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Chapter 12: Low Impact Development

Addition to a lengthy report on the most effective strategies to control urban runoff pollution. The document contains 13 case studies of low impact development strategies for water management in urban areas. Read More

Women and the Environment

This publication focuses on the gender-related aspects of land, water, and biodiversity conservation and management. Read More

Algae in Water Supplies: an Illustrated Manual on the Identification, Significance, and Control of Algae in Water Supplies.

A manual designed to help “water analysts and others who deal with the many problems and effects associated with the presence of algae in water supplies.” Read More

Water Resources Research Center Publications

The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) publishes a range of materials from newsletters to issue papers to information and resource guides Read More

Field Manual for Water Quality Sampling

This field manual is intended to serve as a field reference guide for the collection of water quality samples from surface water and ground water. More detailed information can be found in reference materials from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and other sources. Separate training should be provided prior to field water quality sampling. The overriding objective of this manual is to provide consistent field sampling protocols for the numerous agencies and individuals who require water quality information. However, it is not intended to replace any sampling plan. The Spanish-language version of this manual also is available to help address emerging environmental sampling concerns along the U.S.-Mexican border. Increased water quality management along the border will require integrated sampling and analysis protocols, something that the production of this manual can foster. [Español http://www.ag.arizona.edu/AZWATER/publications/handbook/espanol/contents.html] Read More

Risky Business: A Guide for Water and Wastewater Workers

AFSCME represents over 40,000 water and wastewater treatment workers. They face exposure to flammable, explosive or poisonous gases, hazardous confined spaces, infectious diseases, temperature extremes, slip and fall hazards, excessive noise and unsanitary workplaces. According to the National Safety Council (1996), water and wastewater treatment workers suffer disabling injuries and illnesses at almost five times the rate of the average industrial worker. These figures do not tell the whole story on the dangers for these workers as they do not include the close calls. Read More

Water Quality: Biocriteria

The presence, condition and numbers of types of fish, insects, algae, plants, and other organisms are data that together provide direct, accurate information about the health of specific bodies of water. Studying these factors as a way of evaluating the health of a body of water is called biological assessment. Biological criteria, on the other hand, are a way of describing the qualities that must be present to support a desired condition in a waterbody, and they serve as the standard against which assessment results are compared. Read More

National Recommended Water Quality Criteria

EPA’s compilation of national recommended water quality criteria is presented as a summary table containing recommended water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life and human health in surface water for approximately 150 pollutants. These criteria are published pursuant to Section 304(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and provide guidance for states and tribes to use in adopting water quality standards. Read More

Drinking Water Health Advisories

Drinking water and health advisory summary tables are prepared periodically. They contain drinking water standards in the form of non-enforceable concentrations of drinking water contaminants, Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLGs), or enforceable Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs). Maximum Contaminant Levels are the maximum permissible level of a contaminant in water delivered to users of a public water system. Health Advisories (HAs) provide information on contaminants that can cause human health effects and are known or anticipated to occur in drinking water. Health Advisories are guidance values based on non-cancer health effects for different durations of exposure (e.g., one-day, ten-day, and lifetime). They provide technical guidance to our Regional Offices, State governments, and other public health officials on health effects, analytical methodologies, and treatment technologies associated with drinking water contamination. Read More

Private Drinking Water Wells

EPA regulates public water systems; it does not have the authority to regulate private drinking water wells. Approximately 15 percent of Americans rely on their own private drinking water supplies, and these supplies are not subject to EPA standards, although some state and local governments do set rules to protect users of these wells. Unlike public drinking water systems serving many people, they do not have experts regularly checking the water’s source and its quality before it is sent to the tap. These households must take special precautions to ensure the protection and maintenance of their drinking water supplies Read More

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