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Alabama Rivers Alliance files EPA petition to revoke state’s authority over Alabama’s permitting program

On January 15 the Alabama Rivers Alliance and 14 other Alabama environmental groups filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency to to withdraw the state’s authority over Alabama’s water pollution permitting program because it does not meet the minimum requirements of the Clean Water Act.

“The water pollution permitting program administered by the Alabama Department [...]

Water use is lower than 30 years ago

According to a story on NPR’s Morning Edition, water use has gone down over the past 30 years, mostly in industrial in agricultural applications.

Articles about ADEM, the EPA and water quality in Alabama

Here are a few recent newspaper articles from around the state about ADEM, EPA enforcement actions, and water quality issues around the state.

ADEM wter pollution penalties drop 78 percent; other enforcement measures down:
During 2009 fiscal year, state assessed $286,100 for pollution violations, down from $1.2 million in each of the two previous years. David [...]

Clean Water: Still Elusive

Check out this excellent editorial in the New York Times: Clean Water, Still Elusive. You may know that the Clean Water Act, signed into law in 1972, has made great strides to make our water safer. Unfortunately, as the editorial points out, the law has gotten a bit old and stale and is falling short [...]

EPA's Nonpoint Source Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS)

We recently received this message from the EPA’s Assessment and Watershed Protection Division:

EPA’s Nonpoint Source Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS) is the primary tool for management and oversight of state Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Programs under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. EPA recently added new tools to the GRTS database to enable [...]

Learn about the Alabama Water Agenda

The Alabama Water Agenda is a proactive, citizen-driven campaign for improving water policy in Alabama. The Agenda targets the biggest threats to our waters by ensuring lasting protections through improved state policy. This video highlights the numerous values of our waterways, the major threats to our waters, and the steps we can take to ensure [...]

Freshwater ecoregions of the world

Want to learn more about freshwater ecoregions? The World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy have just launched a great new site called Freshwater Ecoregions of the World that will allow you to learn all about freshwater resources:


Freshwater species and habitats are, on average around the world, more imperiled than their terrestrial counterparts. Yet, large-scale [...]

News about water

We thought you’d like to have access to some articles about water from around the country. Do you have a tip about a water-related news story? Let us know! Here are some stories that have appeared recently. Check back every week for a roundup of water-related news.

Drugs are in the water. Does it matter?
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