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Buttermilk Bay Coliform Control Project: Demonstrating Practical Tools for Watershed Management Through the National Estuary Program
US Environmental Protection Agency
Located at the north end of Buzzard's Bay, is Buttermilk Bay, a recreational, tidal embayment where many residents and visitors sun bathe, boat and fish. This fact sheet features the Buttermilk Bay Demonstration Project that was designed to control the discharge of fecal coliform into the bay. Project objectives included identifying sources of fecal coliform, employing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control runoff, and implementing local regulations to control coliform.  Results of the project are detailed along with several lessons learned during the implantation phases of the project. (General Public, Local Officials, Public Health Officials, Managers, Planners, State Officials, State Regulatory Agencies)
WWFSMG28/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (1995)

Buzzards Bay "SepTrack" Initiative: Demonstrating Practical Tools for Watershed Management Through the National Estuary Program
US Environmental Protection Agency
The Buzzard's Bay Watershed includes 432 square miles and a population of nearly 236,000.  Approximately half the homes utilize onsite systems to treat wastewater. Problematic onsite systems have lead to the contamination of waters resulting in the closure of shellfish beds and other water-contact recreation activities.  Local boards of health typically lack the ability to efficiently and effectively monitor septic system permits, inspection, and maintenance information due to insufficient staffing and information-processing equipment and systems. The SepTrack Demonstration Project provided computers and specialized software to communities to allow them to better manage information related to onsite systems, thereby freeing staff time for better design review and enforcement and to identify patterns of failure. Success stories along with lessons learned from the project are included in this overview of the Buzzards Bay "SepTrack" Initiative. This product could be useful to anyone involved with the management of septic systems.
(General Public, Local Officials, Public Health Officials, State Regulatory Agencies, Managers, State Officials)
WWFSMG29/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (1997)

Community Onsite Options and Approaches to Onsite Management Videos on DVD
National Environmental Services Center
This 17-minute video discusses the need for an implementation of onsite management systems (OMS) in five communities. Wastewater professionals from each of the communities explain why their community instituted an OMS, the approach they took, how it is administered, and its benefits.  Ongoing, competent maintenance, monitoring, and management are emphasized, as well as discussion of advanced treatment systems, such as aerobic treatment units, sand filters, and cluster systems. 
(All Audiences)
DPDVMG56/DVD (2003)

Community Readiness Indicators
National Onsite Demonstration Program
The NODP developed this CD to support communities in their efforts to develop and maintain innovative wastewater management systems. It is intended as a checkpoint for community project team members and the NODP staff to assess the extent to which the community has built capacity, accessed resources, and built consent to achieve project goals. The 35-question Community Readiness Indicator (CRI) tool kit provides project team members the opportunity to evaluate their efforts and engage the NODP staff in a discussion of additional activities for project implementation and long-term management of their onsite wastewater system. The CRI takes an average of 40-50 minutes to complete. This tool could be especially helpful to members of a community's steering committee or an appointed community visioning facilitator.
(Local Officials, General Public, Managers, Planners, Public Health Officials)
DPCDMG06/CD-ROM (2003)

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Community Self Assessment
National Onsite Demonstration Program
The Community Self-Assessment process helps a community collect information that can serve as a basis for the improvement of local wastewater management strategies. The objective of this interactive CD-ROM is to provide information to community leaders, local officials, and other interested parties to help them understand the community's existing situation. This initial community review process generates the profile that acts as the objective point of departure for constructive dialogue on relevant environmental and public health issues. The CD takes the viewer through five sections: Common Environmental Characteristics, Socioeconomic and Land Use Characteristics, Onsite Wastewater Management Characteristics, Public Health Characteristics, and Outreach and Education. Each section contains a set of questions to be answered by the viewer. When the assessment is completed, these answers appear in a single document of the community's profile. This tool is primarily for use by community environmental and public health officials, selected community professionals, and other related community professionals and associated staff possessing the appropriate expertise and knowledge to complete the assessment process.
(Local Officials, Managers, Planners, Public Health Officials, State Officials, Finance Officers)
DPCDMG03/CD-ROM (2002)

Customer Incentives for Water Conservation: A Guide
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
As political, economic and environmental pressures mount against finding new sources of supply, water utilities are increasing turning to conservation to reduce demand. One of the biggest challenges is how to motivate customers to conserve. This handbook, produced by the California Urban Water Agencies and the USEPA, helps water agencies to design effective conservation programs. Included are case studies from Los Angeles and Seattle detailing their ongoing programs.
(All Audiences)
DWBKMG106/Book: 148pp. (1994)

Enabling Mechanisms: Options for community onsite management
National Onsite Demonstration Program
Onsite or alternative wastewater treatment systems are an important aspect of sewage treatment, providing wastewater treatment and disposal for approximately one in every four housing units across America. However, noncompliant, malfunctioning, failing and/or dysfunctional onsite wastewater treatment and disposal systems are one of the largest contributors to water pollution nationwide. This CD addresses enabling legal mechanisms and offers insights into different ways that your community may institutionally approach the oversight and management of onsite wastewater treatment systems to protect the environment and residents' health. This material explains the interrelationship between federal, state, and local laws and regulations which may be useful in assisting the development of ordinances, rules, and other enabling legal mechanisms regarding onsite wastewater management. These materials provide a broad overview of the ways in which the laws and regulations work and specific information about the advantages and disadvantages of particular kinds of ordinances regarding onsite wastewater management. The CD also provides examples of onsite wastewater management systems at work in communities across the country. It is especially helpful for use by members of the community's steering committee or appointed community-visioning facilitator. In clear and simple language, the entire visioning process is mapped out with specific recommendations for ensuring successful community visioning efforts.
(Local Officials, General Public, Managers, Planners, Public Health Officials, Engineers, Researchers)
DPCDMG05/CD-ROM (2003)

Envisioning Your Community's Future
National Onsite Demonstration Program
A community's vision is a mental image, expressed in words, of the future that members of that community crystallize through the visioning process. This interactive CD-ROM provides guiding ideas, core concepts, exercises, and related resources for the community visioning process. In clear and simple language, the entire visioning is mapped out with specific recommendations for ensuring a community's successful visioning efforts.  A step-by-step tool, divided into six sections including a series of tasks and exercises, this product is especially helpful for members of the community's steering committee or an appointed community visioning facilitator. The sections include information on topics like groundwork, getting ready, setting the stage, visioning exercise, worksheets, and next steps. (Local Officials, General Public, Planners, Managers, Public Health Officials)
DPCDMG04/CD-ROM (2003)

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Financing Your Community's Onsite Management System
National Onsite Demonstration Program
The objective of this interactive CD-ROM is to provide information on the various types of funding streams that may be available to your community through various agencies and organizations to finance your community onsite wastewater management efforts. From a main menu, a click on a financing source icon brings up a brief overview of the agency or organization, and it also includes additional options such as who can apply for funding, key features, key points, and contact information. The agencies and organizations listed in the CD include:

(Local Officials, General Public, Planners, Managers, State Officials, Public Health Officials, Finance Officers)
DPCDFN01/CD-ROM (2002)

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Insights into Community Onsite Management Systems: A National Overview
National Onsite Demonstration Program
Small communities increasingly address public health and water quality issues by installing community onsite management systems (OMSs) that minimize the overall impact onsite/decentralized wastewater systems have on their community environment. This 18-page booklet shows characteristics, commonalities, and effective onsite/decentralized wastewater management in communities operating, maintaining, and managing effective OMSs across America. This report is the result of a survey of environmental and public health professionals, along with practitioners from 60 communities across 17 states. The survey defines how a community manages its onsite system, the methodology used in OMSs, discusses survey findings, and concludes with recommendations for communities considering OMSs. The findings section is well documented with statistical tables, graphs, and analyzed data.
(Engineers, Researchers, Local Officials, General Public, Managers, Planners, Public Health Officials, Contractors/Developers, State Regulatory Agencies, State Officials)
DPBLMG10/Booklet: 18 pp. (2002)

Managing Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Adds Value
National Onsite Demonstration Program
Onsite (septic) wastewater systems are often the most practical and economical way to treat and dispose of household wastewater in suburban and rural areas. This brochure emphasizes the value of onsite systems as well as how to properly operate and maintain them. Also, the economic and environmental benefits of proper management are summarized for individual homeowners and small communities. Centralized onsite management for communities is also explored.
(Local Officials, General Public, Contractors/Developers, Public Health Officials)
DPBRMG08/Brochure: 2 pp. (2002)

NDWRCDP Resource DVD: A Compilation of Reports on Decentralized Wastewater Topics
National Decentralized Water Resources Capacity Development Project
The NDWRDP was formed in 1996 to coordinate and implement a national training, research, and development agenda in decentralized water resources. This DVD contains materials produced by the NDWRCDP. These research reports and analysis would be valuable to those in the field as well as the general public.
(Researchers, State Regulatory Agencies, Local and State Officials, Public Health Officials, Engineers, Planners, Managers, Operators, Contractors, Developers, General Public)
DWDVMG54/DVD: (2005)

Promoting the National Source Water Collaborative’s Call to Action: Your Water Your Decision
Source Water Collaborative
The Source Water Collaborative, a group of federal, state and local entities, has united to protect America’s drinking water at the source—specifically the lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers used for drinking purposes. This guide gives local decision-makers a look at their options for protecting sources of their water. These actions vary from development restrictions to budgeting considerations.
(All Audiences)
DWFSMG109/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (N/A)

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Protecting Sources of Drinking Water: Selected Case Studies in Watershed Management
US Environmental Protection Agency
Drinking water utilities across the country are engaged in innovative and successful source water protection programs. This publication presents case studies of 17 water systems that have worked with local watershed management initiatives to restore and protect aquatic ecosystems. Though diverse in their watershed management experiences, the common thread among all the water systems is the importance of cross-program coordination.
(Local Officials, Outreach, Planners, Researchers, Managers)
DWBLMG33/Booklet: 46 pp. (1999)

Wastewater Management in Unsewered Areas
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Small Scale Waste Management Program
This public information video begins by describing the conventional septic tank/soil absorption system (ST/SAS) and main reason for failure-using sites not conducive to onsite treatment by conventional means. The video discusses alternatives to ST/SAS, such as sand mounds, recirculating sand filters, and cluster soil absorption systems. Topics include onsite system management, site evaluations, water conservation, and inspection. The video presents six case studies, explaining how a family of six cut water use by 71 percent; how Oregon passed a statewide site evaluation and permit program that led to acceptance of experimental systems; and how Stinson Beach, California, formed an onsite management program to inspect systems regularly, monitor nearby waterways, review plans, and work with homeowners faced with failing systems.
(General Public, Contractors/Developers, Local Officials, Managers, Planners)
FMVTMG01/Video: 25 min (1982)

Your Water. Your Decision.
Source Water Collaborative
This pamphlet lists some efforts your community can consider in the areas of development patterns, budgeting and rate setting, and stewardship to protect your drinking water source.
(Managers, Local Officials, Planners, Government Officials)
DWFSMG107/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (N/A)

Your Water. Your Decision. Toolkit
Source Water Collaborative
This CD offers two brochures and two post cards for local officials to download, print and distribute to help in their campaign to protect sources of drinking water.
(Managers, Local and State Officials)
DWCDMG108/CD-ROM: 0pp. (N/A)

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