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New York City Funds Flood Mitigation Projects For Source Water Protection

For 21 years, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has administered its watershed protection program. The program allows the city to avoid filtration and makes it the largest unfiltered water supply in the nation, serving more than 9 million New Yorkers. In early May, the state health department approved revisions to New […]

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National Forest Service Makes Changes to Protect Water Resources

On May 2, the National Forest Service (NFS) announced that it will use best management practices (BMPs) to improve and protect water quality on national forests and grasslands, an action it calls an integral component of watershed stewardship and land management. NFS is proposing amendments to its internal Manual for Water Quality Management, establishing a […]

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Source Water Collaborative Releases Partnership Building Toolkit

In mid-January, the Source Water Collaborative — a group of 25 national organizations united in protecting America’s drinking water at the source — released a new online toolkit. The guide helps to “facilitate partnerships to protect drinking water sources through agriculture, conservation practices, stormwater and forest management.” With the toolkit, users can obtain guidance on […]

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China Announces Water Resource Protection Programs

On Jan. 14, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced two programs intended to reduce nutrients and improve drinking water quality in the Yangtze River Delta near Shanghai. The first program focuses on the country’s largest man-made reservoir, Qiandao Reservoir in Zhejiang Province, and the upstream basin of the Xin’an River. The program so far […]

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Toolkit Aims to Improve Collaboration on Source Water Protection

The Source Water Collaborative and U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service recently launched a toolkit to help protect drinking water sources through agricultural conservation practices. The toolkit is a guide to fostering effective collaboration with state and regional U.S. Department of Agriculture partners. It lists opportunities, key contacts, additional resources, and partners, as well as success […]

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The Role of Water Utilities in Stormwater Management

Water is often compartmentalized into drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. However, all three sectors have the common goal of protecting watersheds. In June, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) hosted its 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition, which included several speakers on source water protection. Speakers discussed the impacts of stormwater on water quality and the […]

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New York City Makes 1,200-Acre Catskill Purchase

New York City’s Department of Environmental Conservation recently purchased 485 ha (1,200 ac) of land within the Catskill Mountains to protect the New York City watershed. The purchase cost the city $5.6 million from its Environmental Protection Fund. The land originally was slated for a ski resort, time shares, a golf course, and other development. […]

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