The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a series of videos, Reduce Runoff: Slow it Down, Spread it out, Soak it in! The set of four educational videos provides an introduction to controlling runoff in urban areas and can help municipalities communicate with the public. Click here to watch the videos in small-screen format and for ordering information.

This month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also released the Status of Trends of Wetlands in the Conterminous United States 2004–2009. The 5-year survey shows that wetland losses are slowing. However, the average annual loss between 2004 and 2009 was still 5590 ha (13,800 ac). Since wetlands naturally filter stormwater pollution and serve as storm buffers, conservation and reconstruction remain important goals.