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Water Quality Division
Blue Thumb Program - Phase II
Help for Cities
The US Environmental Protection Agency has developed regulations that deal with storm water runoff. Originally, these regulations addressed medium and large cities, but the Phase II regulations concentrate on the smaller communities or those in urbanized areas.
Citizens are reminded that storm water regulations exist to protect the waters of the United States against pollution. While there are those who simply view the additional rules as "unfunded mandates," citizens are reminded of the joy and benefits that are realized when water bodies are "swimmable" and "fishable."
Waters that are safe for human contact and clean enough to be a home for fish and drinking water for wildlife benefit communities.
The Blue Thumb Water Pollution Education Program can help cities that fall under the Phase II regulations. These cities have responsibilities under the Clean Water Act to educate their citizens about clean water.
Blue Thumb offers cities help establishing education and outreach programs. Components of a successful Blue Thumb Program may be:
It is not difficult to educate citizens and help them gain understanding about the value of healthy streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands. City staff members who may feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin are encouraged to contact the Blue Thumb Program to learn more.
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