EPA – New App and website lets users check health of waterways anywhere in the U.S.EPA October news releases – water issues

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Article courtesy of Julia P. Valentine | October 18, 2012 | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Shared as educational material only

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Available at http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, the How’s My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation’s water resources. Forty years later, EPA is providing citizens with a technology-based tool to expand that stewardship.

“America’s lakes, streams and rivers are national treasures. Communities and neighborhoods across the U.S. want to know that their local lakes, rivers and streams are healthy and safe to enjoy with their families,” said Nancy Stoner, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “This new app provides easy, user-friendly access to the health of a waterway, whether it is safe for swimming and fishing, and what is being done about any reported problems. People can get this information whether researching at a desktop or standing streamside looking at a smart phone.”

How It Works

• SEARCH: Go to http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway and allow GPS-technology to identify the nearest streams, rivers or lakes or enter a zip code or city name.

• RESULTS: Instantly receive a list of waterways within five miles of the search location. Each waterway is identified as unpolluted, polluted or unas­sessed. A map option offers the user a view of the search area with the results color-coded by assessment status.

• DISCOVER: Once a specific lake, river or stream is selected, the How’s My Waterway app and website provides information on the type of pollution reported for that waterway and what has been done by EPA and the states to reduce it. Additional reports and technical information is available for many waterways. Read simple descriptions of each type of water pollutant, including pollutant type, likely sources and potential health risks.

• MORE: Related links page connects users to popular water information on beaches, drinking water and fish and wildlife habitat based on a user’s search criteria.

EPA October news releases – water issues

10/18/2012 save the water New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.
10/17/2012  save the water U.S. EPA awards Arizona more than $27 million to improve water quality, protect public health / Hundreds of millions in funding provided to Arizona since 1990
10/17/2012  save the water EPA Awards $6.5 Million for Ten Projects to Restore
San Francisco Bay Water Quality and Habitats
10/17/2012  save the water EPA Provides New York State $218 Million for Clean Water Projects
10/17/2012  save the water EPA Provides New Jersey $78 Million for Clean Water Projects
10/17/2012  save the water EPA Provides Puerto Rico $46 Million for Clean Water Projects
10/16/2012  save the water U.S. EPA Honors Fresno State’s WET Center
10/16/2012  save the water U.S. EPA, Calif. State University, Fresno Collaborate to Engage Students in Environmental Careers
10/16/2012  save the water EPA Finalizes Cleanup Plan for Shenandoah Road Superfund Site in East Fishkill, New York
10/15/2012  save the water Fire Extinguished at Hillcrest Industries Work Will Continue to Ensure Piles Do Not Reignite
10/11/2012  save the water EPA and TDEC Recognize Tennessee Water and Wastewater Utilities for Energy Savings
10/10/2012  save the water EPA Providing $3 Million to Advance Green Solutions for Reducing Philadelphia Stormwater Pollution
10/10/2012  save the water EPA Awards $214,000 to Reduce Sources of Ocean Pollution
10/10/2012  save the water EPA Issues Cleanup Decision for Woonasquatucket River in Rhode Island
10/10/2012  save the water TOMORROW: EPA and TDEC to Recognize Tennessee Water and Wastewater Utilities for Energy Savings
10/05/2012  save the water EPA and TDEC to Recognize Tennessee Water and Wastewater Utilities for Energy Savings
10/04/2012  save the water Lowe’s Among EPA’s WaterSense Partners of the Year
Help Americans Save Water, Money on Utility Bills
10/04/2012  save the water Home Depot Honored for Educating Employees About WaterSense
Helping Americans Save Water, Money on Utility Bills
10/04/2012  save the water EPA Awards Grants to Protect Women and Children from Mercury in Great Lakes Fish
10/04/2012  save the water EPA Awards Grant to Protect Women and Children from Mercury in Lake Superior Fish
10/04/2012  save the water WaterSense Partners of the Year Help Americans Save Water, Money on Utility Bills
10/04/2012  save the water Sterling, Conn. Horse Facility to Restore 11+ Acres of Wetlands, Resolving Clean Water Act Violations
10/03/2012  save the water EPA Finalizes Cleanup Plan for Diaz Chemical Superfund Site; $12 Million Spent to Date
10/02/2012  save the water EPA Awards Nearly $1 Million to Protect Virginia’s Wetlands and Aquatic Ecosystems
10/02/2012  save the water EPA Announces $1.4 Million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Help Tackle Invasive Species in New York
10/01/2012  save the water Settlement with Suiza Dairy Corporation For Violations at Facilities in Puerto Rico Will Make Facilities Safer, Benefit Nearby Communities
10/01/2012  save the water Settlement Reached With Mobile Home Park Owners over Drinking Water and Waste Water Violations
10/01/2012  save the water EPA Releases Plan to Address PCB Contamination in the Grasse River in Massena, New York; Public Urged to Submit Comments No Later Than November 15


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