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EPA Honors Arkansas Facility as Clean Water Partner
Release Date: 4/1/2003
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.
The city of Rogers Pollution Control Facility received an award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington today, recognizing the critical role that local governments play in protecting our nation's waters.
As part of the celebration of the Year of Clean Water proclaimed by President George W. Bush, EPA's Office of Water recognized extraordinary actions taken by local governments to protect watersheds over and above the requirements of the Clean Water Act. This includes such actions as restoring lakes, protecting wetlands, and reducing sewer overflows.
"Clean water begins at the local level. We applaud the efforts of all Clean Water Partners to improve the environment in the communities they serve," EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene said.
Rogers was one of 79 awardees chosen from about 200 applications from across the U.S. Applications were announced in the Federal Register in April 2002. Each applicant completed a compliance screen and demonstrated a good compliance record. Applications were reviewed by a panel including EPA, the Water Environment Federation, the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) and the National League of Cities.
The city of Rogers Pollution Control Facility supports many voluntary activities that demonstrate the city's commitment to local water quality. Rogers' development of greenways and comprehensive urban watershed management programs, and implementation of water quality sampling stations are just a few examples of the city's watershed-based initiatives.
More information about the Clean Water Partners for the 21st Century program is available on the Internet at http://www.cleanwaterpartners.org/.