EPA News You Can Use - September 2019
IN THIS ISSUE:
Enviro-Tip of the Month
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En espaÃ±ol: Spanish Feature
Social Media, Multimedia, & More
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter
ENVIRO-TIP OF THE MONTH
Prepare for emergencies. Find out what you can do to reduce risks from environmental hazards before, during, and after a natural disaster. September is National Preparedness Month and the average annual peak of hurricane activity.
PrepÃ¡rese para emergencias. InfÃ³rmese acerca de lo que puede hacer para reducir los riesgos de los peligros ambientales antes, durante y despuÃ©s de un desastre natural. Septiembre es el Mes Nacional de PreparaciÃ³n y tradicionalmente es el mes de mayor actividad de huracanes.
EPA Announces Updated Chemical Review Tool. EPA) is continuing its commitment to transparency by making additional information about new chemical notices available to the public on the agency's website. Visitors to the updated chemical review status tracker can view and search monthly updates for any active notice by case number. "By making this tracker available online, for the first time the public will easily be able to learn where a particular new chemical is in the EPA review process," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "With this step the agency is following through on its commitment to transparency and is providing applicants, stakeholders and the public with an easy-to-use tool to monitor the progress of new chemical safety reviews."
Water Infrastructure Loans to Tualatin Valley Water District and the City of Hillsboro Total Nearly $640 Million. EPA announced two Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans-one to Tualatin Valley Water District and the other to the City of Hillsboro, marking the first time that WIFIA has provided financing for two individual borrowers partnering on a joint project. "EPA's nearly $640 million WIFIA loans will help ensure that the Tualatin Valley Water District and Hillsboro in Oregon have access to a clean and reliable supply of water that is built to the highest seismic safety standards. These WIFIA loans will also generate significant cost savings for residents and create over 4,000 well-paying jobs," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. When completed, this system will provide the Tualatin Valley Water District and Hillsboro additional seismically resilient water supply capacity, including intake facilities, over 30 miles of pipes, a water treatment plant, and two storage reservoirs to serve 400,000 residents and businesses in Washington County.
Federal Partnership to Build Nationwide Resilience to Natural Disasters. EPA joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other partners to announce the agency's participation in the National Mitigation Investment Strategy (NMIS). The NMIS provides a national, whole-community approach to investments in mitigation activities and risk management across government and private sectors. "Investing in mitigation efforts will enable EPA to better protect human health and the environment in the face of natural disasters," said EPA's Acting Associate Administrator of the Office of Homeland Security Ted Stanich. Recent examples of EPA's continued dedication and investment in mitigation strategies across the country include: Regional Resilience Technical Assistance, Integrating Water Quality and Nature-Based Approaches into Hazard Mitigation Plans, Building Flood Resilience in Vermont, and others.
WHAT YOU CAN DO, WHAT YOU CAN USE
Back-to-school: Students and teachers. Get homework resources, classroom project ideas, and more.
Campus RainWorks Challenge (due Oct 15). Are you in college? We're launching the 2019 Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition open to colleges and universities across the country. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, student teams design an innovative green infrastructure solution that addresses stormwater pollution and adds ecological and aesthetic value. Registration for the 2019 Challenge opened September 1. Read more about the challenge, prizes, and how to enter:
The Science of Wildfire Smoke. This summer, EPA tested air monitoring equipment during wildfires and studying wildfire emissions. The work is part of a scientific effort to evaluate regulatory and low-cost air sampling equipment during smoke conditions, better understand the chemistry of smoke, and improve models used to forecast where smoke from wildland fires will travel. The Mobile Ambient Smoke Investigation Capability study began in May and collects air measurements from both regulatory-grade and low-cost air sensors to determine their performance capabilities during large and intense wildfires. Read more about this research and watch a video about studying wildfire using drones:
Protect your Pooch! Toxic algae blooms now occur in water bodies in every state in the nation. Toxic algae can sicken people but is especially harmful to animals. Don't let your dog drink or swim in water if it's slimy, looks like foam, or might have a strange color. Small clusters of dog deaths have been reported in each of the past three summers after pets were exposed to toxic algae. Learn more about protecting your dog from harmful algae blooms. International Dog Day is August 26 and is a reminder to find ways to keep your dog healthy - outdoors and in.
FYI - Federal Challenge Winners:
- Federal Green Challenge Winners Save Taxpayers' Money and Promote Efficiency. EPA recognized federal facilities for conserving resources and saving taxpayers' money as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). The challenge is a national effort under the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, which encourages federal agencies to lead by example in reducing the federal government's environmental impact. "EPA is recognizing facilities across the federal government for their leadership in improving waste management, conserving water, and other important efforts to improve environmental outcomes," said Administrator Wheeler.
- EPA and Federal Partners Announce Winners of Water Quality "Challenge". EPA and four federal partners announced the winners of a technology-accelerating water quality challenge, demonstrating how data from low cost water quality monitoring sensors can be used to inform local-scale nutrient management decisions. For this challenge, six teams deployed and collected data from two or more nutrient sensors for at least three months and sought to demonstrate how local communities can use the collected data to inform nutrient management.
EN ESPAÃ‘OL: SPANISH FEATURE
El Mes de la Hispanidad es del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre. Ãšnase a nosotros en honrar a los cientÃficos, abogados, socorristas, comunicadores y muchos otros hispanos en EPA quienes sirven de inspiraciÃ³n y nos ayudan a proteger nuestra salud y nuestro planeta. Lea mÃ¡s acerca de hispanos en la EPA.
SOCIAL MEDIA, MULTIMEDIA, & MORE
VIDEO - August release
Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials.
Video about information public officials can use to communicate health risks and take measures to protect the public, and links to more information.
More EPA videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov
EPA BLOG - August posts
Healthier Schools through Integrated Pest Management.
Delmarva Grain Farmer â€“ Getting it Right!
Planting Trees to Promote Healthy Farms, Clean Water.
More EPA blog posts: https://blog.epa.gov
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
National Preparedness Month
14-21, National Estuaries Week
16-22, National Pollution Prevention Week
7 Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day
21 International Coastal Cleanup Day
18 World Water Monitoring Day
21 Zero Emissions Day
26 International Dog Day
28 National Public Lands Day
27 "Silent Spring" (published 1962)
29 World Rivers Day
EPA's history site: https://www.epa.gov/history
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