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Source Water Protection Through Forestry Partnerships

The Source Water Collaborative Launches New Forestry Learning Exchange

The Source Water Collaborative (SWC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Learning Exchange— Source Water Protection Through Forestry Partnerships. The SWC Learning Exchange is an information sharing platform for people and organizations working to protect sources of drinking (...)
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Featured Resources

Watch the Webinar: Source Water Protection Through Forestry Partnerships – February 17, 2021

The Joint Forestry Team shared coordinated actions to improve forest sustainability that benefit drinking water.

Watch the Webinar: Benefits of Forests for Drinking Water – March 10, 2021

With Hughes Simpson of the Texas A&M Forest Service and Paul Hunt with Portland Water District in Maine.

Watch the Webinar: The Catawba-Wateree Initiative – April 15, 2021

Highlighting innovative collaboration with regional partners for forests and water supply using a variety of funding.

Watch the Webinar: Utilities in Action – May 13, 2021

During this webinar, Denver Water and Central Arkansas Water shared how they are using funding for forests and water.

Watch the Webinar: Wildfire Mitigation through the Rio Grande Water Fund – July 27, 2021

Featuring water utilities, land management agencies and implementation partners.

Watch the Webinar: Post-Wildfire Recovery and Drinking Water – September 13, 2021

Presenters included the Wildland Fire Leadership Council, Colorado Drinking Water Program, and Eugene Water and Electric Board.

Watch the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Webinar: Watershed Protection Prioritization – November 10, 2021

Presenters included the Beltrami Soil and Water Conservation District (MN) and Sebago Clean Waters (ME).

Watch the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Webinar: Building Capacity and Networks – November 17, 2021

The webinar included discussion and presentations from watershed protection networks working in central Texas, Minnesota, and across several Hawaiian Islands.

Forestry and Drinking Water Videos

America's Forests With Chuck Leavell: Colorado from 42 Degrees North Media on Vimeo.

Videos on forests and source water protection: Produced by the Southern Group of State Foresters

SWP Through Conservation Funding

The Source Water Collaborative Updates its Source Water Protection Through Conservation Funding Learning Exchange Page

In 2016, marking its 10th anniversary, the Source Water Collaborative (SWC) launched the Learning Exchange.  The Learning Exchange aims to strengthen the effectiveness of source water practitioners across the country by providing a platform to share experiences, transfer knowledge, and (...)
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Featured Resources

Watch the Webinar: Updates from NRCS and the Northeast: Partnering to Protect Drinking Water – June 4, 2020

Featuring presenters from NRCS sharing information about the new bulletin on selecting priority source water protection areas in each state.

Watch the Webinar: Conservation Funding & Drinking Water Utilities – Jan 11, 2018

Showcasing efforts to support agricultural producers through the USDA’s RCPP (Regional Conservation Partnership Program).

Example of a successful RCPP Pre-proposal

Review the Middle Cedar Partnership Project's pre-proposal, the first step in the RCPP application process.

Example of a successful RCPP Full proposal

The Middle Cedar Partnership Project was selected to submit a full proposal with more extensive requirements.

Partnering for Success: The Middle Cedar Partnership Project

16 organizations leverage $2 million in RCPP funding to protect the source of drinking water for Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

NWQI Watershed and Source Water Protection Area Selection and Criteria

In this bulletin, the NRCS STCs are directed to propose protection areas based on delineations provided by drinking water partners.

Watch the Webinar: Opportunities for Engagement with NRCS to Identify New NWQI Watersheds – June 10, 2021

This webinar included Connecticut NRCS, the Oregon Drinking Water Protection Program, and Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District.

AWWA: Farm Bill Key in Protecting Drinking Water

Watch American Water Works Association's (AWWA) video describing how partnerships between the water and agricultural communities are vital to source water protection and how Congress can help address the issue.

RCPP Source Water Protection Projects Map

Click on the map image below to explore RCPP projects from across the country that are helping protect and improve source water quality as well as combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. Project descriptions and information were obtained from the  Regional Conservation Partnership Program website.

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.

The @SourceWaterCol has tools to help u build creative #SourceWaterProtection partnerships.

The @SourceWaterCol celebrates 10yrs by launching new online resources! Check it out!

@SourceWaterCol Launches Learning Exchange! Bolster your #SourceWaterProtection efforts!

Forming & Sustaining Collaboratives

SWC 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

Sample Tweets

Help promote this month's Learning Exchange by tweeting about our activities and resources.

Partnerships increase the chances for success over going it alone! Get a #SourceWaterProtection partnership going!

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"- Help for #SourceWaterProtection!

Big impacts are made when partners w/a shared interest unite w/a desire & ability to act.

As @SourceWaterCol members we know the value of collaboration. Gr8 info to get yours started

Join the @SourceWaterCol & get some partnership tips & inspiration!

As @SourceWaterCol members we know the value of collaboration. Tips to get yours started.

Funding for Source Water Protection

SWC Learning Exchange: 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.

It's no secret finding funding & support for #SourceWaterProtection can be tricky. Got questions? Ask the experts

Tips on watershed investment programs from experts @WorldResources, @bwdh2o & the Endowm't 4 Forestry & Communities

Bring your #SourceWaterProtection funding ??s to @WorldResources, @bwdh2o & the Endowm't for Forestry & Communities.

Collaboratives have more funding options than they think. @SourceWaterCol Learning Exchange has resources to help!

It’s no secret, funding is key to a collaborative’s success, but often a mystery. @SourceWaterCol can help u find $!

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 Webinar: Messaging SWP 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
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