Coming Together for Clean Water: EPA's Strategy for Achieving Clean Water

This strategy describes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plans to address the most critical stressors and threats to America's water resources. The report summarizes the challenges faced by EPA in protecting America's water resources, including threats to human and aquatic ecosystem health, climate change impacts, infrastructure needs, and population increase. The strategy outlines the challenges that were discussed at the 2010 Coming Together for Clean Water forum, describes the public participation process, and highlights the EPA’s priorities for achieving clean water goals.

The strategy presents key areas to guide EPA actions:

  1. Develop a baseline for progress
  2. Increase protection of healthy waters
  3. Restore degraded waters
  4. Reduce pollution from discrete sources
  5. Enhance watershed resiliency and revitalize communities

In order to achieve these objectives, EPA will promote green infrastructure technologies in combined sewer overflow and municipal separate sanitary sewer system control plans and design stormwater discharge standards to allow the use of green infrastructure in discharge control. EPA will develop and implement a systematic strategy allowing the usage of green infrastructure to meet Clean Water Act requirements.

EPA will also work to ensure the overall sustainability and climate resiliency of drinking water and wastewater utilities by incorporating climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies into planning and operations.

 

 

 

 

Publication Date: March 2011

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