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EPA Office of Water

The Office of Water (OW) ensures drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants and wildlife. OW is responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, and portions of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Ocean Dumping Ban Act, Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, Shore Protection Act, Marine Plastics Pollution Research and Control Act, London Dumping Convention, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and several other statutes. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Office of Water works with the ten EPA regional offices, other federal agencies, state and local governments, American Indian tribes, the regulated community, organized professional and interest groups, land owners and managers, and the public-at-large. OW provides guidance, specifies scientific methods and data collection requirements, performs oversight and facilitates communication among those involved. OW helps the states and American Indian tribes to build capacity, and water programs can be delegated to them for implementation. Read More

World Water Monitoring Challenge

World Water Monitoring Challenge is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. In 2013, a total of 184,965 visits were made by participants monitoring sites in 51 countries. We challenge you to test the quality of your waterways, share your findings, and protect our most precious resource. Read More

Drinking Water: Understanding the Science and Policy behind a Critical Resource

This booklet provides an introduction to drinking water issues. It draws from a body of independent, peer-reviewed expert consensus reports from the National Research Council to provide an overview of public water supply and demand, water management and conservation, options for the government and the private sector, and the economic and ecological aspects of drinking water. The booklet focuses primarily on issues in the United States; references to international water issues are generally used for comparison purposes or to illustrate certain issues in greater depth. A National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council publication. Read More

Environmental Politics and Law (Yale Open Courseware)

Can law change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging? Law will be examined through case histories including: environmental effects of national security, pesticides, air pollution, consumer products, plastics, parks and protected area management, land use, urban growth and sprawl, public/private transit, drinking water standards, food safety, and hazardous site restoration in this free online class. In each case we will review the structure of law and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. Read More

Books on Global Warming

A list of recommended books on global warming and climate change for science, business, and children. Read More

Online Training in Watershed Management

This Web site offers a variety of self-paced training modules that represent a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field. Read More

Local Drinking Water Information

[An interactive map of US states and territories. Click on a state to access drinking water resources. Read More


Safety and cleanup precautions for primary responders to flood emergencies. Read More

Impact of Climate Change on Freshwater Resources and Services in the US

The Johnson Foundation Environmental Forum is being designed to catalyze a national dialogue on how we manage our freshwater resources and services in the face of daunting challenges. This event, planned for May 2010, is intended to bring visibility to the most pressing freshwater issues facing the US, shed light on possible solutions and catalyze a wide range of actions that together can result in change. To ensure that the Forum reflects the latest thinking on critical issues, the Johnson Foundation (the Foundation) is convening a series of preparatory working sessions of scientists, policy makers, and practitioners to lay the groundwork for the finalization of a national agenda at the Forum. Read More

National Water Funders Forum

This Memorandum presents a summary of the discussion, deliberations and identified next steps from the January 13 – 15, 2010 National Water Funders Forum (Forum). The Forum was sponsored by the Water Funders Collaborative and convened by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin. Invited participants included representatives from over 27 funders. A full roster of participants is included as Attachment 1 and the meeting agenda is provided in Attachment 2. Scott McCreary and Rebecca Tuden of CONCUR, Inc. served as facilitators for the Forum and produced this meeting summary. Read More


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