Web-Based Water Efficiency Resource Library
The Alliance for Water Efficiency, a national non-profit organization that promotes the efficient and sustainable use of water, announces the formal launch of its comprehensive web-based Water Efficiency Resource Library, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Click here to link to the library.
ArcGIS Online
Are you interested in learning more about GIS programs? ESRI provides free online courses every month on different topics for the public to access. For more information goto the ESRI Training & Education page.
Do's and Don'ts Around the Home
Check out this web page on how you can help prevent non-point source pollution right at your own home. You may be contributing to pollution and not even know it. You can make a difference by making changes at your own home. Learn about all the ways you can make a difference.
Curriculum for Teachers from EPA
The EPA "WaterSense" program has released new educational materials for teachers and kids called "A day in the life of a drop". Learn about the connections between sources of water used and how those uses affect human health and the environment. Includes a teacher's guide, worksheets, spreadsheets, and a pledge sheet. For more information and materials goto the EPA website.
Septic System Improvement
Nearly one quarter of the nation's housing and commercial development depend on onsite and septic wastewater treatment systems. When properly sited, designed, and maintained, these systems perform at a high level. However, between 10 and 20 percent fail each year, posing a great threat to surface and groundwater. Malfunctioning systems are the second greatest threat to groundwater quality in the United States.
For more information and materials goto the EPA website.
South Dakota Treasure Chest for 4th Grade History
The South Dakota State Historical Society has many great resources for classroom use including classroom trunks, lesson plans, and activity sheets. Many of the lessons and activites can be downloaded from their website. For more information and materials for your classroom goto the SD Historical Society website.
Discover Water Interactive Website
Brought to you by Project WET, this website explores water in our lives. There are eight topics: Planet, Water Cycle, Oceans, Freshwater, Watersheds, Water Use, Using Water, and Healthy peopel. For age group 9 to 13. Discover Water Website

Wasting Water is Weird
Kohler, Lowe’s, Bosch, and Procter & Gamble wanted to make some waves in Americans’ water conservation behaviors. The four sponsors pooled their resources to support a national PSA campaign we created, “Wasting Water Is Weird.” In the campaign, a character named Rip the Drip showed up that moment when using water became wasting water and he made that moment so awkward, no one could forget it. In fact, 29% of consumers who had seen the campaign said it caused them to change their water usage habits. For more information goto the Wasting Water is Weird webstie. Wasting Water is Weird videos: Bathroom Dishwasher Carwash
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is an online professional development magazine which focuses on preparing elementary teachers to teach polar science concepts while also integrating inquiry-based science and literacy instruction. In addition you can find multimedia resources such as podcasts and electronic books for student use.Click here to goto the website.
New Records Set: Arctic Ocean Sea Ice Decline while Ice Surrounding Antarctica Increases
In September 2012, sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean declined to thelowest extent on record while sea ice surrounding Antarctica has hit an all time high. Satellite data from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) show the changes. Click here for Antarctica and click here for Arctic Ocean.
America's Most Endangered Rivers (click here)
America’s Most Endangered Rivers is more than a list. It is a call to action to engage concerned citizens in the fight to protect rivers.
LandSat Identifies Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest
Since 1972, Landsat has collected more than three million images that describe two generations of human imprints on Earth, as well as the planet’s effects on humanity. In 2011, scientists from North Carolina, France, and Peru saw that deforestation in a portion of the Amazon rainforest was proceeding at an unusual pace in an unexpected place. Images from the Landsat 5 satellite clearly showed that deforestation had increased six-fold over a six-year period in the remote Madre de Dios region of Peru, near the Bolivian border. No one knew why. Click here to find out the cause.
New Information About Harmful Algae Blooms Online
EPA has published a new web page on harmful algal blooms. Harmful algal blooms cause fouling of beaches and shorelines, economic and aesthetic losses, taste and odor problems in drinking water, and direct risks to human, fish and animal health. The web page includes information on the causes of bloom occurrence, adverse human health effects from exposure to cyanotoxins (toxins from blue-green algae), ecological effects, past and ongoing research, and links to other sites with information on algal toxins in freshwater. Click here to to find out more!
Midwest Drought Brings Fourth Smallest Gulf of Mexico 'Dead Zone' Since 1985
NOAA-supported scientists have found the size of this year’s Gulf of Mexico oxygen-free ‘dead zone’ to be the fourth smallest since mapping of the annual hypoxic, or oxygen-free area began in 1985. Hypoxia is fueled by nutrient runoff from agricultural and other human activities in the Mississippi River watershed, which stimulates an overgrowth of algae that sinks, decomposes and consumes most of the life-giving oxygen supply in bottom waters. To read more, click here!
Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Data Access Tool
EPA has added updated data in the Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Data Access Tool (NPDAT), a tool intended to help states develop effective nitrogen and phosphorus source reduction.Click here to launch the geospacial viewer and download data.
Conserving Water is a Good Way to Save Money
All of us pay a cost for water whether it is in the form of an electric bill, cost of city water, or the time and energy it takes to haul water. Read this article fo find out more on what steps you can take to conserve more water.
Swim Guide
Swim Guide gives you the most up-to-date information about water quality at your beaches. Identify at a glance which beaches are clean for swimming (Green) and which have water quality problems (Red) in real-time. Report pollution or environmental concerns.The Swim Guide gives you original descriptions with photographs of over 1,500 different beaches so you can learn a bit of history and geography as you explore! Click here to access Swim Guide.
How's My Waterway?
Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the US... quickly and in plain language. See if your local waterway was checked for pollution, what was found, and what is being done. Click here to access the website.
Septic Smart
Learn the benefits to keeping a properly maintained septic system. The facts may surprise you. Follow these maintenance tips to help ensure your system continues to operate reliably. Click here to access the website.
Meet Lady Bird
Lady Bird is 443 feet long, and is moving 100 feet below the ground under Washington D.C. She is buidling a $2.6 billion wastewater tunnel to clean up the Potomac, Anacostia, and Rock Creek Rivers. Click here to meet Lady Bird.
Tale of Two Poles
The 2014 Arctic sea ice extent was the sixth lowest recorded in the modern satellite era. Meanwhile, sea ice on the other side of the planet was headed in the opposite direction and had already supassed its coverage for the first time in the modern satellite record. Click here for more information and maps.
Arctic Sea Ice Status - 2018
Arctic sea ice reaches its maximum extent each March, following months of growth during usually frigid and dark autumn and winter. The date of maximum extent for winter 2018 has yet to be determined, but in February 2018, the average ice extent was the lowest of any February on record. Click here for more information and maps.
Ogallala Aquifer Initiative
The Ogallala Aquifer is the largest aquifer in the U.S. that extends across eight states. The Ogallala Aquifer has suffered in recent years from increased periods of drought and declining water resources. The Initiative will help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water, annually. Click here for more information and maps.
Clean WAter Rule & Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rulemaking
On May 27, 2015, in an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. Since publication of the rule in the Federal Register, numerous lawsuits were filed challenging the regulation. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of the Army finalized a rule adding an applicability date to the 2015 Rule defining “waters of the United States.” The 2015 Rule will not be applicable until February 6, 2020. Click here for more information including what the rule does, what the rule does not do, court rulings, and other documents.
2018 Pledge to Test Campaign
In a survey of over 1,700 well owners, 67% believed their well water was safe without any evidence to support it. You can protect your health and your family's by getting your well water tested. Well owners are invited to pledge to submit a water sample for testing to a lab in their area by March 31, 2018. One Pledge to Test Campaign participant will be randomly selected to be reimbursed for the cost of testing the private well water at their residence, up to $200. Click here to make your pledge.
WaterSense helps save water, energy, and money
Showering is one of the leading ways Americans use water in the home, accounting for nearly 17 percent of indoor water use. Every time you take a shower, you also use energy to heat . WaterSense labeled showerheads save water and energy while still providing a satisfying spray. You can find WaterSense labeled showerheads in all kinds of styles and price points, and some utilities offer rebates to help offset the cost. By replacing just one showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, EPA estimates the average family can save 2,900 gallons of water, the amount of electricity needed to power its home for 13 days, and more than $70 in energy and water costs every year.Click here to find out more about WaterSense.
Information on Public Water Systems
Did you know you can search for information on any public water system in the United States? Find out information such as population served, primary water source, and more! To search for a public water system click here.
South Dakota Environmental Issues
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources has a web page with information about environmental issues in the state. Click here to read more about the new Buffer Strip Property Tax Incentive, the Keystone Pipeline Spill Cleanup, and other such issues.
Connect with EPA Region 8 on Facebook
Follow EPA Region 8 on Facebook. EPA Regions 8 covers Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 27 Tribal Nations. Keep up on the latest apps, water saving ideas, and upcoming meetings and workshops.