Welcome to SourceWaterCollaborative.org, a web forum about where America’s safe drinking water begins – the lakes, streams, rivers and aquifers we tap for public water systems. We are a web portal of the Source Water Collaborative, 25 national organizations united to protect America’s sources of drinking water.
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Posted on: April 15, 2015
Register now for the second of four webinars on the new resource,“Opportunities to Protect Drinking Water Sources and Advance Watershed Goals through the Clean Water Act (CWA): A Toolkit for State, Interstate, Tribal, and Federal Water Program Managers.” The webinar will be held on April 28th from 12:30-2:00 PM (EST) and will discuss using CWA programs like Water Quality Standards, Monitoring, Assessment, and Impaired Waters Listings to protect drinking water sources. SWC members the Association of State Drinking Water Administers (ASDWA), the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), and the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) are jointly hosting this four-part webinar series, which offer an in-depth discussion on how to coordinate CWA and SDWA activities to achieve mutual goals. For more information, including state examples, please refer to the Toolkit above.
Future webinars in 2015 will discuss CWA-SDWA coordination in Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) programs, and Nonpoint Source and CWA 319 Programs.
Posted on: April 8, 2015
On March 18, several source water protection projects in North Carolina were selected as winners of the first annual Source Water Protection Awards from the North Carolina Source Water Collaborative. The awards, presented at the Water Resources Research Institute annual conference, recognized programs that demonstrate innovative and collaborative solutions to protect North Carolina’s drinking water sources and their connecting watersheds.
The Durham Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded for its accomplishments through the Upper Sandy Creek Watershed and Stream Restoration Project, a multi-year collaboration aimed at improving water quality, minimizing flood danger, and restoring ecological values to 3600 feet of stream. This project expects to reduce sediment loading in the Jordon Lake Reservoir by 100 tons per year. The Raleigh Public Utilities Department for the City of Raleigh Watershed Protection Program teamed with the Upper Neuse Water Initiative, agencies, and local partners to facilitate land acquisitions and other conservation measures to protect over 18,000 feet of streams impacting critical drinking water reservoirs. To read the NCPOLITCALNews.com article on the award ceremony and to see the full list of award winning projects, click here.
Want to start your own collaborative? Learn more about the North Carolina Source Water Collaborative and find out how to launch your own source water partnerships through the “How to Collaborate” toolkit, developed by the Source Water Collaborative.
Posted on: February 15, 2015
The North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) is hosting their 35th Annual Symposium in Sarasota Spring, NY this November 17-20, 2015. NALMS encourages the submission of paper or posters on topics of broad interest to the lake and reservoir management community (such as harmful algal blooms, stormwater management, water quality, etc.). Abstracts are due by May 22nd. SWC members interested in developing a special session should contact the program committee no later than March 30th. Click here for more information.