EPA Releases Report on Progress Made to Reduce Water Pollution from Nonpoint Sources 

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EPA has released the first-ever national snapshot of the Agency’s work to reduce water pollution from nonpoint sources, which affect more than 80 percent of the country’s assessed rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs.  Through the strong state, tribal, and territorial partnerships built through EPA’s Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program, more than 6,000 miles of streams and 164,000 acres of lakes have been removed from EPA’s impaired waters list.

The report found that EPA’s 319 grants are a catalyst toward water quality improvement—of 538 water bodies with documented water quality improvement, states reported a total $1.78 billion of funding was provided for restoration work. Of that amount, $13% ($238 million) is attributed to Section 319 funding.  EPA’s Nonpoint Source Program Report highlights other major accomplishments and offers a glimpse of the more than 2,000 nonpoint source projects underway across the country, including a variety of projects located in drinking water supply areas.

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