Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new phone app and website titled How's My Waterway. According the the agency's press release, the app is designed to "help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and
streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop
computer. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act,
which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in
caring for the nation’s water resources."
How It Works
• SEARCH: Go to http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway and allow GPS-technology to identify the nearest streams, rivers or lakes or enter a zip code or city name.
• RESULTS: Instantly receive a list of waterways within five miles of the search
location. Each waterway is identified as unpolluted, polluted or unassessed. A
map option offers the user a view of the search area with the results
color-coded by assessment status.
Once a specific lake, river or stream is selected,
the How’s My Waterway app and website provides information on the type of
pollution reported for that waterway and what has been done by EPA and the
states to reduce it. Additional reports and technical information is available
for many waterways. Read
simple descriptions of each type of water pollutant, including pollutant type,
likely sources and potential health risks.
MORE: Related links page connects users to popular
water information on beaches, drinking water and fish and wildlife habitat based
on a user’s search criteria.
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