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Water Success Stories

These success stories point out how we use indicators to measure our progress.

Chesapeake Bay Progress Report Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer- the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S., includes parts of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia and all of the District of Columbia

Combined Sewer Overflows - systems designed to collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater all in the same pipe

Drinking Water - public drinking water systems

Estuaries Program Coastal Conditions Report - looks at data collected by EPA and numerous stakeholders in the 28 estuaries in the National Estuary Program

Nonpoint Source Pollution - polluted runoff, comes from diffuse or scattered sources in the environment rather than from a defined outlet such as a pipe

Pretreatment - treating wastewater before it is discharged off-site

Schuylkill Action Network - Measures to Track Progress Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer - people and organizations working together to improve the water resources of the Schuylkill River watershed in Pennsylvania

Septic Systems for Small Communities - treating wastewater on-site or as part of a small cluster system

Stormwater - runoff from land and impervious areas such as streets, parking lots, and roofs during rain and snow events; regulated under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program

Sustainable Infrastructure - drinking water supply and wastewater systems

Underground Injection - the placement of fluids into the ground, often in wells

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