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EnviroBytes, a Summary of Issues and Events for the Week Ending July 2, 2010

EPA ANNOUNCES STEP TOWARD ESTABLISHING RIGOROUS CHESAPEAKE BAY POLLUTION REDUCTION DIET

EPA accelerated its efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay by announcing draft allocations for nitrogen and phosphorus to meet Clean Water Act standards in the 64,000-square mile watershed and its tributaries. The allocations will help guide the various bay jurisdictions in completing their detailed implementation plans towards achieving the required pollution reductions. This effort will reduce the excess nutrients and sediment from agricultural operations, urban/suburban runoff, wastewater, airborne contaminants and other sources that affect bay water quality. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/chesapeakebaytmdl/

THIS WEEK'S HEALTHY WATERS WEB SITE INVITES INPUT ON EPA'S CHESAPEAKE BAY TMDL VIA WEBINAR  

EPA invites you and a special guest or two on the Bay TMDL via webinar. It's easy to connectThe next webinar is scheduled for Thursday, July 8 at 10 a.m.  There will be an update on Delaware's TMDL plan and how the state is moving ahead on a plan to meet reduced pollution levels.  Do you have suggestions on how EPA can get the word out about this novel initiative?  We look forward to your comments. Visit the Healthy Waters website at http://blog.epa.gov/healthywaters/

EPA TO HOLD INFORMATIONAL MEETING IN CANONSBURG, PA ON A RESEARCH STUDY ADDRESSING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING'S POTENTIAL IMPACT ON DRINKING WATER

Hydraulic fracturing (HF) is an increasingly common method to access Natural gas, but concerns are being raised about its impact on drinking water.  EPA is hosting informational meetings to draft a study plan to study the potential adverse impact of HF on drinking water.  One of the meetings (one of four nationwide) will be held July 22 from 6-10 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg, Pa. to plan and develop the study.  For more information on hydraulic fracturing, go to  http://www.epa.gov/safewater/uic/wells_hydrofrac.html

EPA'S WATERSENSE PROGRAM TO SAVE MONEY, WATER, ADD TO PRODUCT LIST

WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by EPA, has now added showerheads to its growing list of WaterSense water-efficient, cost-effective products such as toilets, bathroom faucets and new homes.  Showering accounts for 17 percent of all residential indoor water use (about 30 gallons per household per day). By using WaterSense certified showerheads, the average household could save more than 2,300 gallons of water per year. For more information, go to http://www.epa.gov/watersense/products/showerheads.html.

WEBSITE PROVIDES EDUCATORS/PARENTS WITH USEFUL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROJECT IDEAS

Need ideas for an environmental project to get students interested in ecology, energy conservation and saving the Earth?  The

 


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