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EPA Honors Clean Water Partners for the 21st Centurty

Release Date: 04/01/2003
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CONTACT: John Millett, 202-564-7842

(04/01/03) Recognizing the critical role that local governments play in protecting our nation’s waters, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman and Assistant Administrator for Water G. Tracy Mehan III today honored local water pollution control agencies from across the United States with the Clean Water Partners for the 21st Century Award. As part of the celebration of the Year of Clean Water proclaimed by President George W. Bush, EPA recognized extraordinary actions taken by local governments to protect watersheds beyond the requirements of the Clean Water Act – actions such as protecting and restoring rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands and initiating innovative local pollution prevention programs.

“The Year of Clean Water provides us with a tremendous opportunity to recognize the hard work, sacrifice, and leadership of local agencies from across the country,” said Whitman. “These award-winners have set a strong example for future clean water efforts, and we look forward to working with our partners toward our shared goals to reduce water pollution and ensure cleaner, purer water for all Americans.”

“We received about 200 applications from across the U.S., and after careful review, 79 were chosen as Clean Water Partners,” said Mehan. “It is our belief that 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.”

Applications for the Clean Water Partners Awards 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, Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies and the National League of Cities. For more information, log on to EPA’s Office of Water Web site,

Region I

Norwalk River, Connecticut Watershed Initiative
Town of Portage Lake, Maine
Auburn Water District, Mass.
Town of Narragansett, R.I.

Region II

Atlantic County, N.J. Utilities Authority
Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners, N.J.
Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, N.Y.*
Town of Canandaigua
Town of Bristol
Town of Gorham
Town of Hopewell
Town of Italy
Town of Middlesex
Town of Naples
Town of Potter
Town of South Bristol
Village of Naples
Village of Newark
Village of Palmyra
Village of Rushville

Lake George Watershed Conference, N.Y.
Monroe County, N.Y.
Port Washington Water Pollution Control District, N.Y.
Spruce Run Initiative, N.J.

Region III

Bureau of Environmental Quality, Department of Health, Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia Water Department, Office of Watersheds
Alexandria Sanitation Authority, Va.
Town of Amherst, Va.
County of Fairfax, Va.
City of Cumberland, Md.
Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Va.
Patuxent Reservoirs Watershed Technical Advisory Committee, Md.*
Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning
Howard County Department of Public Works, Stormwater Division
Howard County Health Department
Howard Soil Conservation District
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Montgomery Soil Conservation District
Prince Georges County Department of Environmental Resources
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

Region IV

Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ala.
Alachua County Department of Environmental Protection, Fla.
Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Fla.
Highlands County, Fla.
JEA, Jacksonville, Fla.
City of Largo, Engineering Services Division, Fla.*
Southwest Florida Water Management District

Orange County Utilities, Fla.
Leon County Courthouse, Fla.
City of Satellite Beach, Fla.
Clayton County Water Authority, Ga.
Cobb County Water System, Ga.
Columbus Water Works, Ga.
City of Griffin, Ga.
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Ky.
Charleston Commissioners of Public Works, S.C.
Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority, S.C.

Region V

City of Chicago, Department of Environment, Ill.
Fox River Reclamation District, Ill.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Ill.
Delaware County, Ind.*
Ball State University
City of Muncie
Delaware County Commissioners
Delaware Greenway
Minnetrista Cultural Center
Muncie Bureau of Water Quality
Muncie Sanitary District
Prairie Creek Reservoir
Red Tail Conservancy
Town of Yorktown

Sand Creek Watershed Project, Ind.
Marquette County, Mich.
Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council, Mich.
City of Crookston, Minn.
Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District, Minn.
Metropolitan Council, Minn.

Northern Minnesota Wastewater Technical Committee, Minn.*
Aitkin County
Beltrami County
Carlton County
Cook County
Crow Wing County
Itasca County
Koochiching County
Lake County
St. Louis County
Ten Minnesota Counties

Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, Minn.
Rochester Public Works Department, Minn.
Butler County Department of Environmental Services, Ohio
Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio
Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wis.
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wis.
Town of Mt. Pleasant, Wis.

Region VI

City of Rogers Pollution Control Facility, Ark.
City of Austin Water and Wastewater Utility, Texas
Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas
Upper Trinity Regional Water District, Texas

Region VII

City of Ames, Iowa
Lenexa Public Works Department, Kan.
City of Topeka Water Pollution Control Division, Kan.
City of Wichita Water and Sewer Department, Kan.
Mid-America Regional Council, Mo.
Nemaha Natural Resource District, Neb.

Region VIII

Salt Lake City Corporation, Utah

Region IX

City of Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Metropolitan Domestic Water Improvement District, Ariz.
City of San Buenaventura, Calif.
Contra Costa Water District, Calif.
East Bay Municipal Utilities District, Calif.

Five Counties Salmonid Conservation Program, Calif.
Del Norte County
Humboldt County Public Works
Mendocino Water Agency
Siskiyou County Public Works

Marin Municipal Water District, Calif.
Orange County Water and Sanitation Districts, Calif.
Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, Calif.
Santa Clara Valley Water District, Calif.

Region X

Kootenai-Ponderay Sewer District, Idaho
Clean Water Services, Ore.
City of Eugene, Ore.
City of Arlington, Wash.

* In several cases, organizations submitted group applications. The list above includes both the lead organization as well as the other organizations that were identified in the group application. All organizations listed above will receive individual certificates as Clean Water Partners