Where Safe Water Begins

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The Source Water Collaborative Can Help You

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Agricultural Collaboration Toolkit

Find information, meeting materials, and tips for collaborating with USDA NRCS State Conservationists and conservation districts at the state and local levels who provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners for implementing practices to protect and improve soil health and water quality.
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Use the Clean Water Act to Protect Drinking Water

Learn how you can leverage Clean Water Act program processes to protect drinking water sources.
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Learning Exchange Webinars and Resources

Get key information and firsthand stories from these resources and recorded webinars about forestry and agricultural partnerships, funding for source water protection, and more!
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Map/Collaboratives Near You

Use the map of state, watershed, and local collaboratives to find collaboratives near you. Browse the summaries with more information about each collaborative and reach out to their leadership to learn more.
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How to Collaborate Toolkit

Find ideas, tips, and materials for partners that are considering or involved in a collaborative effort to protect drinking water sources.
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Guides for Planners and Local Officials

Read and share these guides to work with land use planners and local officials to incorporate source water protection into local planning and decision-making processes.
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Thirty national organizations have united to protect America’s drinking water at the source – in the lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers we tap for drinking purposes. The Source Water Collaborative (SWC) was originally formed in 2006 with the goal to combine the strengths and tools of a diverse set of member organizations to act now, and protect drinking water sources for generations to come.

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Message from Co-Chairs

Lynn Thorp, Clean Water Action
Deirdre White, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

As your new co-chairs, we are committed to the power of our diverse collaboration, to making sure we are always engaging, reinvigorating, making progress protecting drinking water sources, and making sure more key audiences see source water protection as a crucial and exciting thing.

We are excited for the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act in 2022 to leverage the momentum and highlight how the provisions in the Act can create opportunities to protect both surface water and groundwater sources of drinking water.

We have lots of great tools and resources. Let’s share them to enhance source water protection collaboration efforts with many diverse partners at the national, state, and local levels across the whole country.

Together we can reach thousands of people!