Poster highlights national estuary programs

A poster titled 'National Estuary Program: Bringing Our Estuaries New Life' is available from the National Small Flows Clearinghouse (NSFC).

MORGANTOWN, WV, August 14, 2001 — A poster titled "National Estuary Program: Bringing Our Estuaries New Life" is available from the National Small Flows Clearinghouse (NSFC).

Developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, this foldout poster highlights 21 local NEPs [National Estuary Programs]. In 1987, the NEP was established to protect and restore the health of estuaries while supporting economic and recreational activities.

Local NEPs developed partnerships between government agencies that oversee estuarine resources and the people who depend on the estuaries for their livelihood and quality of life. These groups plan and implement programs according to the needs of their areas. Each NEP demonstrates practical and innovative ways to revitalize and protect estuaries.

This poster includes contacts for each local NEP. This two-page foldout could serve as a resource for local and state officials and the general public. The poster is free, but shipping charges still apply.

To order, call the NSFC at (800) 624-8301 or (304) 293-4191, and request Item #GNPSPE52. You also may e-mail nsfc_orders@mail.nesc.wvu.edu.

Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the NSFC helps small communities find affordable sewage treatment options to protect public health and the environment. Located at West Virginia University, the NSFC is a nonprofit organization established in 1979 under an amendment to the 1977 Clean Water Act. Since that time, the NSFC has become a respected national source of information about "small flows" technologies-those systems that have fewer than one million gallons of wastewater flowing through them per day, ranging from individual septic systems to small sewage treatment plants.

Anyone who works with small communities to help solve wastewater treatment problems can benefit from the NSFC's services, which include more than 450 free and low-cost educational products, a toll-free technical assistance hotline, five computer databases, two free publications, and an online discussion group. For more information, visit NSFC's Web site at http://www.nsfc.wvu.edu.

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