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   National
Source Water
   Protection
   Conference
     June 2-4 2003
                                     Protecting the Sources of the Nation's  Drinking Water:
                                     Opportunities for Action
    Dear Colleague:
    EPA is pleased to announce the 2003 National Source Water Protection Conference. The
    conference, "Protecting the Sources of the Nation's Drinking Water: Opportunities
    for Action" will be held on June 2-4, 2003, at the Hotel Washington, Pennsylvania
    Avenue at 15th Street NW, in Washington DC.
    As states complete over 165,000 source water assessments, the 2003 National Source
    Water Protection Conference will build upon this effort by providing information and
    opportunities for action planning. Participants will be able to learn and network with
    individuals from a variety of federal, state, local, and tribal programs, and non-
    governmental organizations, including environmental, conservation partners, public
    health, business, and citizens' organizations; technical assistance providers, and others
    who are working to promote source water protection.
    Senator Paul Simon, author of Tapped Out: The Coming World Crisis in Water and What
    We Can Do About It will be the conference's key note speaker. The conference will
    provide a wide variety of sessions that will enable participants to:
           Build networks and partnerships to promote protection;
           Incorporate protection goals into other responsibilities;
           Find tools and funding to make protection happen; and
           Identify opportunities and overcome challenges.
    Please mark June 2-4, 2003 on your calendar to attend this informative conference. To
    register for the  conference, learn more, or express an interest in attending, please visit
    the conference  web site at www.epa.gov/safewater/protect/swpconf.html. To reserve a
    room at the Hotel Washington for $150 per night, call 1-800-424-9540 (mention the
    SWP/EPA meeting).
    For more information on the conference, please contact Sylvia Malm of the Office of
    Ground Water and Drinking Water at swpconf@epa.gov
    We look forward to seeing you in June!

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This is an EPA conference and there is no registration fee
2003  National  Source  Water  Protection  Conference
Over 165,000 source water assessments are nearing
completion. The National Source Water Protection (SWP)
Conference will build upon this effort by promoting
protection planning and coordination, fostering partner-
ships, and identifying opportunities that lead to
successful implementation of drinking water protection.

When and where is the conference?
The National SWP Conference will be held on June 2-4, 2003
at the Hotel Washington, Pennsylvania Avenue at 15th Street NW,
Washington DC. Call 1-800-424-9540 to reserve a room at $150
per night (mention the SWP/EPA meeting).

Who will be there?
The conference will bring together various Federal, Tribal, State, and
local officials; watershed managers; conservation partners; members of
environmental, public health, business, and citizens' organizations;
technical assistance providers and others to learn about effective actions
that prevent contamination of drinking water sources.

What can you take home?
The conference will provide a wide variety of action oriented
sessions that will enable participants to:
 Build Networks and Partnerships to Promote Protection
 Incorporate Protection Goals into  Other Responsibilities
 Find Tools and Funding to Make Protection Happen
 Identify Opportunities and Overcome Challenges
   Protecting

drinking water
    sources
protects  public

health  and the

 environment,

 and promotes
   economic
     vitality
                            National
                         Source Water
                            Protection
                            Conference
                              June 2-4 2003

For More Information or to Register
for the National Source Water Conference, visit
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/protect/swpconf.html
There is no registration fee but advance sign-up is required
General Information            EPA's Office of Ground Water
Safe Drinking Water Hotline      and Drinking Water Website:
1-800-426-4791                http://www.epa.gov/safewater
  Office of Ground Water
  and Drinking Water (46o6M)
  EPA816-F-03-004
  January 2003

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2003 National Source Water Protection Conference Preliminary Agenda
            JUNE 2, 2003                        JUNE 3, 2003                         JUNE 4, 2003
 Opening Plenary:
 Making the Case for Action

 Welcome and Information on
 Participants and Conference
 Opportunities

 G. Tracy Mehan, III
 Assistant Administrator
 EPA Off ice of Water
  Challenges and Opportunities of
   Source Water Protection
 Keynote speech
 Paul Simon
 Former U.S. Senator
 Southern Illinois University
LUNCH
 Breakout Sessions
 Theme: Moving Forward from
 Assessments to Protection: First Steps
 Session Choices:
 . Assessments as a Tool to Launch
   Protection
  Communicating Assessment Results
   to the Public: Effective Risk Communication
   Tools - State and Utility panel
  Using Geo-spatial Tools to Target
   Protection

 BREAK (30 MIN)
 Breakout Sessions
 Theme: Essential Tools and
 Approaches to Move to Protection
  CWA/SDWA Integration: Linking
   Watershed Protection and Source
   Water Protection
 . Conservation & Land Acquisition
  Recent  EPA Regulations:
   Implications for Protection
  Ripe Opportunities: Implementing
   Protection by Leveraging Key
   Federal and  State  Programs
Adjourn
                                       Opening Plenary
                                       Susan Seacrest
                                       The Groundwater Foundation
 Breakout Sessions
 Theme: Finding and Working with
 Partners: Integrating Protection at the
 State, Local & Tribal Levels
  Implementing Protection Through
   Partnerships: State/Local/Tribal
 . Upstream Neighbors: Working with
   Local Communities & Potential
   Contamination Sources

 . CWA/SDWA Integration, continued
  Leveraging Rural Partnerships

 BREAK (30 MIN)

 Breakout Sessions
 Action Planning (i hr)
 Theme: Mapping the Journey to
 Protection: Maximizing Tools and
 Partners
LUNCH
 Hands-on Plenary Session:
 Financing the Journey to Protection

 BREAK (30 MIN)
 Resource Fair.
 Overcoming Barriers to Implementing
 Protection:
 Opportunities to connect on leveraging
 existing authorities; USDA and other
 federal & state programs; funding
 options; other key tools and
 opportunities.
Opening Plenary and Charge to Action
Jeffrey Griffiths
Director, Graduate Programs in Public
Health, Tufts University School of
Medicine
Harry Ott
Director, Global Environmental
Assurance, The Coca-Cola Company

BREAK (30 MIN)
 Planning for the Future:
 Plenary highlighting action plans,
 making networking connections, and
 planning for follow-up over the next six
 months
 Conferees straw poll on priority short-
 and long-term federal, state, Tribal, and
 local strategic actions
 Closing Speaker:
 EPA Office of Ground Water and
 Drinking Water official
                                      Adjourn
                                       1:30-4:30
Technical Training/Short Courses
Options:
 Drinking Water Academy
. Watershed Academy
 Environmental  Finance Center
  Network training on funding options for
  watershed protection
 Workshop on social marketing
 Sharing the Power of Partnerships:
  Water Utility/Agriculture Alliances
 Source Water Protection TMDLs
 Other
Adjourn
                 Preliminary Agenda as of February 13, 2003.
                      See the conference website for updates.

                      For More Information or to Register
                       for the National Source Water Conference, visit
                http://www.epa.gov/safewater/protect/swpconf.html
                    There is no registration fee but advance sign-up is required

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