EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2016

EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released DWMAPS – the Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters. This robust, online mapping tool provides the public, water system operators, state programs, and federal agencies with critical information to help them safeguard the sources of America’s drinking water.

DWMAPS allows users to learn about their watershed and understand more about their water supplier. DWMAPS also lets users see if sources of their drinking water are polluted and if there are possible sources of pollution that could affect their communities’ water supply. DWMAPS can even guide users to ways they can get involved in protecting drinking water sources in their community.

“A key part of having safe drinking water is protecting the sources – the streams, rivers, and lakes where utilities withdraw water,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “DWMAPS is the latest example of how EPA is using technology and digital tools to better protect public health and the environment.

Utilities and state drinking water program managers can also use DWMAPS with their own state and local data. It allows them to identify potential sources of contamination in their locations, find data to support source water assessments and plans to manage potential sources of contamination and evaluate accidental spills and releases. DWMAPS also integrates drinking water protection activities with other environmental programs at the federal, state, and local levels.

DWMAPS can provide users with information to update source water assessments and prioritize source water protection in any location or watershed in the country. Specifically, DWMAPS helps users to:

  • Identify potential sources of contamination in locations defined by users;
  • Find data to support source water assessments and plans to manage potential sources of contamination;
  • Evaluate accidental spills and releases, identifying where emergency response resources for accidental releases must be readily available; and
  • Promote integration of drinking water protection activities with other environmental programs at the EPA, state, and local levels.

The mapping system will not display the locations of Public Water System facility intakes, but it does contain a wide variety of data useful to the protection of drinking water sources. EPA developed DWMAPS in consultation with EPA regional drinking water programs, state drinking water regulators, and public water systems.

Visit www.epa.gov/sourcewaterprotection/dwmaps

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September 2, 2015 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Technical Track Work group is:
Date: Wednesday September 2, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF TTWG 9.2.15 Summary Notes
 Tech Track WG agn 09-02-15 DRAFT
 SRRTTF 08-05-15 TTWG summary notes DRAFT
 SRRTTF_Phase_2_Final_Report_2015_08_12_without appendices
Dry Weather Sampling 2015
 Spokane_River_QAPP_Addendum 1_signed_081715
 QAPP checklist 2015 Addendum 1 SRT Reduction Strategy APPROVED (1)
Comprehensive Plan
 SRRTTFComprehensivePlanOutline_2015_09_02
 Comp Plan Outline 08-2015 (excel spreadsheet)
  Letter to EPA regarding Comp Plan content review initiation 08-18-15 DRAFT
SWAT Team Projects/Reports
–  
2015 8 14 REPORT Vactor Decant Facility Characterization DRAFT
–  
Hydroseed Pilot Project Report_Draft_08-27-15
–  Hydroseed Results with Graphs etc

August 5, 2015 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

Date: Wednesday August 5, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205

Click here for a map.

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF 08-05-15 TTWG summary notes DRAFT
–  
Tech Track WG agn 08-05-15_revised 2
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Groundwater Survey Proposal
–  Aquifer Wells – Map
  Ecology Response to Questions from EPA email dated 7 May 2015
  Scope-of-Work-Timeline_8.5.15
  QAPP_addendum_080315
  David Dilks Presentation QAPP_08_05_2015b  REVISED
 SpokaneRiver Source Tracing QAPP_SAP Final Draft 4_28_09
 ECY_EAP_SOP_Purging Sampling Monitoring Well_V2_EAP078

 

July 29, 2015 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Mark Vincent Presentation: Pigments and PCBs
To joint the presentation from your computer, tablet or smartphone, please go to
For audio, please use the dial in phone number above.

*Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Kara Whitman (kmwhitman@wsu.edu) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF July 29 2015 Meeting Summary (edited 9.22.15)
 SRRTTF July 29 Agenda_revised2
  SRRTTF Mtg Summary 06-24-15 DRAFT
Technical Documents
 SRRTTF_Phase_2_Draft_Report_2015_07_22
 Edit to 2.3.2 Blank Correction 29Jul2015 (Spokane County)
 Update on Scope of 2015 Sampling
 Draft Amendment 4 Appendix B Ecology contract 07-15-15
Ecology Outreach Grant
 SRRTTF Support Letter_Draft 2015 07 21
 7.21.15 update to gross grant concept
EPA Response
  EPA plan for PCBs in response to court order
 Spokane TMDL Notice_of_Filing_EPA Response_to_Remand_filed_7.14.15
 Ecology Response to Questions from EPA email dated 7 May 2015
PCB Purchasing Policies
  EPP Policy ADMIN 5600-14-07_City of Spokane
  ORD C35099 – 06-02-2014 – SMC_City of Spokane PCB purchasing ordinance
  Spokane County PCB Purchasing Resolution

EPA Response to U.S. District Court- filed on July 14th, 2015, in response to the Court’s order of March 2015

EPAs response to the remand by the court and Judge Rothstein has been filed and is available for viewing. Task Force members are asked to convey any big-picture questions or comments pertaining to the response to Chris Page of the Ruckelshaus Center (c.page@wsu.edu, 206-770-6060) no later than close of business on July 21st. These will be compiled and sent to Brian Nickel (EPA) prior to the July 29th Task Force Meeting.

 Spokane TMDL Notice_of_Filing_EPA Response_to_Remand_filed_7.14.15

May 27, 2015 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

*Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Kara Whitman (kmwhitman@wsu.edu) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents
–  SRRTTF 5-27-15 summary Notes Final
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SRRTTF May 27 TF Meeting Agenda DRAFT
 SRRTTF Meeting 4 22 15 Summary Notes DRAFT
 TTWG 5-6-2015 summary Notes DRAFT
–  SRRTTF 5-18-2015 Conference Call_summary notes (Conference Call with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
 SRRTTF SWAT Team Updates_REVISED on 5.21.15
 2015-16 SRRTTF – Ruckelshaus Center Proposal SOW
 ACE Financial Statement
 P2 at the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center- Presentation Marjorie MartzEmerson
LimnoTech Documents
 SRRTTF_Wet Weather Presentation_2015_05_15
 SRRTTF_Phase_2_Draft_Report_2015_05_20
–  Conflict of Interest LimnoTech
Fish and PCBs
–  
Sorting Issues Related to Fish and PCBs
 feed ingredients
Hydroseed Project Documents
 Hydroseed Pilot Project Workplan_Revision 051915
 PRODUCT QAPP_2014 082014_FINAL_City PacRim Signed (1)
 PCB Product Sampling QAPP Addendum__SRRTTF Task 1 2015 03
 Mulch material specs from 2014 Spec Book (1)
 WSDOT List of Qualified Suppliers
Coordinated Task Force Response
–  
SRRTTF Work Summary – draft 3 for SRRTTF_ 5-27-2015 (pdf)
–  SRRTTF Work Summary – draft 3 for SRRTTF_ 5-27-2015 (word doc)

 

Coordinated Task Force Response: EPA’s submittal to the United States (federal) District Court Judge

In its submittal in response the March 2015 court ruling, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to tell the court what the Task Force believes it is important for the court to know about the Task Force’s work. EPA has asked for a single concise brief, rather than multiple responses from Task Force members, and has requested it no later than June 15th. EPA has also suggested that if individual entities would like to provide information on PCB reduction activities, this is to be submitted as an individual entity. Both Task Force and individual responses will be discussed at the May 27th Task Force meeting.

Task Force members held a conference call with EPA on Monday May 18 to discuss this submittal.  The summary of this call is provided below.

 SRRTTF Conference Call 5.18.15 summary notes
 Measurable-Progress-SRSP-PCB-reduction-activities-_short-form-9-9-2014
  SRRTTF Measurable Progress Assessment 04.17.15

EPA Requests a unified response from the Task Force -Conference Call Scheduled

In its submittal in response the March 2015 court ruling, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to tell the court what the Task Force believes it is important for the court to know about the Task Force’s work. EPA has asked for a single concise brief, rather than multiple responses from Task Force members, and has requested it no later than June 15th.

To answer questions from Task Force members, provide any additional information, and assist in the development of this response, EPA will hold a conference call for interested SRRTTF members.

The conference call is schedule for Monday May 18th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

To Join the call: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

 SRRTTF Conference Call 05-18-15 agenda_draft
 Measurable Progress – SRSP PCB reduction activities _short form 9-9-2014

 

EPA requests unified Task Force response brief in response to court ruling. EPA to hold conference call to answer questions.

In its submittal in response the March 2015 court ruling, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to tell the court what the Task Force believes it is important for the court to know about the Task Force’s work. EPA has asked for a single concise brief, rather than multiple responses from Task Force members, and has requested it no later than June 15th. The unified Task Force document should be no more than 3 pages with additional pages for references. The content should focus on actions completed or committed to by the Task Force that can reasonably be expected to do at least one of the following:

  • Address data gaps.  Examples include:
    • Sampling of the river, tributaries, and effluents.
    • Source identification or tracking (e.g., product testing, sampling within sanitary or storm sewers).
  • Quantifiably reduce PCB loading in the Spokane River watershed.  Examples include:
    • Reducing PCBs “imported” to the watershed, e.g., through changes in procurement.
    • Producing measurable reductions in PCB loadings and/or concentrations from traditional point sources or from storm water.
    • Physically removing or immobilizing legacy PCBs.

It is expected that individual Task Force members will begin compiling this material, with the full coordinated response to be discussed at the May 27th SRRTTF meeting.

To answer questions from Task Force members, provide any additional information, and assist in the development of this response, EPA will hold a conference call for interested SRRTTF members. Please fill out this doodle poll  as soon as possible. (http://doodle.com/zk9urh4pyaaaysbx)

Please direct any questions to Chris Page of the Ruckelshaus Center at c.page@wsu.edu