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Resources from the U.S. Geological Survey and Non-Governmental Organizations for Source Water Protection

This page provides information from the United States Geological Survery (USGS) and non-governmental organizations. These resources are useful for developing and implementing drinking water source protection plans.

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From Non-Governmental Organizations 

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  • American Water Works Association (AWWA): Conferences - Provides information and call for papers for conferences including those related to source water protection.
  • AWWA: Source Water Protection - Provides information on tools, issues, and developments related to source water protection for the water industry.
  • Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) - A trade association for state drinking water administrators which focuses on source water protection as a priority and addresses priority source water topics.
  • Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA): Source Water News - Outreach and information sharing for state staff engaged in source water protection and efforts related to sustainability, climate change, and nutrient pollution.
  • Center for Watershed Protection - Provides technical tools and publications to assist with protecting surface water sources of drinking water. Topics include watershed planning , watershed restoration, research, education and outreach, and watershed training.
  • Clean Water Fund - Source Water Stewardship: A Guide to Protecting and Restoring Your Drinking Water - This manual assists people who are interested in source water protection. It walks through a process of understanding a source water assessment, reaching out to others who are or should be involved in protecting and restoring drinking water quality, and designing an action plan for drinking water protection and restoration.
  • Conservation Technology Information Center - A national, nonprofit public/private partnership that promotes technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil and water resources. Their website includes state contacts and information on agricultural programs that can support source water protection.
  • National Ground Water Association (NGWA) - A non-profit membership organization that provides ground water training, a private well owner hotline, and educational materials.  NGWA sponsors National Ground Water Day and Ground Water Awareness Week.
  • New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC): Drinking Water - A not-for-profit interstate agency working to protect surface water, ground water, and source water.  Visit their site to find source water protection publications.
  • Rural Community Action Program (RCAP) - Organization specializes in rural community development by providing technical assistance, training, and financial resources to small communities for drinking water protection and conservation, as well as links to regional partners.
  • Trust for Public Lands (TPL) - TPL provides information about federal, national and local efforts relevant to source water protection, including conservation finance, watershed protection, and local programs. Also see their Source Protection Handbook to help communities make the case for land conservation to protect drinking water sources.

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