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Media alert: U.S. EPA to discuss 1st ever national wetlands condition assessment, new federal clean water act protections

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a press availability on Thursday, June 2nd to highlight field sampling being conducted near Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Elk Grove, California as part of the National Wetlands Conditions Assessment.

Approximately 95 percent of historic wetlands and riparian habitats in California have been destroyed or modified. The NWCA is an assessment of wetland condition being performed in every state for the first time ever. More than 1,000 sites across the country are being tested for a variety of indicators of wetland health, including vegetation, soils, water quality, algae, and hydrology.

WHO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, State Water Resources Control Board
WHAT: Field Sampling and Press Availability
WHEN: Thursday, June 2nd at 11:30 am
WHERE: Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge – Entrance at intersection of I-5 and Elk Grove Blvd. Follow media availability signs.

Members of the media: If you would like to receive more information and attend the press availability please RSVP to simms.mary@epa.gov. Please include your name, contact information and media affiliation.

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