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MEDIA ADVISORY: EPA, USDA and State Partners to Discuss Priority Water Pollution Reduction Issues April 18 and 19 in Louisville, Kentucky

Release Date: 04/16/2013
Contact Information: Stacy Kika, kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – On April 18-19, representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), other federal agencies and states in the Mississippi River basin will meet in Louisville, Ky. to discuss strategies and innovative approaches for reducing nutrient pollution in the basin and the Gulf of Mexico.

Nutrient pollution is one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and addressing sources of nutrient pollution is a priority for EPA and its partners.

The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force will also tour the Parklands at Floyds Fork and the Floyds Fork Water Quality Treatment Center in Louisville to view innovative technological nutrient pollution reduction methods taking place at the center.

WHO:
Nancy Stoner (Task Force co-chair), Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water
Bill Northey (Task Force co-chair), Commissioner, Iowa Department of Agriculture
Ann Mills, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources
Dr. Leonard K. Peters, Secretary, Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet
James R. Comer, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

WHAT:
The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force meeting and tour

WHEN:
Task Force Meeting: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. EDT
Tour: Friday, April 19, 2013,1:45 p.m. EDT

WHERE:
April 18:
Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force Meeting
Galt House Hotel, Daisy Room
140 North Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40202

April 19:
Tour
Beckley Creek Park
471 W. Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202

****Members of the press are asked to RSVP for the tour by emailing Stacy Kika at
kika.stacy@epa.gov.

Directions to Beckley Creek Park:
• Take I-64 East to exit 19B to merge onto I-265N/Gene Snyder Fwy
• Take exit 27 for US-60/Shelbyville Rd toward Middletown/Eastwood
• Turn right off the exit onto US-60 E/Shelbyville Rd
• Drive approximately 1.5 miles and enter the park on the right across from Valhalla Golf Course (by turning onto Beckley Creek Parkway)


More information on the Task Force:
http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/named/msbasin/index.cfm.