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    Publication NamePublication Description
    A Smart Investment With WaterSense
    Benefits of a WaterSense labeled home.
    EPA 832-F-09-015
    Brochure, 6 pages
    El Agua Es Importante
    Grades 1-8 Provides background information, suggestions for hands-on activities and 3 colorful posters to be displayed separately or as a mural.
    EPA 171-K-02-001
    Teachers' Guide
    Agua: El Recurso (B/W & Color) (Water: Resource that gets used & used & used for everything!)EPA 855-H-96-004
    Antes de ir a la Playa (Before You Go To The Beach)
    Factsheet on beach pollution from the EPA's BEACH Program.
    EPA 823-F-02-014
    Aquatic Habitat Indicators and their Application to Water Quality Objectives within the Clean Water ActEPA 910-R-99-014, IWRRI
    December 1999
    70 pages
    An Assessment of Potential Mining on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska
    Executive summary
    EPA 910-R-14-001ES
    Report, 32 pages
    An Assessment of Potential Mining on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska
    Executive Summary and Volumes 1-3
    EPA 910-C-14-001
    Biological Aspects of Hybrid Poplar Cultivation on Floodplains in Western North America
    A review
    EPA 910-R-99-002
    May 1999
    Booklet; 37 pages
    Biological Assessments and Criteria:
    Crucial Components of Water Quality
    Pamphlet, 6 pages
    Biological Evaluation of the Revised Oregon Water Quality Standards for Temperature, Intergravel Dissolved Oxygen, and Antigradation
    The scientific and technical foundation for the USEPA’s Temperature Guidance (USEPA 2003).
    U.S. EPA Region 10
    Celebrating 30 Years of Protecting Our Oceans
    Keeping our oceans clean and safe
    EPA 842-H-02-001
    A Classification of Lakes in the Coast Range Ecoregion with Respect to Nutrient Processing
    Results of a study conducted in the coastal range of Region 10 in support of nutrient criteria development.
    EPA 910-R-05-002
    December 2005
    Booklet, 40 pages
    Columbia River Basin: State of the River Report for Toxics
    A summary of what we know about four widespread contaminants in the Basin: mercury, DDT and its breakdown products, PCBs, and PBDE flame retardants.
    EPA 910-R-08-004
    January 2009
    Report, 52 pages
    Columbia River Temperature Assessment
    RBM-10 Water Temperature Model. Contains the entire model, all temperature data used, user friendly interfaces for running the model, the results of source code tests and a stastical evaluation of the modeling results.
    EPA 910-C-01-001
    Concepts and Approaches for the Bioassessment of Non-wadeable Streams and Rivers,
    This document shows the technical relationship of the large river bioassessment protocol to other protocols.
    EPA 600-R-06-127
    September 2006
    Report: 170 pages
    Consider the Source
    An interactive guide to protecting America's drinking water.
    EPA 816-C-04-003
    CD ROM
    Discover the Beauty in Wetlands
    Colorful book cover/poster. 19x25
    EPA 843-E-05-002
    Book cover/poster
    Drinking Water: Know What's In It For You
    30 second public service announcements about new drinking water quality reports.
    EPA 810-C-99-001
    Drinking Water Best Management Practices for Schools and Child Care Facilities with their Own Drinking Water Source
    The purpose of this guide is to describe the importance of implementing best management practices for drinking water in schools and child care facilities and how a school or child care facility would go about implementing these practices.
    EPA 816-B-13-001
    Guide, 22 pages
    Drinking Water Best Management Practices For Schools and Child Care Facilities Served by Municipal Water Systems
    The purpose of this guide is to describe the importance of implementing best management practices for drinking water in schools and child care facilities and how a school or child care facility would go about implementing these practices.
    EPA 816-B-13-002
    Guide, 16 pages
    Drinking Water From Household Wells
    If you drink water from your own well, do you know if your water is safe to drink?
    EPA 816-K-02-003
    January 2002
    Drinking Water Glossary
    Definitions to help consumers quickly understand water-related terms.
    EPA 816-F-04-035
    June 2004
    Fact Sheet; 3 pages
    Drinking Water Quality in Indian Country: Protecting Your Sources
    Describes source water protection, the threats and some solutions.
    EPA 816-F-05-011
    November 2005
    Flyer, 4 pages
    Ecological Condition of the Upper Chehalis Basin Streams
    Summarizes data collected in the Upper Chehalis basin of Washington.
    EPA 910-R-01-005
    Booklet; 44 pages
    EPA and Hardrock Mining
    A source book for industry in the Northwest and Alaska
    EPA 910-R-03-001
    Book, 426 pages
    EPA and Hardrock Mining
    A source book for industry in the Northwest and Alaska
    January 2003
    CD, 426 pages
    EPA’s Interactive Sampling Guide for Drinking Water System Operators
    The purpose of this guide is to help drinking water system owners and operators better understand the general procedures involved in collecting Safe Drinking Water Act compliance samples.
    EPA 816-C-06-001
    EPA Region 10 Clean Water Act Section 404 Q&A
    Answers to question about Section 404.
    EPA 910-F-09-005
    Fact Sheet, 4 pages
    EPA Region 10 Guidance for Pacific Northwest State and Tribal Temperature
    Pacific Northwest temperature water quality temperature standards
    EPA 910-B-03-002
    April 2003
    Booklet; 49 pages
    EPA water security & resiliency highlights : program overview
    This document highlights water security projects and partnerships managed or funded by EPA
    EPA 817-F-12-012
    Fact Sheet, 2 pages
    Grades 2-6
    Coloring Sheet, 1 page
    Estuaries - Scenes of Transition
    Featuring original artwork by John Dawson
    Evaluation of Water Temperature Regimes in the in the Snake River Using Transect Measurements
    One-dimensional heat budget model (RBM10) of the basin.
    EPA 910-R-01-008
    December 2001
    Booklet; 31 pages
    Every Drop Counts Folder
    Folder containing WaterSense publications
    EPA 832-E-07-001
    February 2007
    Folder, 2 pages
    Existe Plomo en Mi Agua Potable (Is There Lead In My Drinking Water?)
    Ways to reduce the risk of lead exposure from your home drinking water.
    EPA 816-F-05-019
    July 2005
    Brochure, 6 pages
    Final Bristol Bay Assessment Released
    Fact sheet of Bristol Bay assessment which describes potential impacts to salmon and wetlands from copper, gold mining.
    USEPA Region 10
    Fact Sheet, 4 pages
    Fish and Fisheries Management in Lakes and Reservoirs
    Technical Supplement to: The Lake and Reservoir Restoration Guidance Manual
    EPA 841-R-93-002
    May 1993
    Book; 319 pages
    Functional Profile of Black Spruce Wetlands in Alaska
    Alaska Operations Office Report
    EPA 910/R-96-006
    September 1996
    Booklet; 168 pages
    Functions and Values of Wetlands
    EPA map of wetland components
    EPA 843-H-02-001
    Funding Nonpoint Source Activities with the Clean Water State Revolving FundEPA 832-F-03-009
    Brochure, 21 pages
    The Green-Duwamish River
    Connecting people with a diverse environment.
    Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
    Handbook for Developing and Managing Tribal Nonpoint Source Pollution Programs Under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act
    This updated handbook provides guidance and practical templates for tribes interested in obtaining federal funds to manage nonpoint source pollution under section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.
    EPA 841-B-10-001
    February 2010
    Handbook, 167 pages
    Handbook for Developing and Managing Tribal Nonpoint Source Pollution Programs Under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act
    The goal of this handbook is to provide tribes with guidance and other information that will help them to protect and restore water resources.
    Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect our Waters
    Technical guide and reference document for watershed organizations, states, authorized tribes and the general public.
    EPA 841-B-08-002
    March 2008
    Manual; 405 pages
    Healthy Waters Start With Water Quality Standards
    Water quality standards set the goals to protect rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands in your community.
    EPA 823-H-06-001
    Healthy Waters Start With Water Quality Standards {Crossword Puzzle}
    Water quality standards and healthy waters crossword puzzle.
    EPA 823-E-05-002
    Home Water Testing
    This fact sheet provides information to help you decide whether or not to have your water tested, and if so, suggested tests for your situation.
    EPA 816-F-05-013
    May 2005
    Fact Sheet, 2 pages
    A Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems
    Properly designed, constructed and maintained, your septic tank can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater.
    EPA 832-B-02-006
    Pamphlet, 6 pages
    How Do We Treat Our Wastewater? Colored poster describing water treatment - activities on back. For grade school.
    How Do We Treat Our Wastewater?
    Poster to be colored describing water treatment - activities on back
    US Geological Survey
    EPA 832-R-02-004
    How Water Quality Standards Protect Tribal Waters
    Indian Tribes can administer the Water Quality Standards Program on Tribal Land
    EPA 823-B-02-002
    June 2002
    Booklet, 5 pages
    Ideas for Science Fair Projects on Surface Water Quality Topics for Middle School Students and Teachers
    Why Choose a Science Fair Project on Surface Water Quality?
    EPA 820-F-08-001
    Flyer, 2 pages
    Introduction to Contaminated Sediments
    Information about sources of contaminants, harmful effects, and solving the problem.
    EPA 823-F-99-006
    September 1999
    Booklet, 18 pages
    It Pays to Save Wetlands!
    Colorful activity placemat. Grade 4 to adult.
    EPA 843-E-06-002
    Placemat; 1 page
    It’s YOUR Drinking Water: Get to Know it and Protect it!EPA 810-K-99-002
    Brochure: 8 pages
    Little By Little
    Classic Japanese painting of the wave... now washing over trash.
    NRDC, EPA, Japan Ad Council
    Manure Management and Water Pollution
    The role of government in protecting water quality.
    USEPA Region 10/WA Department of Ecology/WA Department of Agriculture
    Brochure, 8 pages
    Monitor Your WatershedEPA 841-H-03-005
    Coloring sheet, 2 pages
    Monitoring Guidelines to Evaluate Effects of Forestry Activities on Streams in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska
    Provides guidance for designing water quality monitoring projects and selecting monitoring parameters.
    Includes program on diskette and User's Guide.
    EPA 910-9-91-001
    May 1991
    Technical Report; 166 pages
    My Book About WaterChanning L. Bete Co. Inc.
    Coloring Book, 8 pages
    National Estuary Program: The NEP Approach
    Informative brochure about the National Estuary Program, with National Locations on the back page.
    EPA 842-K-07-001
    Brochure, 16 pages
    Ocean Dumping and Dredged Material Management
    In 1972, Congress enacted the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), also known as the Ocean Dumping Act, to prohibit the ocean dumping of material that would unreasonably degrade or endanger human health or the marine environment.
    U.S. EPA
    October 2005
    Fact Sheet, 2 pages
    Oil and Water Don't MixEPA 540-H-02-001
    2002, Poster
    Onsite and Clustered (Decentralized) Wastewater Treatment System Informational Materials
    An introduction to management tools and information for implementing EPA's management guidelines.
    EPA 832-C-06-001
    Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual
    Provides a wealth of information on a variety of traditional and new on onsite system siting, design, installation, maintenance, and replacement. Also available on CD
    February 2002
    Manual; 407 pages
    Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual (CD ROM)
    Extensive Volume
    EPA 625-C-02-017
    Report, 336 pages
    Open the Door to Clean Lakes
    Clean lakes and you.
    EPA 841-E-03-002
    Door Hanger
    Pacific Salmon LifecycleWA Fish & Wildlife
    Protect Salmon Preserve HabitatWA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
    Portland Harbor RI/FS Draft Remedial Investigation Report
    Presents the results of the last eight years of work to characterize the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
    The Lower Willamette Group
    Questions & Answers
    EPA 841-F-94-005
    Brochure; 1 page
    Pollution Sources
    large poster - 42" X 32" Stormwater runoff from: Combined sewer system overflows:
    Process Design Manual – Land Treatment of Municipal Wastewater Effluents
    Design criteria and supporting information for planning, design, construction and operation of land treatment systems. Includes CD ROM.
    EPA 625-R-06-016
    September 2006
    Manual; 181 Pages
    Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff (PDF)
    How urbanized areas affect water quality
    EPA 841-F-03-003
    February 2003
    Fact Sheet; 2 pages
    Protecting Water Resources with Higher-Density Development
    Primer for planners grappling with water protection growing populations.
    EPA 231-R-06-001
    January 2006
    Report; 38 pages
    Recognizing Wetlands
    Good informational and pictoral descriptions of the what, why and hows of wetlands.
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Brochure, 6 pages
    Region 10 In-Stream Biological Monitoring Handbook for Wadeable Streams in the Pacific NW
    Provides a reference for those interested in conducting biological assessments of wadeable streams in EPA Region 10.
    EPA 910/9-92-013
    July 1993
    Technical Handbook; 75 pages
    Regulators' Guide To The Management Of Radioactive Residuals From Drinking Water Treatment Technologies
    This guidance document was developed to assist drinking water programs and systems decide which treatment technology to use based on treatment efficiency, disposal of residuals containing radionuclides, and worker safety concerns.
    EPA 816-R-05-004
    July 2005
    Report, 71 pages
    Restoration Potential of Diked Estuarine Wetlands
    Inferring Fate and Recovery Rate of Historically Breached Sites
    EPA 910/R-96-005
    July 1996
    Booklet, 71 pages
    Safe Drinking Water Tools
    Provides a one-stop knowledge portal for many of OGWDW's products and tools already in print.
    EPA 816-C-05-003
    Salmon Rescue
    This book has coloring pages and activities that teach how people can save salmon with the help of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
    WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
    Activity/Coloring Book
    28 pages
    Salmonid Behavior and Water Temperature - Issue Paper 1
    Prepared as part of EPA Region 10 temperature water quality criteria guidance development project.
    EPA 910-D-01-001
    May 2001
    Booklet, 35 pages
    Salmonid Distribution and Temperature - Issue Paper 2
    Prepared as part of EPA Region 10 temperature water quality criteria guidance development project.
    EPA 910-D-01-002
    May 2001
    Booklet, 22 pages
    Save Our Schools
    Grades K-4
    FISH Habitat Project
    Coloring Sheet, 1 page
    Save Our Seas
    Preventing Marine Debris
    EPA 842-H-92-001
    Section 319: Success Stories Volume III
    The successful implementation of the Clean Water Act's Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Program.
    EPA 841-S-01-001
    February 2002
    Booklet, 242 pages
    Shipshape Shores and Waters (PDF, 22pp. 2.4MB)
    A Handbook for marina operators and recreational boaters
    January 2003
    Booklet, 17 pages
    Source Water Protection: It's in Your Hands
    Source water - the natural origin of the water we use on a daily basis.
    EPA 816-F-03-008
    June 2003
    Pamphlet, 1 page
    Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Stream Temperature - Issue Paper 3
    Prepared as part of EPA Region 10 temperature water quality criteria guidance development project.
    EPA 910-D-01-003
    October 2001
    Booklet, 31 pages
    SRF's Up: A Newsletter for the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRF Programs
    Highlights EPA's recently released white paper 'The Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program: Tapping it's Untapped Potential", that discusses the full range of program eligibilities and assistance options available under the CWSRF.
    EPA 832-N-08-001
    Summer 2008
    Report, 8 pages
    Grades 2-6
    Coloring Sheet, 1 page
    Summary of Technical Literature Examining the Physiological Effects of Temperature on Salmonids
    Prepared as part of EPA Region 10 temperature water quality criteria guidance development project.
    EPA 910-D-01-005
    May 2001
    Booklet, 114 pages
    Take The Stormwater Runoff Challenge: Crossword Puzzle
    Provides a fun learning opportunity for middle children and can be used to generate classroom discussion or further exploration of water pollution issues.
    EPA 841-H-03-002
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Storm Drain SaversU.S. EPA Region 5
    Coloring book, 8 pages
    Temperature Interaction - Issue Paper 4
    Prepared as part of EPA Region 10 temperature water quality criteria guidance development project.
    EPA 910-D-01-004
    May 2001
    Booklet, 114 pages
    Thirstin's Drinking Water Games and Activities
    Grades K-12. This CD is equipped with resources to help students from grade K to 12 to learn more about drinking water.
    EPA 816-C-04-008
    Thirstin's Wacky Water Adventure
    Grades 2-5 Coloring and activity book about protecting and conserving drinking water
    EPA 816-K-04-002
    June 2004
    Color/activity book; 15 pages
    Tribal Wetland Program Highlights
    Case studies the provide information about many of the tools and strategies Tribes and Native organizations are using to address wetland issues
    EPA 834-R-99-002
    March 2000
    Booklet, 81 pages
    Turning The Tide On Trash
    A Learning Guide on Marine Debris
    EPA 852-B-92-003
    Fall 1992
    Guide, 70 pages
    Understanding the Safe Drinking Water Act
    History of the Safe Drinking Water Act
    EPA 816-F-04-030
    June 2004
    Brochure, 4 pages
    Volunteer Wetland Monitoring
    An Introduction and Resource Guide
    EPA 843-B-00-001
    December 2001
    Booklet, 42 pages
    Wastewater Treatment Programs Serving Small Communities
    Overview of EPA & EPA sponsored programs.
    EPA 832-R-02-004
    December 2002
    Brochure; 4 pages
    Water and Me Coloring BookNatl. Assoc. of Conservation Districts
    Coloring book, 16 pages
    Water-Efficient Landscaping
    This booklet describes the benefits of water-efficient landscaping.
    EPA 832-F-02-002
    Booklet, 15 pages
    Watershed Academy Web on CD
    This training CD contains 44 modules on the primary elements of watershed management, including watershed ecology, watershed management, and analysis and planning.
    EPA 841-C-03-001
    The Water Cycle: Nature's Recycling System
    Features artwork of the water cycle; reverse side
    Water Health Series - Bottled Water Basics
    This booklet will be a companion to "Home Water Treatment Unit Facts." It will provide information to help consumers decide whether to use bottled water and if so, what to look for on the label.
    EPA 816-K-05-003
    September 2005
    Booklet, 8 pates
    Water On Tap: What You Need To Know and Drinking Water From Household Wells CD
    CD provides viewing instructions and system requirements. "On this interactive CD you will find: sampling guide, case studies, rule wizard, and contaminant list."
    EPA 816-C-04-006
    Water Quality Trading Assessment Handbook: EPA Region 10's Guide to Analyzing Your Watershed
    Water quality trading can be a business-like, cost-effective, local solution to problems caused by pollutant discharges to surface waters.
    EPA 910-B-03-003
    July 2003
    Technical, 98 pages
    Water ReCycles -The Complete StoryEPA 906-H-02-001
    A Water Security Handbook:
    Planning For and Responding to Drinking Water Contamination Threats and Incidents
    EPA 817-B-06-001
    April 2006
    Manual; 61 pages
    WaterSense: A National Brand for Local Results
    Benefits of becoming a WaterSense partner.
    EPA 832-F-06-034
    Brochure, 6 pages
    WaterSense: Frequently Asked Questions
    WaterSense Certification and Labeling of High-Efficiency Toilets
    Fact Sheet, 4 pages
    WaterSense: Flush Fact vs Fiction
    Truth About High-Efficiency Toilets
    EPA 832-F-07-012
    September 2007
    Brochure, 6 pages
    WaterSense: Simple Steps to Save Water
    This fact sheet provides tips about how consumers can conserve water in their homes and utilize techniques for water conservation with gardening.
    EPA 832-F-07-011
    March 2008
    Brochure, 8 pages
    WaterSense: Watering Can Be Efficient!
    Fine-Tune Your Irrigation System to Save Water and Money
    EPA 832-K-08-001
    June 2008
    Brochure, 6 pages
    Watershed Academy Web on CD
    This training CD contains 44 modules on the primary elements of watershed management, including watershed ecology, watershed management, and analysis and planning.
    EPA 841-C-03-001
    Watershed Protection: Glossary of Watershed Related Terms
    This glossary provides you with definitions of some of the more commonly used terms and acronyms.
    EPA Region 10
    March 1995
    Fact Sheet; 4 pages
    Welcome to the Wetlands
    Grades 2-6 Wetlands Information
    EPA 843-H-97-001
    Coloring Poster
    Wetlands Coloring Sheet
    Grades 2-6
    WA Department of Ecology
    Coloring sheet, 1 page
    What's Up With Our Nation's Waters?
    Summary and Project for Wetlands and Groundwater Awareness
    EPA 841-F-02-002
    June 2002
    Booklet, 24 pages
    Who Needs Clean Water?
    Crossword puzzle and coloring sheet.
    EPA 823-F-08-002
    May 2008
    Activity Sheet, 2 pages
    World of Fresh Water - A Resource for Studying Issues of Freshwater Research
    Grades 4-6 (adaptable to older groups). The activities in this packet were developed in reference to research conducted at an U.S. EPA Laboratory to help us better understand the pollutants on freshwater systems and determine how we can best keep these
    EPA 600-K-96-001
    You Dump it, You Drink it (PDF)
    Recycle used motor oil.
    EPA 530-F-02-027
    Brochure, 4 pages
    The Young Scientists' Introduction to Wetlands
    Grades K-5. Addresses: What is a wetland?; Wetland plants; Wetland animals; Wetland types (marsh, swamp, flood plain, etc.); Visiting a wetland; and Value of wetlands.
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Activity Book, 12 pages
    Your Clean Water Connection
    Seattle Public Utilities
    Seattle Public Utilities
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