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EPA app informs public about polluted waterways

May 08, 2014
KEYWORDS water quality
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching an advanced version of its "How's My Waterway" app, which allows consumers to check the quality of water in rivers, lakes and streams across the country from their desktop, tablet or smartphone.

The app provides this information through GPS technology or by users entering their zip code or city name to display information about water bodies in the local area. The new version includes details on more waterways, including local drinking water sources and watersheds, and updates on current efforts to protect local water bodies, the EPA explained.

Once the location of the user is identified, the app shows list of waterways within five miles of the location, with each body of water marked as unpolluted, polluted or unassessed. When a specific waterway is selected, details about the type of pollution are provided, along with information about cleanup or restoration efforts made by the EPA or other organizations.

Nancy Stoner, acting assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Water, commented that keeping communities across the U.S. informed about the condition of their waterways was a priority for the agency and was the main reason behind the launch of the enhanced version of the app.

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