Join EPA's Watershed Academy for June 18th Webcast on ATTAINS

EPA's Watershed Academy sponsors free Webcasts for watershed practitioners from around the globe. On Wednesday, June 18, 2008, EPA experts will explain the newly released ATTAINS Web site, where water quality managers and the public can go to view a wide range of state-reported water quality information. This Web site combines two formerly separate databases: the National Assessment Database and the National Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Tracking System.

The National Assessment Database is for water quality assessment information reported by the states under Section 305(b) of the Clean Water Act, while the National TMDL Tracking System is for impaired waters information reported by the states under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. ATTAINS gives the "full story," showing which waters have been assessed, which are impaired, and which are being (or have been) restored. This Web site allows the user to view dynamic tables and charts that summarize state-reported information for the entire nation, for individual states and waters, and for the 10 EPA Regions. Visit ATTAINS at

Registration for the Webcast is open. To sign up, visit: Archived audio versions of past Webcasts are also available, including last month's Webcast on Wetlands and Climate Change.