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What’s App? Two New Water Apps!

2012 October 25

By Christina Catanese

Two new water apps have recently app-eared on the scene that will help make the health of local waterways more app-arent to citizens everywhere.  It seems app-ropriate that both have been launched around the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act – yes, we’re still celebrating clean water!

Check out the How's My Waterway App from your smartphone, tablet, or PC!App-ease your app-etite for data by checking out EPA’s new How’s My Waterway App.  This app is a new tool that helps users find information on the condition of their local waters quickly using a smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer.  This tool app-roximates your current location with GPS technology (or you can search for the zip code or city of your choice) and shows the assessment status and reported condition of the nearest streams.  The app is designed to make water quality data available, and its meaning app-arent, to everyone, with plain-English terms and explanations.  How’s My Waterway is app-licable anywhere, from the App-alachian Mountains to App-leton, CA.  More background on the tool is available here.

What waterway is the app-le of your eye?  What did you find when you looked up your waterway on this app?  Was the water quality worth app-lause, or was it more app-alling?

The other new water app, RiverView, gives you a more active role in app-raising the health of your waterway. Developed in partnership with EPA by San Diego-based nonprofit Below the Surface, this app allows anyone to post and view photos of rivers and comment on them using social media, all shown on a map of rivers around the country.  This fall, representatives from EPA hit the water (along with federal agencies, paddling and surfing groups, businesses and non-governmental organizations) to launch the app by paddling the entire length of the Anacostia River through Maryland and Washington D.C.  With this app, everyone can app-ly themselves to documenting visual measurements of the recreational use of their waters.  How app-ealing!

I app-solutely hope you’ll make an app-ointment to show your app-reciation for your local waters and check these apps out!   Don’t be app-rehensive!

And, do you app-rove of my use app puns in this blog entry?  It just seemed app-ropos.

About the Author: Christina Catanese has worked at EPA since 2010, in the Water Protection Division’s Office of Program Support. Originally from Pittsburgh, Christina has lived in Philadelphia since attending the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Hydrogeology. When not in the office, Christina enjoys performing, choreographing and teaching modern dance.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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  1. Sonya permalink
    October 26, 2012

    Nice article! I especially like the app puns – very app-ropriate!

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  2. Jeffery Robichaud permalink
    October 26, 2012

    From one Quaker to another Drink a Highball! If there are any Quaker’s that are visiting the Kansas City area, or you want to add another cool water app, check out KCWaterBug, an app developed by EPA Region 7 folks which provides real time estimates of bacteria concentrations at metro streams. Its in both the itunes store and at Google Play!

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  3. Sean Sheldrake permalink
    October 28, 2012

    My waterway is not only a great tool for recreational users, but first responders can benefit from this data immensely too. Fire and police divers need data on their local dive sites in addition to commercial divers and others. This is a great tool for improving worker safety as it makes existing information more accessible to a wider variety of groups, including a broad spectrum of divers — from FBI divers at Quantico to volunteer fire fighters in Texas. For more information on EPA’s contaminated water diving, see:

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  4. Robert permalink
    November 14, 2012

    I’ll give it a try for sure, thx

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  5. RST permalink*
    February 5, 2013

    Hey – this looks great! Gonna try it on my WW. One question – Why isn’t it on your app page?!?

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