NESC joins national collaborative

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December 3, 2008 by NRCCE News

Invited to Participate in the Source Water Collaborative

Morgantown, W.Va. — West Virginia University’s National Environmental Services Center (NESC) was recently invited to join the Source Water Collaborative, a national effort committed to protecting America’s drinking water at the source—in the lakes, rivers, streams, and aquifers we tap for drinking water. Originally formed in 2006, the collaborative is made up of 21 members including federal, state, and non-profit organizations.

“For millenia, civilization has been intrinsically linked with reliable water sources,” says Gerald Iwan, Ph.D., NESC’s executive director. “Today, we are no less reliant on water but, thanks to technology, we are perhaps less aware of its role in our lives. Protecting this essential resource should be a top priority for any community. And, for a modest investment of time and money, it will pay handsome dividends in lower water treatment costs, economic development opportunities, and overall quality of life.”

“NESC’s SMART About Water program is a great example of how this kind of partnership can work,” Iwan continues. “For the past year, we’ve been working with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide source water protection planning in 245 communities across the country.”

Each national organization in the Source Water Collaborative understands and appreciates the importance of source water protection. Each also recognizes that resources are extremely limited, authorities are split, and the actors who can actually protect source waters are diffuse. By joining forces, the collaborative builds on the different organizations’ resources and strengths to increase the chances for success as opposed to each entity going it alone.

Press Release Contact: Gerald Iwan, (304) 293-4191 ext. 5584 or e-mail: