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Newsletter #132 for September 10, 2014

EPA Announces Two National Centers for Research & Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems

Yesterday the US Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of $8 million for two technology innovation centers, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Colorado Boulder. We are excited to be a partner with the UMass center as well as collaborating closely with the Colorado team. We plan to share more on our role soon!

"These centers will help strengthen the technical, managerial, and financial capacities of drinking water providers throughout the country. Both centers will collaborate with a range of stakeholders to support problem-oriented research on groups of water contaminants and their origins. This research marks a move towards developing transdisciplinary results that will be nationally acceptable and applicable."

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There's a big leak in America's water tower - This audio/text article, from NPR's All Things Considered, highlights some of the science on glaciers and snowpack.

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