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The Clean Water Act Owner's  Manual 2nd Edition

A plain-English guide to the Clean Water Act -- focuses on public involvement opportunities.  Available for $40 from River Network, www.rivernetwork.org

For more info on the manual, visit WREN's drinking water website, www.drinkingwaterwise.org

Watersheds: Processes, Assessment, and Management

author Paul DeBarry covers aspects of watershed physical processes such as assessing, classifying, and evaluating a watershed; using GIS models for watershed assessment; and effectively planning for future use and demands.

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North American Power Plant Emissions
(North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, 2005, 93 pp) presents specific air pollutant information from 2002 for individual fossil fuel-fired power plants across North America. PA is reported as the leading polluter in North America. Available at: http://www.cec.org/

Manure’s Impact on Rivers, Streams, and the Chesapeake Bay (Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 27 pp, 2004) details the impacts of and outlines a series of actions to stop the damage from this pollution. Available on-line at www.cbf.org, search by title.

Cycle of Harm: Mercury’s Pathway from Rain to Fish in the Environment
(Nat'l Wildlife Federation, 2003, 28pp)
analyzes mercury in precipitation at 35 monitoring sites, including 7 in PA, and discusses causes and impacts. Available on-line at: http://www.nwf.org/nwfwebadmin/

Water is Life
(PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, 2001, 20 pp)
A collection of essays on water topics. Available online at
www.dep.state.pa.us (directLINK "Water Resources")

The Effects of Acidic Deposition on Aquatic Ecosystems in Pennsylvania
http://www.environment.erri.psu.edu/publications.html has an on-line pdf version of this ERRI's publications. There is also a link to an order form to order the book The Effects of Acidic Deposition on Pennsylvania's Forests.

Clean Water Report Card (Environmental Working Group, 2000) examines 6700 major facilities with National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to determine whether they were operating with expired permits and ranks states according to percentage of expired permits. Eleven percent of major facilities in PA are operating with expired permits. The report makes recommendations to EPA on ways to correct the problem. Available from EWG at 202-667-6982 or on-line at http://www.ewg.org

Occurrance of Organochlorine Compounds in Whole Fish Tissue from Streams of Lower Susquehanna River Basin, Pennsylvania and Maryland, 1992. U. S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigations Report 99-4065, 1999, 17 pp. Report of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program. Available from: John Nantz, 215 Limekiln Road, New Cumberland, PA 17070, 717-730-6916 http://pa.water.usgs.gov/pa_pubs.html

Poisoning Our Water: How the Government Permits Pollution (U.S. Public nterest Research Group) river-by-river ranking of waterways with the most discharges of toxics. Available from PIRG, 218 D St., SE, Washington, DC 20003; 202-546-9707; http://www.pirg.org

Safe Drinking Water Act: Progress and Future Challenges in Implementing the 1996 Amendments. (The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), 1999, GAO/RCED-99-31) Available from GAO, PO Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013, 202-512-6000 or on the GAO website: http://www.gao.gov

The Value of Water. National Water Research Institute, 1999, 12 pp. "The real value of water is not necessarily associated with its price or cost, but what it does to enhance the environment, economy, and the quality of life..." Available from NWRI, 724-387-3278 or email: NWRI-1@worldnet.att.net



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