Access Information on Your Local Waterways With This U.S. EPA Website and Mobile App

January 14, 2013

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The How’s My Waterway website shows the water quality status of local waterways. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The How’s My Waterway website shows the water quality status of local waterways. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new website and mobile app called How’s My Waterway. The resource describes whether local waterways have been checked for pollution, what was found, and what is being done. The information can be accessed through smartphones, tablets, and computers, according to an EPA news release.

Individuals can enter a search location to receive a list of waterways nearby and see if they are unpolluted, polluted, or unassessed, along with the year the condition was reported. The resource also features a map that offers a view of the search areas, with waters color-coded by assessment status.

After selecting a specific waterway, users can read detailed information, including the type of pollution reported and actions taken by EPA and states to reduce the pollution.

“It makes science-based water quality information accessible and understandable for everyone,” the news release says.

The resource also links to more detailed scientific assessments that are available online, the news release says.

Jennifer Fulcher, WEF Highlights

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