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“Sustainable Communities, Healthy Watersheds” 2010 Annual Report Available Online

EPA has released its 2010 Annual Report titled “Sustainable Communities, Healthy Watersheds.” The report contains information about EPA’s work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the development of new draft guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act (also known as the Waters of the U.S. Draft Guidance); progress in better protection of water quality in Appalachia from the harmful effects of surface coal mining operations; and advancement in the work of the National Ocean Council.  The report also includes information about EPA’s response to the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill through data monitoring evaluation, design monitoring plans and other efforts.  Information about efforts to address nitrogen and phosphorus pollution through the development of a recommended Framework for states  as well as a new guidance that addresses polluted runoff from federal land management activity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are also included in this publication.

The report can be viewed at: http://water.epa.gov/aboutow/owow/upload/owowannualreport2010.pdf .