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1 1 Have you ever wondered: “ Is our local lake clean and healthy?” “Have the streams in my neighborhood ever been tested for pollution?” “ If my dog drinks from this pond, can that be harmful to him?” “Is there any risk to my kids if they play in the creek?” “How can water pollution damage human health or harm the economy?” “Is anyone doing anything to fix water pollution problems?”

2 2 EPA’s Office of Water designed How’s My Waterway to help the public get their answers and be: easy local fast map or list format in plain English scientifically accurate How’s My Waterway (www.epa.gov/mywaterway)www.epa.gov/mywaterway

3 …or touch the map (kiosk version)… Begin here (web/app version)… …then dig a little deeper…

4 …for waterway-specific details, and more … …all in plain English

5 Risk & Novelty Collaboration & Engagement Efficiency & Effectiveness Transferability & Scalability Risk: Public not knowing polluted waters Sci/tech translated to public/non- tech, nationally First EPA plain-English water pollutant descriptions Among first EPA platform- independent websites, kiosks All existing EPA data, architecture, services Cost-free public outreach for 50 states Non-tech press coverage (3 million+ Google hits) showed ‘they get it’ All states data Engagement: what’s being done, how you can help Kiosk partners NOAA, Smithsonian, museums Multi-skilled team product (coding, science, outreach, web design) Model for science agencies to achieve vital public outreach more clearly Design elements being adopted in tech database revisions Plain English writeups used by educators


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