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Nonpoint Source Managers Look Ahead

Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2018 | Posted in News

At a workshop in Colorado Springs November 5-8, state, tribal, and EPA professionals from around the country talked about five-year plans for managing nonpoint source pollution.

Nonpoint source pollution is a leading cause of water quality problems in the country, according to the EPA. It is one of NEIWPCC’s priorities.

During a field trip to Red Rock Canyon Open Space, workshop attendees learned about nonpoint source issues specific to the canyon and the region’s natural and cultural history. JAMES PLUMMER

NEIWPCC hosted the National Nonpoint Source Training Workshop, in cooperation with the EPA, to facilitate education, networking, and collaboration among nonpoint source program managers.

The Clean Water Act requires that states, territories, and designated tribes have nonpoint source management plans, which they update every five years. The EPA distributes grant money to aid implementation of these plans.

Many of the sessions during the four-day training workshop were focused on the management programs, as plans expire in 2019.

Other sessions were forums for sharing expert insights on specific issues or program implementation strategies. There were also breakout sessions for state and tribal representatives.

Workshop participants had many opportunities to network and learn from each other’s nonpoint source management experience. BARRY TONNING

The training concluded with a field trip to Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Two educators from the group Friends of Red Rock Canyon and Jane Ceraso, director of NEIWPCC’s Water Resource Protection programs, led the excursion.

About 230 people attended the conference, some 50 of whom were tribal representatives. Many others joined remotely.

NEIWPCC hosted a similar NPS training workshop in 2016. Both conferences were supported by a five-year agreement with the EPA.