Haxtun: Lower South Platte Watershed Conservation Input Forum March 30

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From The Fort Morgan Times:

This meeting is designed to provide participants the opportunity to provide input and make recommendations regarding NRCS programs and activities in their communities. The meeting is beneficial for any landowner interested in helping the land. The meeting will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. March 30 at the Haxtun Community Center, 125 E Wilson St. in Haxtun. “Please do not miss this important opportunity to contribute your input into conservation programs and initiatives that will benefit the resources in the Lower South Platter Watershed,” Loose said. For more information contact [Val Loose, manager of the Morgan Conservation District] at (970) 867-9659, ext. 126.

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EPA is toughening standards for tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, acrylamide and epichlorohydrin

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From the Associated Press via ABCNews.com (Matthew Daly):

In a speech Monday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency is developing stricter regulations for four chemical compounds: tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, acrylamide and epichlorohydrin. All four compounds can cause cancer.

Trichloroethylene, also known as TCE, and tetrachloroethylene are used as industrial solvents and can seep into drinking water from contaminated groundwater or surface water. The other two compounds are impurities that can be introduced into drinking water during the water treatment process.

Jackson said the EPA will issue new rules on TCE and tetrachloroethylene within the next year. Rules for the other two compounds will follow.

Jackson made the comments Monday as she announced a new strategy to better protect public health from contaminants in drinking water. With budgets strained and new threats emerging, the EPA, states and utilities need to foster innovation that can increase cost-effective measures to protect drinking water, Jackson said.

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CWCB: Colorado River Water Availability Study Ready for Public Comment

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From email from the Colorado Water Conservation Board:

The Colorado River Water Availability Study (CRWAS) (pdf) is now available for public review on the CWCB website. There will be a 90 day review period. We value your input; please send your comments to Ray Alvarado.

More Colorado River Basin coverage here.

World Water Day 2010: Clean Water for a Healthy World

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Update: From the Associated Press via The Durango Herald:

The report, launched Monday to coincide with World Water Day, said an estimated 2 billion tons of waste water — including fertilizer run-off, sewage and industrial waste — is being discharged daily. That waste fuels the spread of disease and damages ecosystems. [Clearing the Waters] (pdf) — the report from the U.N. Environment Program — said that 3.7 percent of all deaths are attributed to water-related diseases, translating into millions of deaths. More than half of the world’s hospital beds are filled by people suffering from water-related illnesses, it said. “If we are not able to manage our waste, then that means more people dying from waterborne diseases,” said Achim Steiner, the U.N. Undersecretary General and executive director of UNEP.

From the UN News Centre:

More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for better protection and sustainable management of one of the Earth’s most precious resources on the occasion of World Water Day. “These deaths are an affront to our common humanity, and undermine the efforts of many countries to achieve their development potential,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day, which this year focuses on “Clean Water for a Healthy World” as its theme. “Our growing population’s need for water for food, raw materials and energy is increasingly competing with nature’s own demands for water to sustain already imperilled ecosystems and the services on which we depend,” he noted. “Day after day, we pour millions of tons of untreated sewage and industrial and agricultural waste into the world’s water systems. Clean water has become scarce and will become even scarcer with the onset of climate change,” added the Secretary-General.

In his message, Mr. Ban highlighted that water is vitally linked to all UN development goals, including maternal and child health and life expectancy, women’s empowerment, food security, sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Today is World Water Day. The United Nations has declared March 22 each year for this celebration and education experience. Here’s a look at some of the events via their mapping tool.

Take some time out today to look at your water footprint and the pollution you may be adding to our waters. Wastewater treatment plants don’t remove everything from effluent, only those that are mandated in their permits. Pollutants spilled onto roadways or into storm drains get to the surface water eventually, without treatment, adding to problems for downstream users.