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Linking SWP to Emergency Preparedness

SWC Learning Exchange: Linking Source Water Protection to Emergency Preparedness

With spills and contamination events making headlines across the country, drinking water utilities face an array of challenges protecting their source waters from man-made and natural disasters. Is your community or utility prepared for a day without water? Strong partnerships (...)
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Featured Resources

Watch the Webinar: Linking Source Water Protection and Emergency Preparedness & Response

This webinar will provide recommendations on how to improve planning for emergency preparedness and response.

River Alert Information Network (RAIN)

Early warning monitoring system that notifies decision makers to ensure faster implementation of actions.

Preparing and responding to an emergency

Resources from our diverse member network to help your utility & community prepare & respond to a drinking water event.

A Methodology for Locating and Managing Dynamic Potential Contaminant Data

A methodology from the Water Research Foundation on identifying, visualizing and analyzing potential contamination sources upstream of drinking water intakes.

USGS Health-Based Screening Levels (HBSLs)

Can be used during source water contamination events to determine potential human health concern & help prioritize response efforts.

Featured Story: Pennsylvania’s Early Warning Systems

PA & neighboring states' development of early warning systems among community water systems, and other partners.

Creative Partnerships

The Source Water Collaborative Marks 10 Years by Launching the Learning Exchange

Marking its tenth year, the Source Water Collaborative (SWC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Learning Exchange—an information sharing platform for people and organizations working to protect sources of drinking water. With the Learning Exchange, the SWC aims (...)
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Featured Resources

Watch the Creative Partnerships Webinar

Featuring Lynn Thorp with Clean Water Action, Steve Via with AWWA. and Jim Capurso, with the U.S. Forest Service.

Top Tips For Partnerships

Download the SWC's top tips and links to helpful resources.

Featured Case Study

Bromide Discharges from Power Plants: A Clean Water Act-Safe Drinking Water Act Integration Story

Featured Case Study

U.S. Forest Service and Geos Institute formed the Oregon-Washington Drinking Water Providers Partnership

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Join and hear tips from @AWWAACE, @cleanh2oaction and @ForestServiceNW on forming partnerships. http://www.asdwa.org/swcwebinarseries2016

The @SourceWaterCol has tools to help u build creative #SourceWaterProtection partnerships. http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/learningexchange

The @SourceWaterCol celebrates 10yrs by launching new online resources! Check it out! http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/learningexchange

@SourceWaterCol Launches Learning Exchange! Bolster your #SourceWaterProtection efforts! http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/learningexchange


Forming & Sustaining Collaboratives

New Resources Available in September Learning Exchange: “Forming and Sustaining Source Water Protection Collaboratives”

This month the Source Water Collaborative Learning Exchange will showcase the work of local, state, and regional source water protection partnerships. These source water collaboratives constitute a diverse set of entities with differing geographic scopes, water and pollution concerns, collaborative (...)
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Featured Resources

Watch the Forming & Sustaining Collaboratives Webinar

Hear experiences from well-established and newly forming collaboratives.

Share These Tips for Forming a New Collaborative

Links to resources that will help your partnership get started

Share These Tips for Sustaining Your Collaborative

Links to resources that will help motivate and engage your partners

Featured Story: Eastern Lancaster County SWP Collaborative

This former SWC pilot and active collaborative highlights agricultural & residential workgroup successes

Featured Story: SWP Initiative for Newport Water Supply Reservoirs

Learn how this RI partnership formed to protect its 9 source water reservoirs

Featured Story: Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water

Learn about this new collaboration’s goals and current partners

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Partnerships increase the chances for success over going it alone! Get a #SourceWaterProtection partnership going! http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/connect-with-others/learningexchange/

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"- Help for #SourceWaterProtection! http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/connect-with-others/learningexchange/

Big impacts are made when partners w/a shared interest unite w/a desire & ability to act. http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/connect-with-others/learningexchange/

As @SourceWaterCol members we know the value of collaboration. Gr8 info to get yours started http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/connect-with-others/learningexchange/

Join the @SourceWaterCol & get some partnership tips & inspiration! http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/connect-with-others/learningexchange/

As @SourceWaterCol members we know the value of collaboration. Tips to get yours started. http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/connect-with-others/learningexchange/


Funding for Source Water Protection

October Learning Exchange Theme: Funding Source Water Protection

Securing clean drinking water is increasingly difficult in the United States. Aging infrastructure, increasing demand, extreme weather fueled by climate change, and rapidly developing landscapes are taxing capacities, driving up cost of water treatment, and posing challenges to the long-term (...)
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Featured Resources

Watch the Funding for Source Water Protection Webinar

Hear about new eligibilities for accessing the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds for source water protection, and tips for leveraging ...

Watch the Accelerating Investment in Watershed Protection Webinar

Featured panelists: U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities; World Resources Institute; and Beaver Water District

Key Funding Resources Every Source Water Stakeholder Should Know

Download a resource document with quick links and descriptions of various government and private grants.

Featured Story: Oregon Coalition Pools $ to Finance Source Water

Learn how Clackamas River Water Providers combines membership dues and grants to fund projects and research.

Featured Story: Leveraging Federal Funding to Restore New Hampshire Drinking Water

Restoring Pennichuck Water Works’ Source Watershed


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Panel of #SourceWaterProtection experts provide insights & answer questions on watershed investment programs. http://asdwa.org/swcwebinarseries2016

It's no secret finding funding & support for #SourceWaterProtection can be tricky. Got questions? Ask the experts http://asdwa.org/swcwebinarseries2016

Tips on watershed investment programs from experts @WorldResources, @bwdh2o & the Endowm't 4 Forestry & Communities http://asdwa.org/swcwebinarseries2016

Bring your #SourceWaterProtection funding ??s to @WorldResources, @bwdh2o & the Endowm't for Forestry & Communities. http://asdwa.org/swcwebinarseries2016

Collaboratives have more funding options than they think. @SourceWaterCol Learning Exchange has resources to help! http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/connect-with-others/learningexchange/

It’s no secret, funding is key to a collaborative’s success, but often a mystery. @SourceWaterCol can help u find $! http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/connect-with-others/learningexchange/

Nutrient Reduction Successes

SWC Learning Exchange: Why everyone should care about nutrient pollution

Co-Authored by SWC Members: Jim Taft (ASDWA), Lynn Thorp (Clean Water Action) and Karen Wirth (EPA’s Source Water Protection Team) This month, the Source Water Collaborative’s Learning Exchange will feature efforts to reduce nutrient pollution in sources of drinking water. (...)
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Featured Resources

Watch the Messaging Source Water Protection in Agricultural Communities

Hear success stories on engaging farming communities to reduce nitrates in ground water

SWC’s Agricultural Partner Collaboration Toolkit

Tips for partnering with Conservation Districts and State Conservationists to reduce nutrient pollution


Protect the Source: A Story Map

Communities across the country are working together to eliminate nutrient pollution in their sources of drinking water. Click on the interactive story map below to learn more about the causes and sources of nutrient pollution and to browse projects to reduce nutrients in your area.

To use the Story Map:
  • Click the image below to open the map in your browser
  • Scroll down through pages using your mouse roller or the browser arrows
  • Jump to a story section by clicking a bookmark in the webpage header
  • You may also navigate maps embedded within the story map pages by clicking on the map and using the built-in browser tools
  • At the end of the map you will find a “Project Inventory” of examples of what some communities across the country are doing to eliminate nutrient pollution in their sources of drinking water
To use the “Project Inventory” Map:

Click images on the sidebar at left or on map pins to view project summaries

To feature your project on this Map:
  • Share a brief description on how you are reducing nutrient pollution in source water to info@sourcewatercollaborative.org
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