The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released a new mobile app and website, How’s My Waterway, on October 18th. The site provides the public with plain English information on local waterways based on water quality assessment reports that states provide to USEPA under sections 305(b) and 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. Its local-scale (roughly 5-mile radius) search retrieves information on whether and when a waterway was assessed, what pollution was reported, and what has been done to improve conditions. How’s My Waterway provides simple descriptions of each major category of pollutants, where the pollution comes from, its effect on the environment and on beneficial waterway uses, what citizens can do to help, and where to find more information. It also identifies whether a polluted waterway has TMDL cleanup plans or polluted runoff control projects.
For more information, visit: www.epa.gov/mywaterway