Obama administration affirms comprehensive commitment to clean water

April 29, 2011 | Congress, Rural

WASHINGTON – Recognizing the importance of clean water and healthy watersheds to our economy, environment and communities, the Obama administration released a national clean water framework April 27 that showcases its comprehensive commitment to protecting the health of America’s waters.…

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New book explores the human relationship with water

April 28, 2011 | EPA

 Water is everywhere, but it’s too often taken for granted. Whether it’s used in the kitchen, the bathroom, or out in a field, water has and will always be essential to life. In his new book, The Big Thirst, author…

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New York Times: Resistance to gas drilling rises on unlikely soil

April 28, 2011 | Clean Water Act, EPA

Originally published on April 23, 2011 (original posting)By KATE GALBRAITHFORT WORTH — Texans pride themselves on being the heart of the nation’s oil and gas business. But even here, public concern about natural gas drilling is growing.On Wednesday, several dozen…

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EPA solicits public comment on permit to reduce stormwater discharges from construction sites

April 20, 2011 | Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for public comment a draft permit that will help improve our nation’s waterways by regulating the discharge of stormwater from construction sites. Stormwater discharges during construction activities can contain sediment and pollutants…

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Midwest Assistance Program recruiting field managers

April 12, 2011 | Water

Midwest Assistance Program (MAP), the Midwest RCAP, is recruiting for three Field Managers. The Field Manager (FM) provides oversight and supervision of the Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) in a designated area. The FM is also required to provide technical assistance…

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EPA seeks comments on draft document on watersheds

April 12, 2011 | Wastewater

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments on a recently released draft technical document titled “Identifying and Protecting Healthy Watersheds: Concepts, Assessments, and Management Approaches.” This draft technical document provides the basis for implementing the agency’s Healthy Watersheds…

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The Rural Blog: Researchers say hydraulically fractured shale releases more greenhouse gases than coal

April 12, 2011 | Energy, Waste, Water

One researcher's conclusion that "natural gas pried from shale formations is dirtier than coal in the short term" and "comparable" in the long term will be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, giving it more credence, Mike Soraghan reports for…

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The Wall Street Journal: Population leaves heartland behind

April 12, 2011 | General RCAP News

Census Shows Growth Fueled by Increasingly Diverse Metro Areas; in Kansas, a Small Town Tears Down Empty HomesOnline posting of this articleOriginally printed in The Wall Street Journal, page A6, on April 11, 2011By CONOR DOUGHERTYAmericans continued to abandon the…

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New water-security resources from EPA

April 12, 2011 | Discharge, EPA, Stormwater

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently released two new water-security products:Webinar - Pandemic Influenza Planning and Preparedness: Lessons Learned for the Water Sector A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. In a severe pandemic, absenteeism will increase from illness,…

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The case for the importance of USDA’s 502 and 523 housing programs

April 12, 2011 | General RCAP News

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC), an organization associated with RCAP, has two new publications to help make the case for the importance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Section 502 direct and 523 programs, which are self-help housing programs that…

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