Mar 29, 2011

EPA Releases Clean Water Strategy

Plan describes how EPA will meet clean water goals in the the coming years

Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Coming Together for Clean Water: EPA’s Strategy to Protect America’s Waters. This strategy charts a path for meeting the nation’s clean water strategic plan goals over the next several years. Protecting the nation’s water resources is not only important to the health of the nation’s citizens and the environment, but clean water is also a critical resource for the economy.

In April 2010 EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson brought a broad range of stakeholders together for the Coming Together for Clean Water forum. The discussion at the forum focused on how to reinvigorate the nation’s clean water programs to achieve a significant leap forward in clean water protections.

The Coming Together for Clean Water strategy presents a framework for how EPA’s national water program will address the challenges and highlights EPA’s priorities for achieving clean water goals. This strategy focuses on the following key areas: ensuring transparency and effectively reporting on the status of the health of all waters; increasing protection of source waters and healthy watersheds; restoring degraded waters and ecosystems; reducing the amount of pollution entering the nation’s waters that impact our health and our economy; and tackling new and emerging threats to the nation’s waters in a way that will ensure healthier, more livable communities.