Water quality is a barometer of the quality of life in a watershed and that water was as red as a fire engine...something needs to be done about this situation.

Observation by U.S. Representative Zach Wamp (R-TN)
on a site visit to an AMD impacted stream

Federal government agencies developed the Clean Water Action Plan (CWAP) to invigorate and readjust existing federal programs to address current and future water quality problems thus fulfilling the original goals of the Clean Water Act. The Action Plan seeks to improve the nations waters through collaborative public/private partnerships on a watershed basis.

The Clean Water Action Plan calls for watershed strategies that are locally driven and not top down approaches. One of the 112 action items listed in the Clean Water Action Plan is to convene 13 roundtable forums around the nation to advance watershed protection through recommended measures identified at the forums. The 13 roundtables convened are Alaska, Eastern Coal Region, California, Great Lakes, Heartland, Intermountain, Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Southeast, South Central, and Upper Mississippi. Each of the CWAP Regional Roundtables were also represented at the National Watershed Forum, convened in Washington, D.C. from June 27 to July 1, 2001.

The first Eastern Coal Region Roundtable (ECRR) was held on June 6 and 7, 2000 in Shepherdstown, WV and on June 8, 2000 in Washington, D.C. (EXECUTIVE SUMMARY REPORT)  This web page is used to update our diverse members and other interested parties about our efforts to abate abandoned mine drainage (AMD) in our region.  

"Hope and Hard Work"  (ECRR Watershed Group Success Stories)

Related links:

www.osmre.gov/acsihome.htm

www.epa.gov/rgytgrnj/programs/wwpd/cwap.htm

www.epa.gov/region04/cwap/cwapstrt.htm

www.cleanwater.gov/action/overview.html

www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/cleanwater/index.htm

www.epa.gov/reg5oh2o/r5cwap.htm

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