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EPA hosts Webinar on August 21: Reviewing Recent Amendments to the CWSRF Program

On August 21 from 2-4 p.m. EDT, EPA will host a webinar to inform state and local associations and environmental groups about the recent amendments to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). On June 10, President Obama signed into law the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. Among its provisions are amendments to Titles I, II, V and VI of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The amendments add new CWSRF project eligibilities, the authority to provide additional subsidization, and a number of new requirements. Space for the webinar is limited.

Mother Jones reports 'Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country'

You might be contributing to the drought in California and not even know it.  In an August 11, 2014 article on, Julia Lurie examines the companies bottling water in the west and their impact on the drought..

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USDA Grants to Create Jobs and Strengthen Small Rural Businesses

Last week the USDA announced grants totalling $300,000 to 10 microenterprises in an effort to support job growth and business development in rural communities.  To learn more, see the press release below.