If you're serious about river sustainability, you need to have access to current information on water protection, management, and conservation policy. While the US Environmental Protection Agency isn't the only Federal agency concerned with water, it is unquestionably one of the most important; at a certain level, you just have to know what these folks are doing.
Fortunately, the EPA Office of Water makes that keeping up a little easier by sending out a weekly "Water Headlines" online publication. This often contains links to other agency information sources, grant announcements, and opportunities to comment on agency developments. For example, this week's email included the following:
3) EPA Seeks Public Comment on Strategic Plan to Move Forward on Agency Priorities: Draft plan will help advance Administrator Jackson's seven priorities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on its draft FY 2011-2015 strategic plan, which helps advance Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's priorities and the mission to protect human health and the environment. Administrator Jackson's seven priorities are: taking action on climate change, improving air quality, protecting America's waters, cleaning up our communities, assuring the safety of chemicals, expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice, and building strong state and tribal partnerships.
The draft plan identifies the measurable environmental and human health benefits the public can expect over the next five years and describes how EPA intends to achieve those results. The draft plan proposes five strategic goals and five cross-cutting fundamental strategies that aim to foster a renewed commitment to accountability, transparency and inclusion. The plan is prepared in accordance with the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.
The public comment period begins June 18 and closes July 30. EPA will use stakeholder feedback to prepare the final strategic plan, which will be released by September 30. Comments on the draft strategic plan may be submitted through http://www.regulations.gov. The Docket ID number is EPA-HQ-OA-0486.
For the first time, EPA is using a discussion forum to solicit ideas and feedback on the cross-cutting fundamental strategies, a new element of EPA's strategic plan. The agency will use the feedback provided through https://blog.epa.gov/strategicplan as it implements the cross-cutting fundamental strategies and takes actions to change the way EPA does its work.
Information about the draft plan: http://www.epa.gov/ocfo/plan/plan.htm
Hey, I'll take advantage of an opportunity to comment on an agency's priorities! Don't know who'll read it, or what will happen to my comments, but you won't find out if you don't make the effort.
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