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Is Your Waterway Polluted?

November 1, 2012

“How’s My Waterway?” Can you answer this question about your favorite vacation lake, or the river where you walk with your dog?  Are streams in your community polluted, and what’s being done about it if they are?

Most people don’t know – and are surprised to learn – that the answers have been publicly available for years.  But publicly available doesn’t always mean easily accessible and understandable.

The EPA has just released a new web-tool called, How's My Waterway? to help people understand the condition of their local streams, lakes, and other wateres anywhere in the US quickly and in plain language.

Using the tool, you can see if your local waterway was checked for pollution, what was found, what steps you can take, and what is being done about it.

In many local cases, the tool might leave users with unanswered questions. To find out more about localized assessments, pollution, and restoration actions, contact your local watershed association, Conservation District, or the PA DEP's Water Programs. These groups can help you answer your water questions and find opportunities to get involved in local restoration efforts.

What do you think of the new tool? Check it out here: http://watersgeo.epa.gov/mywaterway