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  • ATSDR Brownfield/Land Reuse Initiative. ATSDR Dose Calculator. The ATSDR Dose Calculator is a computer program that allows users to computer the amount of a toxic substance an individual may be exposed to (dose). Users of this tool can select from air, soil, water, or fish consumption scenarios; customize exposure parameters; and review ATSDR and EPA health comparison values, among other features. PDF Version (2 pp, 409K, About PDF)
  • Beach Advisory Beaches are a place to play, watch wildlife, fish, and swim. With beaches giving us so much, we have to protect them from a variety of potential problems. We can help you plan a trip to the beach, learn about beaches and the issues around them, and understand how we protect beaches.
  • Case Studies of Local Source Water Protection Programs Examples of good local source water protection programs. These case studies represent a variety of approaches to protecting sources of drinking water supplies for a diverse group of communities that differ in size, geography, economic and social characteristics, and type of source water used (surface water, ground water, or both). What they have in common is a fairly comprehensive approach to source water protection that reflects a strong commitment to safeguarding the publics health. Communities interested in moving to source water protection can use them as references in designing their own programs...
  • Cleaning Up Polluted Runoff with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (PDF) (4 pp, 725K, About PDF) Cleaning Up Polluted Runoff with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Fact sheet that provides an overview on financing runoff-related projects with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). It explains how the SRFs work and provides some brief examples of the kinds of projects that different states have funded (EPA 832-F-03-004).
  • Consider The Source: A Pocket Guide to Protecting Your Drinking Water: Drinking Water Pocket Guide #3 (PDF) (52 pp, 1,359K, About PDF) The Guide is a pocket-sized outreach and assistance publications designed to heighten public awareness of the importance of protecting source waters used for drinking water. It includes a discussion of CWA- and SDWA-based regulatory and voluntary resources, tools, and management measures available to States and local governments and consumers, as well as accessible financing sources for enhancing existing protection programs and future plans. The Guide also includes discussions of integrating UIC program efforts with the Source Water Assessment and Protection Programs, milestones for completion of source water assessments and transitioning to protection, and available Best Management Practices for source water protection areas.
  • EPA's Annotated Bibliography of Source Water Materials EPA has developed a bibliography of materials on Source Water Protection (SWP). This extensive list of available materials covers a variety of topics of interest to SWP planners, including source water assessment and protection, Best Management Practices, wellhead protection, Underground Injection Control, CWA/SDWA integration, security, and funding.
  • EPA's Office of Compliance and Enforcement's Multimedia Data Systems and Tools The website offers systems and tools that provide enforcement and compliance data. The tools listed on this site are suitable for a technical audience. Some of the tools offer more general information, such as facility information. Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) is a Web-based tool that provides public access to compliance and enforcement information for approximately 800,000 EPA-regulated facilities.
  • EPA's Volunteer (Water) Monitoring Program EPA's Office of Water encourages all citizens to learn about their water resources and supports volunteer monitoring because of its many benefits. This website provides information on EPA's Volunteer (Water) Monitoring Program. It also provides links to a variety of guidance document and manuals on how to conduct volunteer monitoring of estuary, lakes, and wetlands.
  • EnviroMapper for Superfund EnviroMapper, lists Superfund sites on the National Priority List (NPL), rivers, watershed, streets, schools and other information. Select a geographic area within EnviroMapper and view the different facilities that are present within that area. Create maps at the national, state, and county levels, and link them to environmental text reports.
  • Envirofacts Data Warehouse Envirofacts provides direct access to the information contained in EPA's databases. Envirofacts allows the public to retrieve data from many of the Agency data systems, develop online queries, create reports, and map results.
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Atmospheric Deposition: A Handbook for Watershed Managers The purpose of this handbook is to provide information about what atmospheric deposition is, how it can be measured, and how the significance of the problem may be determined for a particular area. This publication was originally written for watershed manages, but contains useful information on how air pollutants can affect aquatic systems that could be useful for a variety of audiences.
  • Getting In Step: A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach CampaignsThe purpose of this guide is to provide the tools needed to develop and implement an effective outreach campaign as part of a state or local water quality improvement effort. Whether you're charged with developing a watershed management plan to restore impaired waters or protecting your local water resources for the future, this guide will help you understand the importance of reaching out to people and motivating them to act. PDF Version (136 pp, 3.27MB, About PDF)
  • Guide for Industrial Waste Management Chapter 6: Protecting Surface Water This chapter introduces the methods used to determine the quality and health of surface waters. It then identifies and describes surface water protection programs applicable to waste management units. A separate explanation helps in understanding the fate and transport of pollutants and applies this knowledge to protecting surface waters. This chapter also describes how complying with applicable regulations, implementing storm-water controls, and identifying best management practices (BMPs) to control storm water can help protect surface waters.
  • Heat Island Effect The term "heat island" describes built up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. Heat islands can affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality. This website provides information on the heat island effect, its impacts, and actions that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures.
  • Monitoring and Assessing Water Quality: Biological Assessment Biological assessments are evaluations of the condition of waterbodies using surveys and other direct measurements of resident biological organisms (macroinvertebrates, fish, and plants). Biological assessment results are used to answer the question of whether waterbodies support survival and reproduction of desirable fish, shellfish, and other aquatic species -- in other words, if the waterbodies meet their designated aquatic life uses.
  • MyEnvironment This website allows users to easily access comprehensive information about air, land, and water by entering a zip code. The "site" integrates environmental data with local geographical features by pulling together information from several EPA databases.
  • Non Point Source Toolbox A set of web-based resources to help communities develop an effective and targeted outreach campaign
  • Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff (PDF) (2 pp, 241K, About PDF) Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff fact sheet explains how urbanized areas affect water quality through increased runoff and pollutant loads and what homeowners can do to prevent stormwater pollution (EPA 841-F-03-003)
  • Reducing Pesticide Risks EPA gives priority in its registration program for conventional chemical pesticides to pesticides that meet reduced risk criteria: low-impact on human health, low toxicity to non-target organisms (birds, fish, and plants), low potential for groundwater contamination, lower use rates, low pest resistance potential, and compatibility with Integrated Pest Management. This website provides information on health and safety issues pertinent to pesticide application and usage, how to reduce pesticide risk, and how to protect your children.
  • Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) Software RSEI is a screening tool that compares toxic chemicals released to the environment from industrial sources using Toxics Release Inventory data. You can examine rankings and trends, and set priorities for further action. Information can be sorted in numerous ways such as by chemical, media, geographic areas, etc.
  • Source Water Protection Local Government Resources This EPA web site connects you to information on source water protection that is available from a number of local government organizations. Although the information was developed to help local government officials much of it can be useful to the general public.
  • Source Water Protection Practices Bulletins EPA has published a series of fact sheets on best management practices (BMP) for activities that are likely to impact the sources of water used as drinking water. Each bulletin discusses how particular activities can be managed in such a way as to prevent contamination of drinking water. Fact sheets cover the following topics: highway deicing, storm water runoff, septic systems, vehicle washing, pet and wildlife waste, applications of fertilizers and pesticides, and many more.
  • Source Water Stewardship: A Guide to Protecting and Restoring Your Drinking Water Exit EPA Disclaimer The Clean Water Fund, Clean Water Network, and the Campaign for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water have partnered and are working with EPA to promote drinking water source protection. This handbook walks through a process for understanding recently completed assessments that provide information about the source of drinking water in your community, and includes a Quick Start Action List that will help you get involved with protecting and restoring your community's source of drinking water using the assessment.
  • Stormwater Pollution Found in Your Area! (PDF) (2 pp, 97K, About PDF) Door hangers provide a friendly reminder to keep trash, chemicals, and other pollutants out of storm drains. For use by stormwater inspectors and other local officials, in conjunction with illicit discharge elimination systems (EPA 833-F-03-002).
  • Take the Stormwater Challenge (PDF) (1 pg, 1020K , About PDF) Customizable Version. Placemat: "Take the Stormwater Challenge" Provides a fun learning opportunity for middle school children and can be used to generate classroom discussion or further exploration of water pollution issues (EPA 841-H-03-002).
  • Tribal Communities Climate and Energy Information The Tribal Communities Climate and Energy Information page is a resource for tribal communities interested in implementing climate change mitigation and energy management projects that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, spur economic development and reduce the impacts of climate change on economic and cultural sustainability.
  • Underground Storage Tanks This website is all about Underground Storage Tanks. In 1983, the CBS program 60 Minutes aired a story called "Check the Water", which brought national attention to families suffering from the effects of gasoline leaking from underground storage tanks at gas stations and other places. Less than a year later, on November 8, 1984, President Reagan signed into law legislation designed to protect the public from these petroleum releases. This website contains information on regulations, guidance, and program activities; links to "where you live"; policy guidance, compliance assistance, etc.
  • Water Efficient Landscaping (PDF) (20 pp, 1685K, About PDF) Water Efficient Landscaping is a booklet that describes the benefits of water-efficient, low-impact landscaping. It includes examples of successful projects, programs, and contacts (EPA 832-F-02-002)
  • Watershed Academy Webcasts Free on-line seminars offered on key topics in watershed management, including technical tools, sustainable financing, and other helpful topics. Archives are also posted and available as podcasts.
  • Watershed Approach Framework This publication explains EPA's vision for watershed approaches; its guiding principles; how to implement the approaches; and the benefits. It also links to some watershed projects and funding
  • Watershed Atlas Exit EPA Disclaimer The Watershed Atlas is a catalog of geo-spatial displays and analyses of information and data important for watershed protection and restoration. You can use the catalog by geography, theme, key word, source/organization, and age of source data (under construction). Or search it using your words.
  • Watershed Central and Wiki Centralized information about watershed management tools that are continually updated by the EPA and community groups
  • Watershed Ecological Risk Assessment The Watershed Academy has incorporated a training module on watershed ecological risk assessment, developed by EPA's Office of Research and Development and the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds. This on-line training module provides an interactive and colorful approach to learning about watershed ecological risk assessment.
  • Watershed Management Case Study Success Stories This Section 319 Nonpoint Source Success Stories Web site features stories about primarily nonpoint source-impaired waterbodies where restoration efforts have led to documented water quality improvements.
  • Watershed Plan Builder This site provides information and tools developed by EPA to assist with the development and implementation of effective watershed management plans. It is designed for people who are involved in watershed management activities. These activities include the development and implementation of watershed plans, the analysis of data, and the implementation of management practices.

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