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Unformatted text preview: Assessing Condition Using an Index of Biological Integrity Treda Grayson Office of Water October 19, 2011 The Environmental Protection Agency • Over 18,000 men and women working for the environment in: – Washington, DC, – 10 Regional Offices, and – 16 laboratories from Seattle, WA to Gulf Breeze,FL • EPA works with: – state and local governments, – tribes, – industry, – environmental organizations, and – citizen groups. • We are a highly educated and diverse workforce. History of EPA • 1960s: Pesticide and other chemical overuse widespread, threatening animal and human health • 1962: “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson pushed environmentalism to the forefront • 1970: President Nixon signed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) into law to establish national environmental policy • EPA formed to serve as single agency to develop, oversee and enforce federal environmental policy EPA Mission • To protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment—air, water, and land—upon which life depends. • For 40 years, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. The Office of Water – Protecting our Nation’s Waters • Water is essential essential to human life and our Earth’s ecosystems. • While the Earth is a water planet, water in lakes, streams, and rivers makes up less than 0.01%, and groundwater makes up about 0.06%, of the Earth’s water. • This makes surface and groundwater a precious commodity that needs protection . The Office of Water • Protects the Nation’s waters; including rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters. • Develops national programs, policies and regulations relating to drinking water, water quality, groundwater, water conservation, and water security. • Develops criteria and standards for evaluating water quality....
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