Water Resource Protection |
Ground and Source Water Protection
The quality of our region's sources of drinking water--underground aquifers, lakes, streams, rivers, and reservoirs--has long been a priority at NEIWPCC. Certainly, drinking water can be treated before consumption, but the best strategy, from both an economic and environmental standpoint, is to prevent contamination at the source itself. That's always been a difficult task, and in our region, protecting water flowing across interstate boundaries presents a particular challenge due to local and state regulations.
Our Groundwater and Source Water Protection Workgroup, comprised of state and EPA staff, meets three times a year. These meetings provide a unique opportunity for the states to compare strategies and approaches and provide feedback to EPA on their initiatives. This collaboration helps forge a strong and productive working relationship between the states in our region as well as between the states and EPA.
Some of the main topics discussed in recent meetings and workshops have been Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) reports, Cyanobacteria, Geothermal Heat Pumps, and Ground Water Impacts from Stormwater Infiltration. Future discussions and trainings on these topics will provide the foundation for implementing improved source water protection measures throughout the region.
For tools you can use to take action in your community to protect drinking water sources in your water supply area, your watershed area, your community, and your backyard please read this booklet: “Water Today…Water Tomorrow?: Protecting Drinking Water Sources in Your Community.”
For more information, contact Monica Kacprzyk, the coordinator of our Ground Water and Source Water Protection Workgroup.