Apply Now for Source Water Collaborative Pilot

Deadline 12/21: Opportunity to Apply for Source Water Collaborative Pilot

Please consider submitting an application for a new opportunity being offered by the Source Water Collaborative (SWC).

Source Water Collaborative Pilot Program Opportunity:  The SWC intends to sponsor three collaborative efforts in 2013 and is interested in receiving proposals from groups that are ready to initiate a specific collaborative effort using key agricultural and/or Clean Water Act authorities to implement conservation practices and other effective approaches to protect drinking water sources.  The sponsorship would be a 10-month commitment and would include planning support.   Please download this document for more details about the pilot program, including criteria, instructions for submitting your response and an FAQ.

Eligible Recipients:  State and local governments, regional planning organizations and other cross-jurisdictional or multi-state organizations, and non-governmental organizations (non-profit, 501(c)(3)) can apply for this pilot program.

Due Dates:  The deadline to apply for the SWC Pilot Program is December 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST.  Anyone interested in applying should submit an expression of interest by December 12, 2012.  A notice of decisions is expected to be made by February 22, 2013.

Questions:  For more information and to submit applications, please contact Christene Jennings of Salter>Mitchell at



EPA SepticSmart Program Promotes Good Homeowner Practices

EPA has just launched its national SepticSmart program to promote proper septic system care and maintenance by homeowners. SepticSmart was developed by EPA in cooperation with its public and private sector partners, and will serve as an online resource for industry practitioners and local governments, providing access to tools to help educate their clients and residents.  As nearly one quarter of all households in the United States depend on septic systems, these tools serve to promote good homeowner practices such as regularly scheduling inspections of the system, preventative measures such as not pouring cooking grease down the drain, and water conservation efforts to reduce septic system failures and help prolong the life of their systems.  To view the toolbox of downloadable materials including educational postcards, door hangers, and homeowner guides (in English and Spanish), visit the SepticSmart web page at:

Register Now for the November 15th Source Water Webinar on State Economic Strategies

Register now for the Source Water Protection in State Economic Strategies webinar that is being held on Thursday, November 15th from 1:00 to 3:00pm (eastern).  This webinar is the last in the series of five free webinars from the Enabling Source Water Protection team, led by The Trust for Public Land and the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, with support from the River Network and ASDWA.  During the webinar, participants will hear from the states of Ohio and Maine about how focusing on the economics is helping them to work with new partners in new ways, and how improved economic and fiscal performance is one of the strongest arguments for protecting sources of drinking water.


Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


For more information about the state projects, visit the project web site at  For questions, please contact Elizabeth Schilling of SGLI at or 202-207-3355.