States Develop Strategies to Reduce Nutrient Levels in Mississippi River & Gulf of Mexico

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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States that make up the Hypoxia Task Force are working together to reduce nutrient levels nearby waterways

The 12 U.S. states of the Hypoxia Task Force have devised new strategies to speed up reduction of nutrient levels in waterways in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin. High nutrient levels are a key contributor each summer to the large area of low oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico known as a dead zone. Each state has outlined specific actions it will take to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin from wastewater plants, industries, agriculture and storm water runoff. 

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February 13, 2015
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States Develop Strategies to Reduce Nutrient Levels in Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico

Draft Contaminant Candidate List Published

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA publishes its fourth Draft Contaminant Candidate List

To ensure continued protection of public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published for public review and comment a draft list of contaminants that are not currently regulated in drinking water, but may require regulations in the future under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The agency will evaluate and consider the public comments on developing the final Draft Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 4) and suggestions for improvements to the process for future CCLs.

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February 12, 2015

EPA to Launch Water Finance Center

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The White House Office of the Press Secretary
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The Water Finance Center is part of the Obama administration's Build America Investment Initiative

The Obama administration announced on Jan. 16, 2015, new steps federal agencies are taking to bring private sector capital and expertise to bear on improving U.S. roads, bridges and broadband networks.

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January 16, 2015
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EPA Publishes Microbial Risk Assessment Framework for Waterborne Pathogens

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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A variety of scientifically defensible documents can be downloaded from EPA’s website

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing information to assist risk assessors and scientists in the development of rigorous and scientifically defensible risk assessments for waterborne pathogens.

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January 8, 2015

PWQA Hosts Legislative Days in Sacramento

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Pacific Water Quality Assn.
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The event brings together experts and policy makers to lobby for the water improvement industry

Dates for the Pacific Water Quality Assn. (PWQA) Legislative Days have been announced. These events are an opportunity to meet legislators in the company of PWQA members and its lobbyists.

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January 7, 2015

EPA Grant Allocated to Protect New Mexico’s Water

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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The grant will go toward implementing, maintaining and evaluating water systems in the state

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided New Mexico with a $605,300 grant to protect drinking water in the state earlier this month. The grant will go toward implementing, maintaining and evaluating water systems in the state.

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December 31, 2014

Virginia's Approach to Improving Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay Wins Federal Support

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Program to serve as a model for similar programs across the country

Virginia’s approach to improving water quality in Chesapeake Bay gained recognition from several federal agencies, which dubbed it “an innovative, market-based approach” that will “serve as a model for similar programs across the country.”

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December 26, 2014

Natural Gas Company to Pay Penalty Under Clean Water Act

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy to pay $2.3 million for alleged violations of state law asserted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that XTO Energy Inc, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil and the nation’s largest holder of natural gas reserves, will spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations.

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December 25, 2014

WaterSense Releases Draft Specification for Flushometer Valve Toilets

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA estimates about 28%, or 7.6 million, of flushometer valve toilets installed across the country flush at volumes higher than the federal standard

To help commercial, institutional and industrial facilities save water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense program released a draft specification for water-efficient flushometer valve toilets.

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December 19, 2014

Federal Budget Includes $2.6 Million for National Ground-Water Monitoring Network

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The funding will support additional work by USGS to manage the groundwater network

Congress last week passed $1.1 trillion in spending that contains $2.6 million for the implementation of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN).

On Dec. 16, President Obama signed the bill funding the federal government through fiscal year 2015.

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December 19, 2014
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