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Approaches to Clean Water Communication: Social Media

Social media is an increasingly popular and important communication tool for water quality programs. This page relates what platforms have been used, how often, and for what purposes. Information about the social media policies of various jurisdictions can be found here.

The examples are not intended to be comprehensive; rather, their collection is meant to facilitate the sharing of ideas among water quality programs, especially CWA 303(d) programs, and generate new ideas about how to present water quality or program information.


Platforms Used and How Often





Uses of Social Media

With Regard to Alerts and Advisories


  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Montana

Announcing Beach Advisories

  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico

Announcing HABs Alerts

  • Montana

Sharing Flood Alerts

  • Meskwaki Nation


With Regard to Program Updates


  • District of Columbia, Guam

Announcing New Projects or Sharing Project Updates

  • Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Red Lake Nation

Sharing Accomplishments or Successes

  • Connecticut, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Montana

Promoting EPA Approvals (e.g., of the 303(d) List, TMDLs, or Alternatives)

  • Kansas, Kentucky

Describing Monitoring Efforts

  • Kentucky, Nevada

Showing the Day-to-day Work of the Program

  • Red Lake Nation

Describing the Program's Approach to the Vision

  • Louisiana

Sharing Newly Published Documents

  • Maryland


With Regard to Public Input

Requesting Public Comment or Feedback

  • Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee

Encouraging Participation from Typically Underrepresented Stakeholders

  • Virginia

Announcing monitoring request open season

  • Michigan

Individual Citizen Advisor Groups Operate Their Own Social Media

  • Louisiana (see links at bottom of page here)

Highlighting Meetings that Have Been Held

  • Missouri


Announcing Public Meetings and Other Events

  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Red Lake Nation

Sharing Other Resources (e.g., Story Maps, Newsletters)

  • Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Red Lake Nation

Calling for Data

  • West Virginia

Announcing New Web Pages

  • Connecticut

Sharing News Coverage of Program

  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Posting Job Announcements

  • Kentucky