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  • - NEW - Project 4176a – Developing a Vision and Roadmap for Source Water Protection for US Drinking Water Utilities
    Project 4176a – Developing a Vision and Roadmap for Source Water Protection for US Drinking Water Utilities
  • California drought: Lawmakers consider historic rules to limit groundwater pumping
    In what would be the most significant water law passed in California in nearly 50 years, lawmakers in Sacramento are working with Gov. Jerry Brown on a landmark measure to regulate groundwater pumping for the first time.
  • Communicating with Municipal Officials
    A booklet aimed at increasing support from elected officials for water quality protection programs. It contains educational information and suggested action items on a variety of topics.
  • DNR Fracking rules
    TABLE OF CONTENTS December 1, 2014 Volume 38, Issue 48 ADOPTED RULES NATURAL RESOURCES, DEPARTMENT OF The Illinois Oil and Gas Act 62 Ill. Adm. Code 240............................................................................22052 Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act 62 Ill. Adm. Code 245............................................................................22067
  • Ground Water Depletion in the US
    Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900−2008) By Leonard F. Konikow Abstract A natural consequence of groundwater withdrawals is the removal of water from subsurface storage, but the overall rates and magnitude of groundwater depletion in the United States are not well characterized.
  • If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained
    Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future.
  • State Source Water Protection Plan Guides and Templates Now Available on ASDWA Web Site
    ASDWA has posted a collection of twenty states’ source water protection plan guides (including Illinois), templates, and other useful links and documents on our web site. The collection of these resources was prompted by the State of West Virginia’s request for this information, as a means to help them implement their new source water protection planning law, in the aftermath of the Elk River chemical spill. We hope that other states also find these resources valuable for conducting source water protection planning efforts in their own states. Please visit the new web page by going to www.asdwa.org/sourcewaterprotection scrolling down to “State Source Water Web Sites.” While visiting the web site, be sure to check out all of the other great resources, tools, and links that are available for your use.
  • Tampa Bay Water is able to assess current conditions and predict regional trends
    Wetlands are particularly vulnerable to human activity and changes in land use, and therefore are carefully monitored and protected by federal, state and local laws. This article indicates how Tampa Bay Water is able to assess current conditions and predict regional trends
  • The Groundwater Foundation
    Educating people and inspiring action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations.
  • Waste Management Debuts New Renewable Natural Gas Facility
    Waste Management (NYSE: WM) celebrated the opening of a unique Renewable Natural Gas Facility creating pipeline-ready natural gas from the landfill gas produced at its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Illinois.
  • Watershed BMP Handbook - North Barrington, IL
    Best management practices to protect and restore watersheds in the face of an urbanizing landscape
  • Watershed Coalition
    The NWC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Coalition (F.E.I.N. no. 84-1142882) (Dun & Bradstreet Number, DUNS, 09-053-1299) made up of national, regional, state, and local organizations, associations, and individuals, that advocate dealing with natural resource problems and issues using watersheds as the planning and implementation unit.
  • Wetlands A Treasured Water Resource for the Tampa Bay
    The article shows the way to preserve and protect the wetlands. Wetlands are an important part of Florida’s ecosystem and water supply, and their preservation is essential. They remove excess nutrients, toxic substances and sediment from water that flows through them, helping to improve downstream water quality and the overall health of the waters in our communities.
  • Wetlands and the aquifer serve as a natural filtration system for rainfall and runoff
    Tampa Bay regional water supply was once 100 percent groundwater Wetlands and the aquifer serve as a natural filtration system for rainfall and runoff. Wetlands and the aquifer serve as a natural filtration system for rainfall and runoff. This makes wetlands a vital part of our environment and a critical part of our clean drinking water supply.
Source Water: Green Infrastructure
  • 6 Simple Things You Can Do to Save The Missisippi River
    A home project handbook that describes projects that can be completed to protect watersheds including rain barrels, prairie restoration, rain gardens, porous paving, green roofs, and bioswales.
  • Permeable Pavers How-To
    A video teaching homeowners how they can remove impermeable pavement and replace it with permeable pavers to reduce stormwater runoff. Detailed step by step information.
  • Rain Gardens for Illinois
    Brochure that explains how rain gardens work, why they are important in watershed protection, and how to build your own.
  • Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners
    Introduction to rain gardens and how they can be used to reduce stormwater runoff and keep pollution out of our water supplies. This document provides a guide to building your very own rain garden including soil preparation, site selection, and plant selection.
  • See Who's Soaking Up the Rain
    A short video and links highlighting communities that are constructing rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff in their watersheds.
  • Swales Are Swell
    A video explaining the concept of bioswales and how they can be used to redirect stormwater, limit runoff, and improve water quality.
Source Water: Groundwater Protection
  • Groundwater Educational Materials
    A link to several documents provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. These documents can be used to educate the public about groundwater and source water protection in Illinois and around the country.
  • Illinois EPA Groundwater Protection Resources
    Illinois legislation on groundwater protection, source water assessment program guidance, and training/reference materials.
  • Illinois Groundwater Association
    The IGA seeks to advance the knowledge of groundwater resources in Illinois and functions exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
  • LEAP Into Groundwater Curriculum
    A project-based curriculum to engage students in learning about groundwater, provided by the Groundwater Foundation.
  • Private Well Information
    Lake County, IL provides an array of resources for private well owners, including water quality analysis, well construction requirements, and well protection guidelines
  • The Groundwater Story (video)
    This 4-minute animated video teaches the importance of groundwater to all living things and how to help protect this hidden resource.
Source Water: Homeowner Guides
  • A Healthy Environment Starts at Home
    Proper ways to dispose of various household products. By ensuring that chemicals are disposed of in the correct manner, we can limit the chances of them winding up in our water.
  • A Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater Management
    Explains how individual behavior affects water quality in our watersheds. The document summarizes ways that homeowners can improve their own habits to help reduce stormwater pollution.
  • Five Ways You Can Help Improve Water Quality in the Fox River
    Easy ways to improve local water quality that can be applied in any watershed. These simple, but effective activities play a major role in source water protection, especially when everyone gets involved.
  • Green Projects for Homeowners
    Sample projects homeowners can complete to beautify their property while protecting source water in their watershed. Projects include green roofs, rain gardens, rain barrels, and porous pavements.
  • How can I clean my home without using toxic products?
    Guide to avoiding toxic products at home. This site contains links to recipes for homemade natural cleaners and third party certification programs for consumers.
  • Lawn Practices - Grass Can Always Be Greener
    This video explains how pesticides and fertilizers can run off into the environment and harm water quality. Residents can play a big role in sourcewater protection by utilizing more eco-friendly methods of lawn care.
  • Pick Up Poop - Dogs Can't Flush
    Explains the importance of picking up after your pet. Pet waste can spread disease and impact water quality when it is left out on the lawn. This site includes a video that explains the difference between fertilizer and your pet's waste.
  • Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners
    Introduction to rain gardens and how they can be used to reduce stormwater runoff and keep pollution out of our water supplies. This document provides a guide to building your very own rain garden including soil preparation, site selection, and plant selection.
  • Safe Disposal of Household Medications
    Explains how to safely dispose of unused medications. When medicine is flushed down toilets or drains it often winds up in the environment, where it can harm wildlife or people.
  • Source Water Assessment and Protection Program
    Explains IEPA's Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP), its importance as the first step in watershed protection, and how citizens can get involved in protecting their local water resources.
  • Toilets are not Trash Cans
    Explains why it is important to watch what we flush down the toilet. It lists 5 things that we should never flush and explains how these things can harm the environment and wastewater infrastructure.
  • USEPA Safer Choice Program
    The EPA Safer Choice Program identifies consumer products that are less harmful to the environment. By looking for the Safer Choice label, people can make conscious decisions to use safer household cleaners, detergents, and cosmetics.
Source Water: Print Media
  • Education Materials
    Educational materials including several posters on watershed management and water quality issues. These can be used for public outreach events geared towards source water protection.
  • Erase the Waste Campaign - Pollution Prevention
    Posters in several languages to help educate the public about pollution prevention.
  • Erase the Waste Campaign - Stormwater Pollution
    Posters in several languages to help educate the public about stormwater pollution and how to protect their watershed.
  • Groundwater Educational Materials
    A link to several documents provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. These documents can be used to educate the public about groundwater and source water protection in Illinois and around the country.
  • Outreach Toolbox - USEPA
    Non-point source pollution Outreach Toolbox for public education. Includes print materials, advertisements, and other products that can be used to increase public awareness of watershed protection.
  • Rain Gardens for Illinois
    Brochure that explains how rain gardens work, why they are important in watershed protection, and how to build your own.
  • Ready to Use Outreach Tools
    Free ready-to-use resources for organizations to raise awareness about stormwater pollution and launch public outreach campaigns.
  • Safe Disposal of Household Medications
    Explains how to safely dispose of unused medications. When medicine is flushed down toilets or drains it often winds up in the environment, where it can harm wildlife or people.
  • Solutions to Common Household Water Quality Impacts
    Some of the biggest impacts on our water sources come from residential properties. Here are solutions to common issues, as well as some activities to teach kids about watershed protection.
  • Think Before You Flush
    A poster that explains the importance of limiting what is flushed down the toilet. This includes a list of common household items that should never be flushed.
  • Welcome to Your Watershed!
    Introduction to watersheds, explaining how they work and how altering landscapes from natural ground cover to pavement affects the way that pollution travels through the environment. Also suggests individual and community activities to improve local watersheds and provides links to local organizations and information sources.
Source Water: Public Communications
  • Communicating with Municipal Officials
    A booklet aimed at increasing support from elected officials for water quality protection programs. It contains educational information and suggested action items on a variety of topics.
  • Getting In Step: Outreach Series
    Explains the steps to developing and implementing an outreach campaign to educate the public about watershed protection and water resources management.
  • LEAP Into Groundwater
    LEAP stands for Learn, Educate, Act, and Protect. This link from Groundwater Foundation introduces project-based curriculum that teaches students and the public about groundwater and how their actions can protect their watersheds.
  • Media Campaigns
    USEPA toolbox that includes links to example media campaigns and public outreach programs from different places around the United States and Canada.
  • Watersheds and Nonpoint Source Water Pollution
    Defines nonpoint pollution sources and provides educational links to a variety of source water protection programs in the State of Indiana. These links include grant programs, a Watershed Toolkit, and some articles about citizens working together to improve water quality.
  • What You Need to Know About Clean Water
    Answers to FAQ's about water treatment, water quality, and sourcewater protection. Topics include biosolids, composting, sanitary sewer overflows, and waste disposal.
Source Water: Stormwater Pollution
  • A Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater Management
    Explains how individual behavior affects water quality in our watersheds. The document summarizes ways that homeowners can improve their own habits to help reduce stormwater pollution.
  • Glossary of Stormwater Terms
    When we talk about stormwater and its impact around us, there are a lot of terms we use. Below is a list of common terms associated with stormwater runoff.
  • Green City, Clean Waters
    A Vimeo video channel full of videos that show public outreach events and raise awareness of stormwater management issues.
  • Green Projects for Homeowners
    Sample projects homeowners can complete to beautify their property while protecting source water in their watershed. Projects include green roofs, rain gardens, rain barrels, and porous pavements.
  • How to Manage and Control Storm Water Runoff
    An article explaining how homeowners can take precautions to limit stormwater runoff from their own homes to improve water quality in their watersheds.
  • How to Prevent Stormwater Pollution
    A link that introduces the topic of stormwater, explains how it can convey pollutants and impact the environment, and provides tips on preventing stormwater pollution.
  • Ready to Use Outreach Tools
    Free ready-to-use resources for organizations to raise awareness about stormwater pollution and launch public outreach campaigns.
  • Science Experiments for K-6th grade
    Science experiments that highlight the impact of stormwater runoff and how it can affect water supplies. They are easy to set up and fun to do.
  • Soak Up the Rain
    A public outreach campaign from USEPA to raise awareness about stormwater pollution and promote activities to reduce runoff and improve water quality.
  • Storm Water Films
    Video series to educate the public on stormwater runoff and promote best management practices to prevent pollution.
  • Stormwater Pollutant Library
    A guide to stormwater education and public outreach. Includes educational links about various stormwater pollutants and how they affect the environment.
  • Urban Water Cycle
    A cartoon that illustrates the water cycle and the way that our drinking water, wastewater, and environment are all interconnected.
  • What the Heck is Stormwater Runoff?
    This video explains stormwater runoff and the relationship between soils, paved areas, and water. It introduces the concepts of infiltration, stormwater management, and the "first flush" after a storm that can carry pollutants throughout a watershed.
Source Water: Students and Teachers
  • Earth Explorations - Second Grade Program
    San Antonio’s program for second graders with lesson plans explaining what a watershed is, different types of water sources, and how to protect water sources from pollution.
  • Educator Workshops
    A link for educators to register for workshops with Living Lands and Waters to learn how to incorporate watershed education curriculum in the classroom.
  • From Rain to Drain - Fifth Grade Program
    San Antonio’s program for fifth graders with lesson plans explaining in greater detail the concepts of whatersheds, different types of water sources, and source water protection.
  • Kids & Water
    Ten ideas to get kids involved in protecting their watersheds. These educational activities teach the importance of water and encourage curiousity about the environment.
  • LEAP Into Groundwater
    LEAP stands for Learn, Educate, Act, and Protect. This project-based curriculum teaches students about groundwater and how their actions can protect water quality.
  • Pick Up Poop - Dogs Can't Flush
    Explains the importance of picking up after your pet. Pet waste can spread disease and impact water quality when it is left out on the lawn. This site includes a video that explains the difference between fertilizer and your pet's waste.
  • Science Experiments for K-6th grade
    Science experiments that are easy to set up and fun to do. They highlight the impact of stormwater runoff and how it can affect water supplies.
  • Student Education Workshops
    A link to register for workshops for students. Living Lands and Waters hosts free one-day watershed workshops aboard their barge in the Quad Cities.
  • The USGS Water Science School
    This link from United States Geological Survey provides a variety of resources to teach about water. Links for teachers to educate students about the water cycle, surface water, groundwater, water quality, and the way that each of these water sources is interconnected in a watershed.
  • The Water Cycle for Schools: Beginner Ages
    It's never too early to start teaching about the water cycle. This interactive lesson is aimed at teaching young children about the water cycle.
Source Water: Videos and Interactive Exhibits
  • Green City, Clean Waters
    A Vimeo video channel full of videos that show public outreach events and raise awareness of stormwater management issues.
  • Media Campaigns
    USEPA toolbox that includes links to example media campaigns and public outreach programs from different places around the United States and Canada.
  • Permeable Pavers How-To
    A video teaching homeowners how they can remove impermeable pavement and replace it with permeable pavers to reduce stormwater runoff. Detailed step by step information.
  • See Who's Soaking Up the Rain
    A short video and links highlighting communities that are constructing rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff in their watersheds.
  • Storm Water Films
    Video series to educate the public on stormwater runoff and promote best management practices to prevent pollution.
  • Swales Are Swell
    A video explaining the concept of bioswales and how they can be used to redirect stormwater, limit runoff, and improve water quality.
  • The Groundwater Story (video)
    This 4-minute animated video teaches the importance of groundwater to all living things and how to help protect this hidden resource.
  • The Water Cycle
    Illustrates the water cycle and the connections between climate, human activity, the environment, and the role that water plays in each of these topics.
  • The Water Cycle for Schools: Beginner Ages
    It's never too early to start teaching about the water cycle. This interactive lesson is aimed at teaching young children about the water cycle.
  • Urban Water Cycle
    A cartoon that illustrates the water cycle and the way that our drinking water, wastewater, and environment are all interconnected.
  • What is a Watershed?
    A short video that describes watersheds and how our water resources are all interconnected. This video provides an introduction to nonpoint source pollution and how we can protect the quality of our water.
  • You, Me, and Water Quality
    Interactive web-based activity that shows how daily human activity impacts water quality and how we can improve watershed health by making more environmentally conscious decisions.
Source Water: Watershed Basics
  • H2O Heroes: What is a Watershed?
    A science experiment for science and social studies teachers to educate their students about how water and pollutants flow through the environment and reach our water sources.
  • Introduction to Watersheds
    Explains what watersheds are and how they affect people, along with definitions of technical terms.
  • USGS Water Science School
    Variety of resources to teach about water supplies. Links geared towards both adults and kids educate us about the water cycle, surface water, groundwater, water quality, and the way that each of these water sources are interconnected in a watershed.
  • Watersheds and Nonpoint Source Water Pollution
    Defines nonpoint pollution sources and provides educational links to a variety of sourcewater protection programs in the State of Indiana. Links include grant programs, a Watershed Toolkit, and articles about citizens working together to improve water quality in their own watersheds.
  • Welcome to Your Watershed!
    Introduction to watersheds, explaining how they work and how altering landscapes from natural ground cover to pavement affects the way that pollution travels through the environment. Also suggests individual and community activities to improve local watersheds and provides links to local organizations and information sources.
  • What is a Watershed?
    A short video that describes watersheds and how our water resources are all interconnected. This video provides an introduction to nonpoint source pollution and how we can protect the quality of our water.
  • What the Heck is Stormwater Runoff?
    This video explains stormwater runoff and the relationship between soils, paved areas, and water. It introduces the concepts of infiltration, stormwater management, and the "first flush" after a storm that can carry pollutants throughout a watershed.
Source Water: Watershed Protection Organizations
  • Friends of the Chicago River
    An organization that has been working since 1979 to improve the water quality of the Chicago River for people and the environment.
  • Friends of the Fox River
    An organization that works to protect the Fox River and surrounding watershed.
  • Illinois Groundwater Association
    An organization that strives to educate people about groundwater resources in Illinois.
  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
    One of 33 sea grant programs in the US. This organization works to protect Lake Michigan and 104 miles of shoreline in Illinois and Indiana.
  • Living Lands and Waters
    An organization based in Illinois that travels by barge to host river cleanups, watershed workshops, and other conservation events around the country.
  • Northern Illinois Anglers Association
    An organization focused on the future of Illinois' waterways, especially related to fish and aquatic ecology. They organize an annual public cleanup of the Kankakee River.
  • Prairie Rivers Network
    An organization that advocates for clean water, renewable energy, and healthy rivers in the State of Illinois.
  • Quad Cities Waterkeeper of the Upper Mississippi River
    An organization that works to protect the Mississippi River and surrounding watershed in Illinois and Iowa.
  • River Action
    This organization works to protect the Mississippi River through projects and activities that positively impact the Quad Cities region.
  • Salt Creek Watershed Network
    An organization focused on improving water quality in the Salt Creek watershed, located in the western and northwestern suburbs of Chicago.
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