This page lists a variety of agencies that offer educational materials on nonpoint source pollution. Click on the link to go to the agency’s website.
Links to federal and state educational resources:
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Nonpoint Source Pollution
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. The Agency’s website features a variety of fact sheets, stories about successful solutions to a variety of water quality problems caused by nonpoint source pollution, and the Getting In Step: A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns toolkit.
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Watershed Management
This agency’s mission is to protect Pennsylvania’s air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment. The Department’s website offers resources on reducing Nitrogen pollution at home and general watershed fact sheets.
Links to educational resources from other agencies:
- Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)
EPCAMR represents a coalition of watershed organizations from reclamation partners, co-generation plants, the active anthracite mining industry, regional non-profit organizations, and 16 county conservation districts and other cooperative organizations in the anthracite and bituminous coal region of Eastern Pennsylvania. The website lists upcoming workshops, press releases, and links to restoration project manuals.
- Keystone Stream Team
The Keystone Stream Team was founded in 1999 for the purpose of advancing natural stream channel design technology in Pennsylvania. The website includes posters, brochures, and presentations on natural stream channel design.
- The Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Program
- This program is for local land use officials addressing the relationship of land use to natural resource protection. Topics include how to reduce runoff, publications on rain gardens, and municipal initiative success stories.
- PA Center for Environmental Education
PAEE offers thousands of resources on environmental education topics. Resources include Educational Resources, Research/Background Info, Products, and Service Providers. Simply type “Nonpoint Source” into the Search box.
- Pennsylvania’s Conservation Districts
Pennsylvania’s conservation districts have a variety of resources on local NPS issues available on their websites.
- Pennsylvania Lake Management Society
The Pennsylvania Lake Management Society is a nonprofit, citizens’ group formed to promote understanding and comprehensive management of lakes and reservoirs and their watersheds. The website includes fact sheets, newsletters, documents, and reports on lake and watershed management.
- Pike County Conservation District
The mission of the Pike County Conservation District is to promote protection, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources through education, public awareness and cooperation with local, state and federal agencies. The Pike County Natural Resource Learning Site includes a variety of soil and water resources such as A Citizen’s Guide to Clean Water.
- US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 3 Nonpoint Source Pollution Program
The Mid-Atlantic regional office of the US Environmental Protection Agency, is responsible for programs in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The Water Protection Division is responsible for the management and implementation of the Region’s programs to protect, preserve, and enhance water resources. The website includes nonpoint source pollution fact sheets, information on World Monitoring Day, and a nonpoint source pollution kids page.
- US Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds
A variety of fact sheets and reports are available on this site. Among them is the document, “Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure Action Strategy 2008,” that outlines ways to bring green infrastructure technologies and approaches into mainstream use for runoff and sewer overflow management.
- US Environmental Protection Agency’s Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution National Monitoring Program
The purpose of the program is to provide credible documentation of the feasibility of controlling nonpoint sources, and to improve the technical understanding of nonpoint source pollution, and the effectiveness of nonpoint source control technology and approaches. This is achieved through intensive monitoring and evaluation of a subset of watershed projects funded under Section 319. The National Nonpoint Source Watershed Project Studies summary reports are listed on the website by year and by state.
- US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Watershed Academy
The Watershed Academy is a focal point in EPA’s Office of Water for providing training and information on implementing watershed approaches. The website includes training modules, webcast seminars, and watershed publications.
- Water Resources Education Network (WREN)
WREN is a project of the League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund. There are many sample materials available on the website which were produced from previously funded grant projects.
- Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR)
WPCAMR is a nonprofit partnership dedicated to improving water quality and endorsing the reclamation of abandoned mine lands in Western Pennsylvania. The website outlines the problem and solutions to abandoned mine drainage.