Salmon Falls Collaborative is a 2012 U.S. Water Prize Winner!

On February 21, the Clean Water America Alliance announced six winners of the 2012 U.S. Water Prize for watershed-based approaches that innovate, integrate, and educate toward water sustainability.  Per the announcement, the selection of the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative as one of the U.S. Water Prize winners highlights the importance of inter-jurisdictional partnerships to protect and sustain drinking water supplies. This inter-state collaborative between Maine and New Hampshire unites local, state and federal partners to protect forests and reduce stormwater pollution from anticipated development.  Congratulations to Andy Tolman of the Maine Drinking Water Program and Paul Susca of the New Hampshire Drinking Water Program for their efforts in jumpstarting the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative!  For more information about the Collaborative, visit http://www.wellsreserve.org/blog/32-salmon_falls_watershed_collaborative.

 

The Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative is one of six water champions selected for the U.S. Water Prize.  The other prize winners include:  PepsiCo Frito-Lay, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Philadelphia Water Department, Project WET Foundation, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.  All of the winners will be honored in a special ceremony on Monday, April 23, 2012, in Washington, DC.  For more information about the prize, visit http://www.cleanwateramericaalliance.org/2012/02/21/2012-u-s-water-prize-winners-announced/.

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EPA CRWU Adaptation Strategies Guide Now Available

EPA has just released its new Adaptation Strategies Guide as part of the Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative.  The guide was developed to assist drinking water and wastewater utilities in gaining a better understanding of what climate change-related impacts they may face in their region and what adaptation strategies can be used to prepare their system for those impacts.  The Guide contains easy-to-understand climate science and information, utility adaptation case studies, as well as an adaptation planning worksheet.
The information provided in the Guide will help jump start the adaptation planning process at drinking water and wastewater utilities that may not have started to consider climate change impacts or adaptation.  It can also be used by any group or organization that is interested in learning about water sector climate challenges.

To view the guide, visit EPA’s website at:  http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/climate/index.cfm#asg
If you have questions or would like more information, please send an email to CRWUhelp@epa.gov.

Now Available Online – GWPC/ASDWA Webinar on Using Clean Water Act Funding for Source Water Protection

The January 19, 2012 GWPC/ASDWA Source Water Webinar: Using Clean Water Act Funding for Source Water Protection is now available online.


To download the presentations and a video of the webinar, visit: http://www.gwpc.org/source_water/swp.htm.  The presentations include:

Introduction and Overview – Dan Yates (GWPC) and Deirdre Mason (ASDWA)

319 Nonpoint Source Program – Lynda Hall (EPA)

Clean Water SRF (CWSRF) Program – Stephanie Von Feck (EPA)

CWSRF  funding for land conservation – Matt Zeiper and Kelley Hart (The Trust for Public Land)

State Drinking Water and Clean Water Program Coordination – Kitty Weisman (Washington State)

Additionally, you may want to view this link to EPA’s 319 Success Stories at: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/success319/.