The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System guidelines protect water quality by measuring pollutants and stopping them at the source. (Photo credit: Shutterstock/BMJ)

Tallying the Costs of Stormwater Pollution

In the 1980s, the EPA conducted a Nationwide Urban Runoff Program study to determine the extent to which urban runoff contributed to water quality problems and to evaluate practices for controlling urban runoff. The NURP study recommended that urban stormwater runoff be added to the list of environmental issues which require controls to protect water quality.

Clean Water Protection Rule

Release of the Final Clean Water Protection Rule

The final rule is the result of extensive consultation with the public, local communities, state agencies, federal agencies, businesses, farmers, fishermen, tribes, and conservation groups, including American Rivers. The final Clean Water Protection Rule simultaneously addresses the concerns of stakeholders while also providing important protections for streams and wetlands across the United States.

Trout Unlimited, the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s trout and salmon and their watersheds, applauded the announcement Wednesday. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Mike Groll)

BREAKING: The EPA Just Protected Drinking Water for Millions of Americans

The Waters of the United States rule, developed by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, offers protection to two million miles of streams and 20 million acres of wetlands that, until now, were not clearly designated under the Clean Water Act.

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Environmentalists threaten to sue over Gallatin plant

Conservation groups have filed initial paperwork to sue the Tennessee Valley Authority, contending that harmful pollutants have been seeping from 55-year-old coal ash storage ponds at the Gallatin power plant and into drinking water. The groups say that TVA violated the Clean Water Act by allowing pollutants such as arsenic and cadmium into the Cumberland River and other surface and groundwater sources near the coal-fired power plant.


Toxic brew that Indiana’s Grand Calumet River carries to Lake Michigan – The Grand Calumet’s road to recovery

The sediment on the bottom of the Grand Calumet River in Northwest Indiana provides a toxic record of the region’s history going back more than a century.


Groups stand up for Clean Water Act in West Virginia factory farm suit.

A coalition of local and national public interest organizations have asked a federal court for permission to participate in a legal action that will decide when Clean Water Act restrictions apply to the release of pollutants in animal manure into local waterways used for recreation, drinking and to support nearby communities


Enforcing clean water a struggle – critics call for stricter oversight of state’s waterways.

The board in charge of enforcing the Clean Water Act has written hundreds of permits and issued more than $30 million in penalties since 1985.


U.S. and Mississippi announce clean water act agreement with the city of Jackson.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced today a comprehensive Clean Water Act settlement with the city of Jackson, Miss. Jackson has agreed to make improvements to its sewer systems to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage and unauthorized bypasses of treatment at the Savanna Street Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), the city’s largest wastewater treatment facility. When wastewater systems overflow, they can release untreated sewage and other pollutants into local waterways, threatening water quality and contributing to beach closures and disease outbreaks.


Mixed reviews for US clean water act

When the United States’ landmark Clean Water Act (CWA) was signed into law in 1972, the nation’s waterways and coastlines were in crisis. Oily debris in the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, had notoriously caught fire several times.


Water news: Clean Water Act turns 40.

As supporters of the Clean Water Act celebrate its 40th anniversary this week, conservation groups are warning voters across the U.S. not to take their clean water for granted.


What is fracking? 5 Facts about fracking every family needs to know.

Fracking facts 1.Natural gas is not clean. 2. Fracking chemicals are extremely dangerous. 3. Natural gas drilling turns clean country air to smog. 4. Fracking releases uranium. 5. Fracking affects everyone.


Drinking water pollution news: Chemical contamination of our drinking water sources. Chemical facts.

This is the Priority Pollutants List from the EPA. STW™ suspects that since there are 80,000 to 100,000 chemicals in commercial use in the U.S. and worldwide, that there are thousands more chemicals in our water that we don’t even know are there or test for.

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