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EPA Improves Access To Local Water Quality Information


This week, EPA released the Watershed Assessment, Tracking and
Environmental Results (WATERS) integration web site. WATERS
unites geographically specific water quality data from state web sites
and various EPA sites, including EPA's new National Water Quality
Standards Database and its Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)
Database, with the US Geological Survey's National Hydrographic
Dataset. WATERS users can click on an interactive map to see
which waters are classified by states as impaired (those waters not
attaining water quality standards), and to learn the purpose or use of
each waterbody (such as whether or not it is designated for protection
as a drinking water supply, for recreational use, or for fishing).
Although not yet complete, WATERS will eventually cover all 50 states,
and contain links to data on ambient water quality, drinking water quality,
polluted runoff, fish consumption advisories, facility discharge outfalls,
and other information. For more on WATERS, visit:  http://www.epa.gov/waters on the Internet.

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