Clean Water Act: Online Courses

What’s the most powerful legal tool out there in the hands of watershed and river advocates? The Clean Water Act! River Network showcased a comprehensive online Clean Water Act course for individuals to learn more about how you can use the power of the Act. The course provides lessons on topics that are integral to understanding the Clean Water Act, includes “digging deeper” information for more advanced thinking on the topics, and real-world stories to illustrate how watershed groups have successfully applied the course ideas.

Course lesson topics include:

  1. water quality standards;
  2. pollution discharge permits;
  3. stormwater pollution discharge permits;
  4. identifying impaired waters;
  5. restoring impaired waters;
  6. water quality certification;
  7. wetland dredge & fill and stream alteration permits;
  8. nonpoint source pollution control;
  9. state revolving funds;
  10. enforcing the Act; and
  11. other laws.


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the Habitat Program Blog

Knowing that we are all overloaded with news and alerts, we sort through the mass of policy updates, webinar invites, and tool announcements to feature just the best and most important for you.  In addition, if we announce a new Habitat program webinar or produce a new tool for watershed groups, you’ll read about it here first. Find the blog at

 Getting the real scoop – Habitat Program on

The Habitat Program has two topics on a service called “” This service allows us to provide you with quick links to stories we think are important for watershed and river advocates – from EPA rulemaking announcements to the latest New York Times editorial on clean water infrastructure to a great opinion editorial on CAFOs in the Des Moines Register.  We’ll find it for you and share it via our feed. We have two scoopit topics currently:

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