Source Water

Source Water Protection is the protection of all present and potential future drinking water sources including; ground water protection, wellhead protection, aquifer protection, and watershed protection pertaining to drinking water sources.

ASDWA – GWPC Groundwater-Based Source Water Protection Paper

September 3: This ASDWA – GWPC Paper is a great educational handout for state drinking water and groundwater programs, as well as water utilities and other water quality stakeholders, to share with potential partners when talking about the importance of, and special considerations for, protecting groundwater sources of drinking water.

USDA NRCS RCPP Funding Announcement for FY ’19

September 3, 2019: The NRCS announced $300 million in funding for Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects for FY ’19. Applications will be accepted from all 50 states and the US islands and territories through December 3, 2019.

USDA NRCS Preparing for Source Water Protection Activities in FY’19

May 6, 2019 – NRCS Bulletin: The NRCS issued this bulletin on “Preparing for Source Water Protection Activities in FY’19” that provides guidance to NRCS State Conservationists on complying with the source water protection language in the 2018 Farm Bill to work with drinking water partners (state source water protection programs and drinking water utilities) to identify local priority areas for source water protection…by September 30, 2019.

USDA NRCS FY’20 NWQI Watershed and Source Water Protection Area Selection and Criteria

June 26, 2019 – NRCS FY’20 NWQI Bulletin: The “National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) Watershed and Source Water Protection Area Selection and Criteria for Implementation and Readiness Phases of NWQI for FY 2020,” is a great opportunity that was started last year as a pilot and has now become a fixed part of NWQI. The NWQI is one of several programs that can be used to meet the new 2018 Farm Bill requirements that direct ten percent of NRCS conservation program funds to be aimed at source water protection. In this NWQI bulletin, the NRCS State Technical Committees (STCs) are directed to propose protection areas based on delineations provided by drinking water partners and for expanded areas in consultation with the utility/drinking water partner (i.e., state drinking water programs). If you haven’t already talked with your NRCS State Conservationist’s office, please reach out to them to collaborate on proposing SWP areas. The proposals are due by September 20, 2019. 

June 25, 2019 Source Water Collaborative Webinar on Working with NRCS and Agricultural Partners to Protect Drinking Water SourcesThis webinar included information about NWQI and other NRCS programs. View the webinar recording here.

USDA NRCS National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) FY-19 Drinking Water Protection Pilot

Webinar – August 1, 2018Slide Decks and Video Recording

 


Source Water Collaborative

The Source Water Collaborative is comprised of 27 partners from Federal, state, and local agencies and organizations (including ASDWA) that work together, as well as individually with their constituents, to help policymakers, planners, agricultural interests, developers, citizen groups, and others integrate source water protection into key decision-making processes.  Visit the web site to:

 

Source Water News

ASDWA’s Source Water News is intended to improve outreach and information sharing for state staff engaged in source water protection and sustainability, climate change, and nutrient pollution related efforts. Subscribe or search the archives at www.asdwa.org/newsroom.
WRF Webcast on Optimizing Land Conservation and Water Supply Benefits

WRF Webcast on Optimizing Land Conservation and Water Supply Benefits

On Tuesday, November 26th, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm (eastern time), the Water Research Foundation (WRF) will host a webcast...

ASDWA Submits Comments to EPA on Freshwater HABs and Hypoxia Events of National Significance

ASDWA Submits Comments to EPA on Freshwater HABs and Hypoxia Events of National Significance

ASDWA submitted comments to the EPA Docket on its “Notice of Intent to Develop a Policy on the Determination of...

New Videos Highlight Connections Between Forestry and Source Water Protection

New Videos Highlight Connections Between Forestry and Source Water Protection

The Texas A&M Forest Service, with support from US Forest Service and the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water, has...

Nominate Your Water Systems for the AWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award

Nominate Your Water Systems for the AWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award

It is time again to nominate your water systems for the AWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award. Nominations are due...