environmental Protection Agency's
Office of Water
1) New Television Special about Watersheds to Air on The Weather Channel
Today, EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Benjamin Grumbles,
announced the airing of an upcoming ½ hour television special about
watersheds co-produced by the Environmental Protection Agency and The
Weather Channel. After the Storm will premier on The Weather Channel on
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 8 pm and 11 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Additional showings are set for Sunday, May 9th at 8:30 and 11:30 pm EST
and Saturday, June 26th at 8:30 and 11:30 pm EST.
"I encourage everyone to tune in on February 4th to learn more about the
threats facing our nation's waters from polluted runoff," said Acting
Assistant Administrator Grumbles. After the Storm shows the connection
between weather and watersheds and the importance of watershed protection.
We all live in a watershed and we all have an impact on our environment."
The program reminds viewers that a finite amount of fresh water exists on
the planet, and that everyone needs to take actions to protect water
resources. "Over the last thirty years, the nation has done a tremendous
job in tacking pollution from large factories and sewage treatment
plants," said Grumbles. "Remaining threats are much more difficult to
regulate. When it rains or when snow melts, pollutants from city streets,
suburban lawns, and farms may runoff into our nation's streams, lakes,
wetlands and coastal waters."
The show highlights three case studies-Santa Monica Bay, the Mississippi
River Basin/Gulf of Mexico, and New York City- where polluted runoff
threatens watersheds highly valued for recreation, commercial fisheries
and navigation, and drinking water. Key scientists, water quality
experts, and citizens involved in local and national watershed protection
efforts provide insight into the problems as well as solutions to today's
water quality crisis.
Acting Assistant Administrator Grumbles added, "EPA was pleased to team up
with The Weather Channel on this educational special. Broadcast
meteorologists are considered trusted and effective spokespersons for
conveying complex environmental and scientific information to the American
public, and millions of viewers tune into The Weather Channel daily for
the latest weather updates. Weather events-like droughts, floods, and
rain -directly impact the quality of our water resources. They offer a
perfect opportunity for meteorologist to discuss connections between
In addition to illustrating the environmental implications of weather
events, the special provides useful tips on how people can help make a
difference. After the Storm explains simple things people can do to
protect their local watershed-such as picking up after one's dog and
recycling household hazardous wastes. It also shows how some communities
and private companies are getting involved through low impact development
- utilizing rain gardens and green roofs to minimize stormwater runoff.
Viewers are encouraged to visit the EPA web site -
for more information about what they can do, including a free brochure
about stormwater pollution.
After six months, EPA owns the rights to the special. The Agency intends
to make After the Storm available to other television stations and
educational organizations interested in broadcasting the show.
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