Coming Together for Clean Water strategy released

March 29, 2011 | Fracking, Natural Gas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Coming Together for Clean Water: EPA’s Strategy to Protect America’s Waters. This strategy charts a path for meeting the nation’s clean water strategic plan goals over the next several years. Protecting the…

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The Rural Blog: Restrictions on gas drilling advance in Md., Tex.

March 29, 2011 | General RCAP News

Original posting for this blog entry, posted March 28, 2011Two states are moving toward more restraints on natural-gas drilling in the wake of concerns over possible water pollution from hydraulic fracturing operations. The Maryland House of Delegates "on Wednesday passed…

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Interactive 2010 U.S. census map available

March 29, 2011 | EPA, Planning, Preparedness, Water

The New York Times has made an interactive 2010 U.S. census map available. You can view population data for individual counties or view the data by state.

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EPA updates web tool providing clean water violation trends and state enforcement response

March 29, 2011 | Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing, Waste, Water

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on March 24 updated data and a mapping tool designed to help the public compare water quality trends over the last two years. The web-based, interactive map includes “state dashboards” that…

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EPA’s Watershed Academy webinar: Nitrate in Ground Water

March 23, 2011 | Population, Rural

Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a webcast titled "Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Series: Nitrate in Ground Water" on Tuesday March 29, 2011, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm (EDT). This webcast will highlight an emerging issue of increased…

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A message from RCAP for World Water Day (March 22)

March 21, 2011 | Management

March 22 every year is World Water Day. It is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. A website started in 2001 serves as a community space and…

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CNNMoney: Fracking blowback spooks energy industry

March 21, 2011 | EPA

Original posting of this articleHOUSTON (CNNMoney) -- The oil and gas industry is reeling from attacks on what it considers one of its most important technologies -- fracking.Protests across New York State have temporarily banned the practice. Unfavorable coverage in…

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Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium to spearhead earthquake drill in April

March 14, 2011 | Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing

Last week's enormous earthquake in Japan and the ripple effects it had - a tsunami, destruction at a nuclear power plant, deaths, injuries, and humanitarian needs - heighten our awareness of our vulnerability from earthquakes in the United States again.…

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EPA encourages Americans to save water during Fix a Leak Week

March 14, 2011 | General RCAP News

Across the country, household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water per year – enough to supply the water needs of Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles combined. Easily corrected household leaks can increase homeowners’ water bills by 12…

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RCAP in the news: Southeast RCAP organizes volunteer trip for Boston College students

March 11, 2011 | General RCAP News

From the Roanoke Times (original posting of this article, which includes pictures)Trading beaches for brushes: Boston College students volunteer in Roanoke to assist churches and people with disabilitiesThe students' trip was organized through Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, a nonprofit…

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