Four News Items on Source Water and Sustainability

Following are four articles from today’s ASDWA Weekly Update newsletter that you should find interesting and useful for your work.

State Source Water and Land Use Project Updates

The project team of The Trust for Public Land, Smart Growth Leadership Institute, ASDWA, and River Network have new information to share about six of the eight source water and land use demonstration projects that have been completed to date.  To find out more about these demonstration projects that took place in Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, North Carolina, Oregon, and Utah, visit the web site at: landuseandwater.org.  There, you can find a one page summary for each of the completed state demonstration projects with links to their final reports.  Information about the next two state projects in Missouri and New York will be added after they are completed, by summer 2012.

News from the USGS Cooperative Water Program

New this quarter is a revised web page for the Cooperative Water Program (http://water.usgs.gov/coop ).  You may learn about and directly access water data on streams, groundwater and water quality, as well as selected products released in 2011 on water availability, ecosystem health, water quality and drinking water, water hazards, energy, and climate. Featured, for example, are the following:

  • study and model, developed in cooperation with the City of Newport News Waterworks, on effects of possible future sea-level rise on increasing salinity in southeastern Virginia tributaries to Chesapeake Bay.

For questions on specific studies or USGS programs in individual States, please contact the USGS Water Science Director in the respective State by clicking on the “map” in the right hand corner or toggle box in the left sidebar.   Comments and feedback on the Cooperative Water Program and/or on the new web page are welcome (email: pahamilt@usgs.gov).

New Studies Improve Understanding of the Hydrogeology and Groundwater Quality of Southwest Basin-fill Aquifers

Recent studies by USGS’ National Water-Quality Assessment Program provide information about the hydrogeology and groundwater quality of unconsolidated basin-fill aquifers in the arid to semiarid Southwest, and of the natural and human factors that affect the water quality in these aquifers.  Results are available in two reports describing:  (1) hydrologic and groundwater-quality conditions in 15 Southwest basins (available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1781/); and (2) regional conceptual models of the natural and human factors affecting groundwater quality across these basins (available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2011/5020/). Study basins are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.

Information presented in the reports can serve as a resource and foundation for those interested in the hydrogeology and groundwater quality of basin-fill aquifers in the southwestern United States. A related report describing statistical models of nitrate and arsenic occurrence is planned for release in 2012.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Thiros (sthiros@usgs.gov; 801-908-5063).

WaterSense Partners of the Year Recognized for Dedication to Water Efficiency

EPA has recognized five organizations and one individual as the 2011 WaterSense Partners of the Year.  More than 2,200 partners make WaterSense labeled products and new homes more affordable and easy to find, including the six Partners of the Year who have shown outstanding contributions to water-efficiency.  WaterSense partners nationwide are manufacturing and selling a range of products, supporting green jobs, and promoting the protection of water resources.  WaterSense recognized partners in each of the following sectors — award winners shown in parenthesis:  Promotional Partner (Cobb County [GA] Water System); Manufacturer Partner (Delta Faucet Company); Retailer Partner (The Home Depot); Builder Partner (KB Home); Licensed Certification Provider for WaterSense Labeled New Homes (Energy Inspectors Corporation); and Irrigation Partner (Christopher Curry).

For more information on the Partners of the Year and Excellence Award winners, visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/partners/watersense_awards.html

For more information on EPA’s WaterSense partnership program, visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/

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