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Water in the News

April 23, 2012


  • EPA to Host Web Conference on the Draft “National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change”
    EPA released the Draft “National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change” on April 2, 2012 for a 45-day public comment period.  As part of ongoing efforts to continue the public outreach process, EPA is hosting a web-based conference on May 3, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT.  This web conference will provide an opportunity to pose clarifying questions to EPA on aspects of the Draft 2012 Strategy document prior to the end of the public comment period on May 17, 2012.  For more information on the Draft “National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change” and how to participate in the web conference, visit the EPA Climate Change and Water Website.


  • Group says next farm bill should focus on runoff water pollution
    Des Moines Register
    Congress should address the growing problem of runoff from fields treated with fertilizer and manure in the next farm bill as efforts to improve water quality have become expensive and ultimately are unsustainable, a Washington research group said on Thursday.  A study from the Environmental Working Group focused on the states of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin where it said nutrient overload in surface and groundwater is a significant problem, leading to higher pollutant levels compared to the national average. Continue to full article.


Other News

  • 2012 CTIC Conservation In Action Tour
    The registration deadline is approaching for the Conservation Technology Information Center’s 2012 Conservation In Action Tour in the Mississippi Delta.  The conference will be held May 30-31 near Tunica, Mississippi. Visit the conference website for more details and to register.


  • Conclusion of the Fayetteville Shale Symposium
    Leslie B. Massey
    A copy of the program from the 2012 Fayetteville Shale Symposium is now available on the symposium website. If you are interested in receiving a copy of a specific presentation, please contact the presenter directly.  Presenter contact information is listed in the program.  These presentations will not be posted to the website.

  • EPA Updates Online WQS Handbook
    Jennifer Brundage
    EPA recently updated the web version of its Water Quality Standards Handbook to make it more user-friendly and improve transparency by providing links to EPA’s most recent policy documents.  The “updated information” boxes found throughout each chapter have been updated with new links, and documents referenced in the text are now hyperlinked.  No substantive edits to the text have been made to date, however EPA is making plans to update the text as well.

    EPA has also expanded its online water quality standards policy and guidance reference library to include currently relevant water quality standards policy and guidance documents.   The library is sortable by document title, issue date, topic, and EPA document number.

    The main SHPD website and water quality standards page have both been updated to direct users to the handbook and library, making the updated pages easier to find.

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