EPA Develops Handout Summarizing its Climate Change Adaptation Tools

EPA has developed a handout summarizing the tools developed by the agency for state, tribal, and local governments and others to adapt their clean water and drinking water programs to a changing climate. Tools include, among others, a Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map; a Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans; a Flood Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities; and a National Stormwater Calculator with Climate Scenarios.

Click here to download the handout.

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September 8th is Protect Your Groundwater Day

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) encourages every person to protect public health and the health of the environment by protecting groundwater and celebrating “Protect Your Groundwater Day” on September 8.  In the US, approximately 39 percent of the population regularly depends on groundwater.  This includes 38.5 million people who rely on private wells and 87.1 million people who rely on groundwater-supplied community water systems.  Protect Your Groundwater Day is an occasion for every citizen to ACT: Acknowledge the issue, Consider how it applies to you, then Take action. Following are some action steps individuals can take:

State drinking water programs should consider sharing information about Protect Your Groundwater Day with their water utilities and residents, as a means to create greater awareness about protecting this valuable resource.  For more information, visit the NGWA website at:  WellOwner.org. To learn more about groundwater’s importance to human health and the environment, watch NGWA’s Groundwater Is Cool video.

New Value of Water Education Campaign and Toolkit

The Value of Water Coalition has launched a new education campaign and toolkit entitled, “What’s the Value of Water?”  The campaign aims to shine a light on water — our most precious, but often invisible, resource. These education materials are available for free to any organization that is working to raise awareness about the importance of investment in water infrastructure and water resources.  The toolkit includes: billboards; outdoor advertisements; print advertisements; bill stuffers; conference banners; a water fact sheet and message guide; and shareable social media graphics.  To view and download the materials, visit the Value of Water Coalition website at: www.thevalueofwater.org.  Note:  Please review usage guidelines before publishing any materials.