EFCN Webinar on Working Together to Protect Your Drinking Water Source 

smart mgmt small systems logoOn Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (eastern), the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) will host a webinar entitled, “Working Together to Protect Your Drinking Water Source.” The webinar is part of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems program that includes a variety of partners. During the webinar, panelists will share both the successes and lessons learned from getting outside their comfort zones and forging new collaborations between water utilities, land conservation agencies and land trusts, and municipalities and counties to protect drinking water sources facing development pressure. Register for the webinar here.

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Don’t Forget to Register for the ASDWA – USGS Webinar on Chemical and Microbial Contaminants in Drinking Water

usgsOn Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (eastern), ASDWA will host a webinar with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) entitled, “Understanding Chemical and Microbial Contaminants in Drinking Water:  Raw, Treated, and Tap Water.” The webinar will be presented in three segments to address key issues and questions of drinking water quality. The segments include:

  • The USGS groundwater quality assessments in 11 principal drinking water aquifers across the US.
  • The EPA and USGS collaborative effort to provide a more robust dataset on a wide range of chemical and microbial contaminants present in source and treated waters, along with a case example from a participating water utility in Massachusetts.
  • The USGS partnership effort to quantify tap water exposure pathways in public and private water supplies.

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit ASDWA’s website.

September 2018 Events to Promote Groundwater Protection

Protect your GW DayProtect Your Groundwater Day is September 4. This day provides a great opportunity to promote public health and environmental protection by getting involved and celebrating. State drinking water programs should consider sharing information about “Protect Your Groundwater Day” with your water utilities and citizens to create greater awareness about protecting this valuable resource. The National Ground Water Association has put together some free marketing materials to help you promote the event including social media messaging and tips for #PYGWD, a press release template, and logos, posters and graphics at WellOwner.org.

septicsmart_week_2018_save_date_010318SepticSmart Week is September 17-21. Each year, SepticSmart Week is held with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. This year, SepticSmart Week will be held from September 17-21. State drinking water programs and communities will want to use this opportunity to promote homeowner education and awareness and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options available to improve and sustain communities. Visit EPA’s website to download SepticSmart materials and a proclamation template, read about suggested events and activities, view highlights and case studies of community efforts across the nation, and join in the conversation on social media at #SepticSmartWeek.

 

 

SWC Webinar with TPL on Decision Support Tools for Source Water Protection

swc_logoOn Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (eastern), the Source Water Collaborative (SWC) will host a free webinar with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) entitled, “Multi-Purpose Decision Support Systems for Source Water Protection Strategies.” The purpose of this webinar is to demonstrate the use of decision support tools and multi-purpose landscape analysis systems that can strengthen the ability of water suppliers to develop land protection strategies that address threats to drinking water sources. During the webinar, Fred Gifford will demonstrate various GIS-based tools that TPL has developed, explain their data layers, and describe specific applications of this information. State, interstate, tribal, and federal water programs, municipalities, water utilities, land use advocates, and technical assistance providers are encouraged to participate, along with anyone else who would like to attend. For more information and to register, GO HERE.

ASDWA – USGS Webinar on Chemical and Microbial Contaminants in Drinking Water

On September 5, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (eastern), ASDWA will host a webinar with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) entitled, “Understanding Chemical and Microbial Contaminants in Drinking Water:  Raw, Treated, and Tap Water.” The webinar will be presented in three segments to address key issues and questions of drinking water quality. The segments include:

  1. The USGS groundwater quality assessments in 11 principal drinking water aquifers across the US.
  2. The EPA and USGS collaborative effort to provide a more robust dataset on a wide range of chemical and microbial contaminants present in source and treated waters, along with a case example from a participating water utility in Massachusetts.
  3. The USGS partnership effort to quantify tap water exposure pathways in public and private water supplies.

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit ASDWA’s website.

Updated USGS Ground Water Quality Mapper

usgsThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Quality Program has updated its interactive web tool that maps decadal changes in groundwater quality across the nation. The web tool, Decadal Change in Groundwater Quality, now includes more groundwater well networks and data analyzed over a longer time span. In the update, groundwater quality data were added for an additional 218 wells in 6 well networks, increasing the number of wells to 1,718 and the number of well networks to 73.  Additionally, data for 14 well networks resampled during 2012–14 were incorporated, allowing the user to visualize changes across three roughly decadal sampling events for those networks since the 1990s.

Users of the web tool can easily visualize changes in both inorganic and organic constituent concentrations in groundwater, including chloride, nitrate, several pesticides, and some drinking-water disinfection byproducts. The website also includes a description of the methods used to evaluate changes in groundwater quality and a link to the complete set of data. For additional information on the groundwater-quality web tool, or for data and methods used, contact Bruce Lindsey (blindsey@usgs.gov).

RFP Now Open for Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program

RFP Now Open for Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant ProgramThe 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open for the Healthy Watersheds Consortium (HWC) Grant Program. The HWC is a partnership between the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, EPA, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Up to $1.2 million is available for projects that accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds (including drinking water watersheds) across the nation. The primary focus for proposals should be on the protection and stewardship of land in the watershed, rather than just water quality improvements. The due date for proposals is February 4, 2019. For more information, view the Request for Proposals for eligibility criteria; visit the HWC Grant Program website; and register for the informational webinar session on Wednesday, October 24, at 2:00 pm (eastern).

EPA WSD Water Quality Data Analysis Webinar — ASDWA’s Security Notes

Our colleagues in EPA’s Water Security Division (WSD) are hosting a webinar – Analysis of Online Water Quality Data – next month. DATE: August 14, 2018 TIME: 1:00-2:00PM (eastern) REGISTER: Click here The first half of this webinar will describe methods for conducting an exploratory analysis of historical water quality data collected from a water […]

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Stay Tuned for New USDA NWQI Drinking Water Protection Pilot Opportunity

nrcs_logo_largerASDWA has learned that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and EPA are making a change to the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) this year (for FY 2019) that includes a new pilot program specifically aimed at protecting drinking water supplies, including groundwater. The NWQI was launched in 2012 to reduce nonpoint sources of nutrients, sediment, and pathogens related to agriculture in small high-priority watersheds in each state. NWQI provides a way to accelerate voluntary, on-farm conservation investments and focused water quality monitoring and assessment resources where they can deliver the greatest benefits for clean water.  NRCS recently announced that it is updating and expanding NWQI for FY 2019 and has committed to funding the NWQI through 2023. While many of the fundamental components of the NWQI will remain in place for FY19, there are some notable changes in the FY19 NWQI bulletin and thinking ahead for NWQI in FY20.  In addition to continuing the current NWQI focus on addressing water bodies impaired under the Clean Water Act, NWQI will now include a component to protect surface and groundwater sources of drinking water.

This is a great new opportunity for state drinking water and source water protection programs that will be coordinated with NRCS State Conservationists to collaborate on proposing SWP areas and specific projects for the pilot. NRCS and EPA’s source water protection staff in cooperation with ACWA and ASDWA are working to develop guidance and resources for NRCS staff and state drinking water agencies to get the pilot underway.  An informational webinar is being planned and a date will be announced in the coming week.  Stay tuned for more information that will be coming soon!

AWWA Publishes New Water Utility Guide on USDA Tools for Source Water Protection

AWWAAWWA has published a new guide entitled, “USDA Tools to Support Source Water Protection.” The guide highlights opportunities for water systems to leverage USDA conservation programs to expand the effectiveness of community partnerships and protect drinking water sources. It includes an overview of nutrient challenges and SWP; seven specific actions for water utilities to get involved in agricultural conservation projects in their watersheds; information about USDA conservation programs including how to apply and who to contact; along with a variety of case studies and project examples; as well as information about how AWWA is working with members of Congress and other partners on the reauthorization of the 2018 Farm Bill to provide long-term support for source water protection. The seven actions in the guide emphasize that water utilities can:

  1. Help shape how conservation dollars are spent, focusing them on the greatest benefits to source water protection.
  2. Foster mutual trust and understanding between water systems and farmers, encouraging constructive problem-solving.
  3. Make progress on specific source water concerns by focusing on practices that will best address them.
  4. Save on treatment costs or delay or avoid installing additional treatment.
  5. Reduce risks to their water supplies.
  6. Increase public confidence in both water and agricultural sectors.
  7. Leverage every dollar they contribute through NRCS and other partners.

For more information, view and download the guide HERE.