New England EFC Source Water Protection Webinar Next Week

NEEFC-logo-sq.jpgOn Thursday, October 25th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (eastern), the New England Environmental Finance Center (EFC) is hosting a webinar entitled “Working Together to Protect Your Drinking Water Source. During the webinar, participants will hear about a model for collaboration that the EFC has been developing based on lessons learned from water utilities working with land conservation groups to protect source waters. Then, a panel of experts from the Portland Water District will share their stories about the benefits of collaboration as well as how they overcame some challenges along the way. Register for the webinar here.



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Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program Webinars – Today and October 25th

431_HWC_logo2October 2nd Webinar on Oregon Project: Today, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (eastern), the Healthy Watershed Consortium (HWC) Grant Program will host a webinar with The Freshwater Trust to discuss the results of their project in the John Day Basin of Oregon. The webinar is entitled, “Investing in Sustainable Agriculture for Watershed Protection,” and will share information about their efforts to build a scalable framework to target, acquire and sustainably manage agricultural lands using resources from private investors. Register for the webinar here.

October 25th Webinar on Request for Proposals: This informational webinar on the 2019 HWC Request for Proposals is scheduled for Thursday, October 25th from 2:00 – 3:15 pm (eastern). Up to $1.2 million is available for grants and proposals are due by February 4, 2019. The webinar will be recorded and posted to view at your convenience on the HWC website. Register for the webinar here.

EFCN Webinar on Working Together to Protect Your Drinking Water Source 

smart mgmt small systems logoOn Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (eastern), the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) will host a webinar entitled, “Working Together to Protect Your Drinking Water Source.” The webinar is part of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems program that includes a variety of partners. During the webinar, panelists will share both the successes and lessons learned from getting outside their comfort zones and forging new collaborations between water utilities, land conservation agencies and land trusts, and municipalities and counties to protect drinking water sources facing development pressure. Register for the webinar here.

September 2018 Events to Promote Groundwater Protection

Protect your GW DayProtect Your Groundwater Day is September 4. This day provides a great opportunity to promote public health and environmental protection by getting involved and celebrating. State drinking water programs should consider sharing information about “Protect Your Groundwater Day” with your water utilities and citizens to create greater awareness about protecting this valuable resource. The National Ground Water Association has put together some free marketing materials to help you promote the event including social media messaging and tips for #PYGWD, a press release template, and logos, posters and graphics at

septicsmart_week_2018_save_date_010318SepticSmart Week is September 17-21. Each year, SepticSmart Week is held with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. This year, SepticSmart Week will be held from September 17-21. State drinking water programs and communities will want to use this opportunity to promote homeowner education and awareness and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options available to improve and sustain communities. Visit EPA’s website to download SepticSmart materials and a proclamation template, read about suggested events and activities, view highlights and case studies of community efforts across the nation, and join in the conversation on social media at #SepticSmartWeek.



SWC Webinar with TPL on Decision Support Tools for Source Water Protection

swc_logoOn Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (eastern), the Source Water Collaborative (SWC) will host a free webinar with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) entitled, “Multi-Purpose Decision Support Systems for Source Water Protection Strategies.” The purpose of this webinar is to demonstrate the use of decision support tools and multi-purpose landscape analysis systems that can strengthen the ability of water suppliers to develop land protection strategies that address threats to drinking water sources. During the webinar, Fred Gifford will demonstrate various GIS-based tools that TPL has developed, explain their data layers, and describe specific applications of this information. State, interstate, tribal, and federal water programs, municipalities, water utilities, land use advocates, and technical assistance providers are encouraged to participate, along with anyone else who would like to attend. For more information and to register, GO HERE.

RFP Now Open for Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program

RFP Now Open for Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant ProgramThe 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open for the Healthy Watersheds Consortium (HWC) Grant Program. The HWC is a partnership between the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, EPA, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Up to $1.2 million is available for projects that accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds (including drinking water watersheds) across the nation. The primary focus for proposals should be on the protection and stewardship of land in the watershed, rather than just water quality improvements. The due date for proposals is February 4, 2019. For more information, view the Request for Proposals for eligibility criteria; visit the HWC Grant Program website; and register for the informational webinar session on Wednesday, October 24, at 2:00 pm (eastern).

Stay Tuned for New USDA NWQI Drinking Water Protection Pilot Opportunity

nrcs_logo_largerASDWA has learned that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and EPA are making a change to the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) this year (for FY 2019) that includes a new pilot program specifically aimed at protecting drinking water supplies, including groundwater. The NWQI was launched in 2012 to reduce nonpoint sources of nutrients, sediment, and pathogens related to agriculture in small high-priority watersheds in each state. NWQI provides a way to accelerate voluntary, on-farm conservation investments and focused water quality monitoring and assessment resources where they can deliver the greatest benefits for clean water.  NRCS recently announced that it is updating and expanding NWQI for FY 2019 and has committed to funding the NWQI through 2023. While many of the fundamental components of the NWQI will remain in place for FY19, there are some notable changes in the FY19 NWQI bulletin and thinking ahead for NWQI in FY20.  In addition to continuing the current NWQI focus on addressing water bodies impaired under the Clean Water Act, NWQI will now include a component to protect surface and groundwater sources of drinking water.

This is a great new opportunity for state drinking water and source water protection programs that will be coordinated with NRCS State Conservationists to collaborate on proposing SWP areas and specific projects for the pilot. NRCS and EPA’s source water protection staff in cooperation with ACWA and ASDWA are working to develop guidance and resources for NRCS staff and state drinking water agencies to get the pilot underway.  An informational webinar is being planned and a date will be announced in the coming week.  Stay tuned for more information that will be coming soon!

AWWA Publishes New Water Utility Guide on USDA Tools for Source Water Protection

AWWAAWWA has published a new guide entitled, “USDA Tools to Support Source Water Protection.” The guide highlights opportunities for water systems to leverage USDA conservation programs to expand the effectiveness of community partnerships and protect drinking water sources. It includes an overview of nutrient challenges and SWP; seven specific actions for water utilities to get involved in agricultural conservation projects in their watersheds; information about USDA conservation programs including how to apply and who to contact; along with a variety of case studies and project examples; as well as information about how AWWA is working with members of Congress and other partners on the reauthorization of the 2018 Farm Bill to provide long-term support for source water protection. The seven actions in the guide emphasize that water utilities can:

  1. Help shape how conservation dollars are spent, focusing them on the greatest benefits to source water protection.
  2. Foster mutual trust and understanding between water systems and farmers, encouraging constructive problem-solving.
  3. Make progress on specific source water concerns by focusing on practices that will best address them.
  4. Save on treatment costs or delay or avoid installing additional treatment.
  5. Reduce risks to their water supplies.
  6. Increase public confidence in both water and agricultural sectors.
  7. Leverage every dollar they contribute through NRCS and other partners.

For more information, view and download the guide HERE.

EPA Webinar on Source Water Protection

downloadOn Tuesday, June 26, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm (eastern), EPA’s Office of Research and Development and Office of Water will hold a free webinar on Source Water Protection as part of the Small Systems Monthly Webinar Series. Presentations during the webinar will include:

  • Source Water Protection 101 and Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters (DWMAPS): This presentation by Kara Goodwin and Bo Williams of EPA will provide basic information about source water protection (from source water assessments to implementation and partnership building) and will showcase EPA’s DWMAPS tool, which can be used to update source water assessments and protection plans, prepare utilities for emergency situations, and support partnerships efforts.
  • Collaborating for Source Water Protection: This presentation by Kim Swan of the Clackamas River Water Providers (CRWP) in Oregon will discuss how the CRWP was formed, its mission and source water protection goals, current program efforts, and the benefits of working together to jointly fund projects and studies that would otherwise be too costly to fund individually.

State primacy agencies, tribes, community planners, technical assistance providers, academia, and water systems are encouraged to attend. For more information about EPA’s Monthly Small System Webinar Series and this webinar, visit the EPA website. Register for the webinar here.