Drinking water news: EPA provides $950,000 to improve water quality using green infrastructure in 17 communities.

Posted in: Drinking Water News, Uncategorized, Water Contamination
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

[four_fifth][one_fifth]

News Brief
Vol.III
No.203
July 24
2012


The material posted is
courtesy of
Contact Information:
Davina Marraccini,
(404) 562-8293,
Save the Water™
Water Research
Education Dept.
and is shared as
educational material only

 



Contaminated drinking Water

 


 
 
 

Rating for savethewater.org

[/one_fifth][four_fifth_last]

EPA provides $950,000 to improve water quality using green infrastructure in 17 communities.

$50,000 each awarded to cities of Atlanta, Ga. and Beaufort, S.C.

(ATLANTA – July 24, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is providing $950,000 to help 17 communities expand green infrastructure use to improve water quality and protect people’s health and benefit communities. The City of Atlanta, Ga., and the City of Beaufort, S.C., were among those selected for funding, and each received $50,000 grants.

Green infrastructure uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls, keeping polluted stormwater from entering sewer systems and waterways in local communities. The EPA funding is intended to increase incorporation of green infrastructure into stormwater management programs, protect water quality, and provide community benefits including job creation and neighborhood revitalization.

“Effective stormwater management is one of the most widespread challenges to water quality in the nation,” said Nancy Stoner, EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Water. “Polluted stormwater can be harmful to the health of our nation’s waterbodies. These funds will help expand the use of green infrastructure, revitalize local neighborhoods and help safeguard people’s health and the environment.”

EPA is awarding the funds to diverse communities across 16 states. Some communities – like Beaufort, South Carolina and Neosho, Missouri – are small towns in urban growth areas interested in preserving and protecting their healthy waterways. Others – such as Camden, New Jersey and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – are large cities interested in adding green infrastructure into their redevelopment projects to restore degraded urban waters and help revitalize their communities. The selected communities also provide an opportunity to demonstrate the potential of green infrastructure across a range of climate zones.

Green infrastructure captures and filters pollutants by passing stormwater through soils and retaining it on site. Effective green infrastructure tools and techniques include green roofs, permeable materials, alternative designs for streets and buildings, trees, rain gardens and rain harvesting systems. Communities are increasingly using green infrastructure to supplement or substitute for single-purpose “gray” infrastructure investments such as pipes, filters, and ponds. The “green” alternative is often less expensive than structural solutions, and can help reduce costs of flooding in neighborhoods receiving the benefits.

In April 2011, EPA renewed its commitment to green infrastructure with the release of the “Strategic Agenda to Protect Waters and Build More Livable Communities through Green Infrastructure.” The agenda identifies community partnerships as one of five key activities that EPA will pursue to accelerate the implementation of green infrastructure and EPA announced partnerships with 10 “model communities”.

In February 2012, EPA announced the availability of $950,000 in technical assistance to a second set of partner communities to help overcome some of the most common barriers to green infrastructure. EPA received letters of interest from over 150 communities across the country.

  • How to navigate STW ™ postings:
    View monthly posting’s calendar, become a subscriber or obtain RSS feed by going to the bottom index of this page.
  • Explanation of Index:
  • This Months Postings: Calendar on left displays articles and pages posted on a given day.
  • Current and Archived Postings: Click on the month you want to view. Most current article for the month will appear at top of screen.
  • RSS Links : Obtain your RSS feeds.
  • Subscribe: Subscribe to postings by entering your e-mail address and confirming your e-mail.
  • Help Save the Water™ – click here.

    Water news archives. Table of contents – 150 articles – April~July 2012

    Supporting water research and the education program’s growth of Save the Water™ is vital to our future generation’s health, your funding is needed.

    [/four_fifth_last] [/four_fifth] [one_fifth_last]

    Rating for savethewater.org


    Fracking
  • Within 100 years: Our underground drinking water could be filled with toxic waste
  • Fracking mines spread quickly in U.S. / Fracking by country data included
  • Drinking Water Contamination
  • Camp Lejeune news: Effects of drinking water contamination due to tetrachloroethylene.
  • Drinking water contamination: Tap water disinfectants linked to birth defects.
  • Education Program
  • What are the facts about chloramines
  • Wastewater and antibiotic resistance
  • Archived Topics
  • Drinking Water Fears After Chemical Spill In North Bay
  • North Bay Ontario/Residents Evacuated, Driver Dead, In Contamination Rollover On Highway 63
  • What Are The Facts About (Bisphenol-A) / BPA, Water And Health Risks?

  • [/one_fifth_last]

    Want to Donate?
    Please contact us for gifts in kind - Mail your check to: P.O. Box 545934, Surfside, Fl 33154