Oklahoma, EPA study rivers, lakes and streams

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Oklahoma Office of the Secretary of Energy and Environment (OSEE) are continuing to work on analyzing the condition of wetlands in Oklahoma, as part of a national initiative. The assessment will help build capacity to monitor and analyze wetland conditions while promoting collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries. OSEE will use a $131,575 grant from the EPA to produce a wetlands status report and implement a wetlands monitoring program.

The Clean Water Act recognizes the dangers of upstream pollution. As water flows downstream, it gathers and carries more pollutants with it. Wetlands are instrumental in helping to filter and eliminate this pollution, thereby improving water quality and the health of aquatic ecosystems. Learn more about the effects of climate change and water pollution at: http://www2.epa.gov/cira .

To learn more about National Wetland Condition Assessment, visit: http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/assessment/survey/index.cfm