WaterRF Fact Sheet — Ebola: Not Waterborne Illness

Ebola is not a foodborne, waterborne, or airborne illness. The virus is transmitted to humans
from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with infected bodily fluids (e.g., blood, vomit,
feces).1,3 The Ebola virus can only replicate within host cells. Therefore, it cannot survive long
in water because it does not have its host — either a human or an animal.  See the Fact Sheet.

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EPA Proposed Waters of the US Rule Comment Period Extended (Again) to November 14th

EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) are extending the public comment period for the second time on the Proposed Waters of the US Rule to Friday, November 14, 2014.  The extension is being made to allow for the completion of the Scientific Advisory Board’s (SAB) peer review on the connectivity of streams and wetlands, and to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the SAB review.  EPA and the COE are continuing to meet with stakeholders during the comment period to explain the proposal, answer questions, and hold discussions.

Information about the proposed rule can be found at www.epa.gov/uswaters.

EPA and CEQ Launch Collaborative to Advance Green Infrastructure 

On October 8th, EPA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced the formation of a broad collaborative to advance the use of green infrastructure in communities across the country.  The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and academia to advance the adoption of green infrastructure to support water quality and community development goals.  More information about this initiative is available through the following link:  Learn more.