Federal, State, and County Program Links
External sites are not endorsed by NESC and are offered for information purposes only. Please click on the links below to see their designated pages. Links are listed in alphabetical order.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.
- Agricultural Research Service
Conducts research in 104 domestic locations in cooperation with state partners in universities and experiment stations, other federal agencies, and private organizations. Water-related research includes: water quality, watersheds, and irrigation and management.
- Appalachian Regional Commission
Assists with economic, physical, and social development of the 13-state, 410-county Appalachian region. Helps the poorest counties meet critical needs, especially in such areas as safe drinking water and waste disposal.
- Bureau of Reclamation
Manages, develops, and protects water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner that is in the public's interest.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships.
- Cooperative State, Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)
Serves as the educational agency for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides an educational network linking research, science, and technology to people's needs. Go to the CSREES state partners page.
- Development Utilities Programs
The Rural Utilities Service is a Rural Development Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. They help Rural America finance electric, telecommunications, and water and waste water projects, and make loans and grants for rural distance learning and telemedicine projects. They are also a policy and planning rural advocacy agency.
- Economic Development Administration
Helps communities attract private capital investment and job opportunities. Water-related activities include grants to help build or expand public facilities essential to growth.
- Funding Resources Guide
The USDA's National Agricultural Library has information about community and economic development, water quality, and technology transfer, as well as other topics of interest to those in rural areas.
- Indian Health Service
Helps ensure a comprehensive health care delivery systems for American Indians and Alaskan natives. Also constructs safe water supplies and sanitary waste disposal systems for eligible communities.
- Jackson County Adopt-A-Well Program
This Web site has information about wells, contamination, and many other useful facts about wells.
- Lucas County, Ohio, Soil and Water Conservation District
Provides leadership in soil, water, and other natural resource conservation through education, information and technical assistance.
- Maine Drinking Water Program
- Maine Wellwater Safety
Different agencies within the State of Maine provide information on well water safety.
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources - Water Resources Center
The Mission of the Missouri Water Resources Center is to administer the development, conservation and utilization of the state's water resources. The center's primary role is to provide technical advice and assistance on water use, comprehensive water supply and use planning, groundwater and surface water hydrology.
- Missouri Outreach and Assistance Center
Offers grant and loan program information to help communities and publicly funded groups with water pollution and public drinking water projects.
- National Institutes of Health
Improves health of American people through its 27 major programs. Water-related activities include biomedical research through the National Institute of Environmental Sciences about the effects of various substances found in water and wastewater.
- National Rural Development Partnership
The National Rural Development Partnership (NRDP) works to strengthen rural America through collaborative partnerships. The NRDP brings together partners from local, state, tribal, and federal governments, as well as from the for-profit and nonprofit private sector.
- National Technical Information Service
The central source for the sale of scientific, technical, engineering, and business information produced by or for the U.S. government.
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
Works to conserve and sustain natutral resources on private lands.
- Public Health Service
Improves the nation's health through its seven national programs, including the Centers for Disease Control.
- Tennessee Valley Authority
Conducts a unified resource development program for advancing economic growth in the Tennessee Valley region.
- US Census Bureau
Collects, tabulates, and publishes statistical data about the nation's people and the economy. Water-related activities include collecting data about water sources.
- US Department of Health and Human Services
HHS is the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
- US Department of Labor: Occupational Health and Safety Administration
OSHA's mission is to ensure safe and healthful workplaces in America.
- US Department of Labor: Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
Presents information about the nature of the work, working conditions, employment outlook, training requirements, salary averages, and more
United States Environmental Protection Agency Links
- EPA Aging Initiative
Part of an EPA initiative known as the National Agenda for the Environment and the Aging, this site has a section about water, including information about pesticides, contaminants, and microorganisms in drinking water and how they impact public health.
- EPA American Indian Environmental Office
The American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) coordinates the agency-wide effort to strengthen public health and environmental protection in Indian Country with a special emphasis on building Tribal capacity to administer their own environmental programs.
- EPA Environmental Finance Program
Promotes effective and efficient environmental infrastructure and helps state, local, and tribal governments comply with federal and state regulations.
- EPA Grant Writing Tutorial
This interactive software tool from EPA walks the user through the grant-writing process and helps them learn to write more competitive grants.
- EPA National Environmental Publication Information System
The National Environmental Publications Information System offers one stop shopping for over 9,000 full text, on line EPA documents.
- EPA Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water
The OGWDW, together with states, tribes, and their many partners, protects public health by ensuring safe drinking water and protecting ground water.
- EPA Regulations
By the beginning of 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had implemented 87 primary drinking water standards and 15 secondary standards. Keeping up with all these regulations and the rules that go along with them can be mind boggling.
This site, developed by EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, lists all current regulations by the date they were issued and provides links to guidance manuals and fact sheets for all of them. It also has proposed rules, the code of federal regulations, and drinking water standards, including the contaminants and maximum contamination load.
- EPA Teaching Center
The EPA has put together a collection of fact sheets, brochures, and web pages that help explain environmental issues to students. These resources offer basic and clear information about air, ecosystems, conservation, water, waste and recycling, and human health.
United States Geological Survey Links
- USGS Home Page
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), is a world leader in the natural sciences through scientific excellence and responsiveness to society's needs.
- USGS Water Science for Schools
This Web site offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.