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ENVIRO-NEWS  May 2008

ENVIRO-NEWS May 2008

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EPA Water Headlines for May 5, 2008

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-----Original Message-----
From: Shawna Bergman [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 6:03 PM
Subject: [waterheadlines] Water Headlines for May 5, 2008

Water Headlines for May 5, 2008		Benjamin H. Grumbles
	
Assistant Administrator for Water
							
Water Headlines is a weekly on-line publication that announces
publications, policies, and activities of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's Office of Water

In This Week's Water Headlines:
1) What's in Your Bottle?
2) EPA's Great Lakes Earth Day Challenge a Resounding Success
3) Three More Indian Tribes Authorized to Administer Water Quality
Standards Program
4) Free May 8 Webcast on EPA's Draft Water Climate Change Strategy
5) Free May 13th Webcast on Wetlands and Climate Change
6) Sustainable Finance Online Training
7) Helping Water Systems to Inform the Public
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1) What's in Your Bottle?
During this week of May 4-10 we are celebrating National Drinking Water
Week.  It's easy to take for granted the fact that we have easy access
to safe water in our homes - something that more than 1 billion people
in the world can't rely on.  Every day, committed professionals who work
for more than 52,000 community water systems provide water to 286
million consumers throughout the country. And during this time of
escalating prices of everything from milk to gasoline, we should
remember that tap water is a great value. The U.S. Conference of Mayors
just released a study showing that, on a cost per ounce basis, municipal
water is 1,000 to 4,000 times more affordable than bottled water.  So,
this week, fill your own bottle with safe, affordable water from your
tap. Also, learn more about your water system, including how you can
help to protect your drinking water source from contamination.  Visit
EPA's web site at http://www.epa.gov/safewater for more information
about the national drinking water program.

2) EPA's Great Lakes Earth Day Challenge a Resounding Success
Communities and residents of the Great Lakes basin have responded
enthusiastically to EPA's Great Lakes Earth Day Challenge to collect 1
million pounds of electronics for recycling and 1 million pills for safe
disposal to keep contaminants out of the Great Lakes. So far 125
collections have been held in towns and cities around the Great Lakes.
EPA has received preliminary results that over 2.5 million pills have
already been turned in for safe disposal, and over 232,500 pounds of
electronics. A complete list of ongoing collections and their locations
is available on EPA's Web site:
http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/earthday2008/events.html 

3) Three More Indian Tribes Authorized to Administer Water Quality
Standards Program
During the month of April, EPA approved the applications of three Indian
Tribes for treatment in the same manner as a state (TAS), making them
eligible to administer the water quality standards program on
reservation lands. With these three approvals, there are now 43 such
Tribes authorized nationally. The three newly authorized Tribes are the
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (in Wisconsin), the
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (in Washington), and the Hopi Tribe
(in Arizona). The approvals also allow the Tribes to certify under
Section 401 of the Clean Water Act whether federal permits or licenses
for activities on the reservation comply with the Tribe's water quality
standards. The three Tribes are now developing proposed water quality
standards, which they will finalize and submit separately for EPA
approval. EPA provides guidance and assistance to any
federally-recognized Tribes that are interested in applying for TAS
eligibility.

4) Free May 8 Webcast on EPA's Draft Water Climate Change Strategy
On Thursday, May 8, EPA will be hosting a free webcast from 2:30 to 4:30
pm EDT to discuss EPA's Draft National Water Program Strategy: Response
to Climate Change. The agency recently distributed this draft strategy
and is now seeking comment until May 27, 2008.  The draft strategy
represents an initial effort by EPA's National Water Program to identify
potential impacts of climate change for clean water and drinking water
programs, and to define actions both to adapt water programs to these
impacts as well as to mitigate the release of greenhouse gases. The free
webcast will highlight some of the key impacts on water resources and
water programs, and key actions we are proposing. If you are interested
in participating in this webcast or want a copy of the draft strategy go
to http://www.epa.gov/water/climatechange/ . 

5) Free May 13th Webcast on Wetlands and Climate Change
On Tuesday, May 13th, 2008, a free Watershed Academy Webcast, "Wetlands
and Climate Change," will highlight the unique challenges that wetland
habitats face including rising sea levels and variable temperature and
precipitation patterns. Expert instructors will discuss the issue from
diverse perspectives reflecting the multifaceted approach needed to
address the challenges of climate change.  EPA's Watershed Academy
sponsors free, monthly Webcasts for watershed practitioners from around
the globe.  

The Webcast will feature Dr. Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist, Global
Change Research at the U.S. Geological Survey; Peter Slovinsky, Coastal
Geologist, Maine Geological Survey; Jim Powell, Water Quality Standards
Section Manager, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation; and
David VanLuven, Hudson River Estuary Landscape Director, The Nature
Conservancy-Eastern NY Chapter. To register please visit:
http://www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts .

6) Sustainable Finance Online Training
EPA's Watershed Academy has added a new online training module on
"Developing a Sustainable Finance Plan." The training module is designed
to help watershed organizations develop and implement sustainable
funding plans. Case studies are included throughout the module to
provide real examples of finance strategies employed by nonprofit
watershed organizations in the U.S.  This module was developed by  EPA's
Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds Sustainable Finance Team in
cooperation with the Watershed Academy.  
To view the module visit:
http://www.epa.gov/watertrain/sustainablefinance 
Fifty other training modules on a wide variety of watershed topics are
also available at http://www.epa.gov/watertrain 

7) Helping Water Systems to Inform the Public
EPA released a new web-based program, PNiWriter, to help public water
systems comply with the public notification requirements of the Safe
Drinking Water Act.  Public notification is intended to ensure consumers
are immediately alerted if there is a serious problem with their
drinking water which may pose a risk to public health. The PNiWriter
provides a fast, user-friendly format for creating public notices that
meet all federal requirements. After users log in they will see a series
of questions about the violation or situation requiring public notice.
After answering questions and filling in blanks they will be able to
print or download the public notice, an instruction sheet, and public
notice certification.  The program is free and can be accessed at
http://www.pniwriter.org. Users may also access the program from the EPA
web site at:
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/publicnotification/compliancehelp.html 

The PNiWriter is a companion product to the CCRiWriter. Since its
release in 2002, the CCRiWriter has helped users generate more than
10,000 Consumer Confidence reports, also known as Water Quality Reports,
that public water systems annually provide to customers to inform them
about their drinking water.  The CCRiWriter can be accessed at:
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/ccr/tools.html .  
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