Four Items of Interest from ASDWA’s Weekly Update

NRDC Issues Hydrofracturing Fact Sheet


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reinforced its concern about hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) with a new fact sheet on the oil and gas extraction process.  The fact sheet focuses on the potential for this process to contaminate drinking water supplies. NRDC points out three primary threats from surface activities associated with fracking, including depletion of water sources; spills and leaks of fracking chemicals and fluids; and mismanagement of fracking waste.  NRDC also describes four major sources of threats to ground water from fracking:  well construction, cementing, and casing; out-of-zone growth; neighboring oil and gas wells; and natural fracture networks.


NRDC opposes expanding fracking until there are adequate safeguards in place to protect drinking water sources from contamination. To minimize the risks, NRDC supports federal regulation of fracking under the Safe Drinking Water Act, regulation of oil and gas waste as hazardous wastes, and stronger standards and enforcement under the federal Clean Water Act and state laws.  The fact sheet outlines best practices the environmental organization recommends that oil and gas producers implement to reduce the risk to sources of drinking water.  To view the fact sheet go to


EPA Issues Clean Water SRF Green Project Reserve Highlights


EPA is releasing a suite of materials highlighting the innovative approaches states have used to successfully implement projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally-innovative activities using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s (CWSRF) Green Project Reserve.  The Green Project Reserve requires all CWSRF programs to direct a portion of their capitalization grant toward projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally-innovative activities. While these type of projects have always been eligible for CWSRF financing, the reserve originated with the American Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA) when it was signed into law on February 17, 2009. The reserve requirement has become a part of all subsequent CWSRF appropriations. For more information:


EPA Withdraws Proposal to Collect Information about Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations


EPA is withdrawing a proposed rule that would have required information to be submitted to the EPA about concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).  EPA will instead use existing federal, state, and local sources of information to gather data about CAFOs and help ensure that CAFOs are implementing practices that protect water quality. EPA also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Association of the Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) to facilitate the exchange of information. This collaborative effort will focus on identifying CAFOs and obtaining pertinent information about CAFOs on a state-by-state basis for use by both ACWA members and EPA.


EPA sought public comment on the proposal, and in light of comments received from states regarding the amount of CAFO information states already have and include as part of the CAFO permitting process, the Agency is withdrawing the proposal to collect CAFO information by rule.  More information is available at the following site:


Virtual Academy Webinar: Water Quality Standards 101


Please join us for the first Water Quality Standards Virtual Academy webinar: “Water Quality Standards 101.”  Water quality standards are the foundation of the water quality-based pollution control program mandated by the Clean Water Act. Water quality standards define the goals for a waterbody by designating its uses, setting criteria to protect those uses, and establishing provisions such as antidegradation policies to protect water bodies from pollutants. Learn how you can use water quality standards to protect water resources.  This webinar is aimed at states, territories, tribes, environmental groups, industrial groups, municipalities, the academic community, federal agencies, watershed groups and any other interested parties.


The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST.  Register here:


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