New Additions to Section 319 Nonpoint Source Success Stories Web Site

EPA has added eight new stories to the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Success Stories Web site, the agency announced on Oct. 21.

The Web site features projects receiving grant funds from the Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Program that have achieved documented water quality improvements. Water quality improvements are demonstrated through the achievement of water quality standards for one or more pollutants/uses; nonpoint source total maximum daily load allocations (and removal from the state's section 303(d) list of impaired waters); measurable, in-stream reduction in a pollutant; or improvement in a parameter that indicates stream health. Stories also demonstrate innovative strategies used to reduce nonpoint source pollution, the growth of partnerships, and diversity of funding sources.

Stories also demonstrate innovative strategies used to reduce nonpoint source pollution, the growth of partnerships, and diversity of funding sources. The stories include outlines of the identified problem, project highlights, results, partnerships and funding, and contacts for more information.

The Web site was launched in August with 18 stories, and an additional eight new stories are now featured from Ohio, Colorado, Wisconsin, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe/Nevada, Missouri, Minnesota (Minneapolis Chain of Lakes), and two more from Washington (Lower Yakima and Dungeness River).

Among the success stories on the Web site:

  • Oil and grease water quality goals achieved in Washington, D.C., area stream.
  • Forestry, agricultural, and stormwater best management practices improve quality of reservoir in Idaho.
  • Phosphorus reductions achieved in Minnesota lakes.

The Web site can be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/nps/success.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

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