Five cities named finalists in U.S. Conference of Mayors Tap Water Taste Competition

May 24, 2011 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five cities were selected today as finalists in The U.S. Conference of Mayors 2011 Best Tasting City Water in America contest following the preliminary round of competition held at the USCM headquarters in Washington,…

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Des Moines Register: Ag boom misses small towns

May 20, 2011 | General RCAP News

Aside from some scattered bright spots, the biggest boom in farmland prices in 30 years has done little to reverse the gradual decline of small towns across Iowa. The same is true in agricultural communities across the country, according to…

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EPA releases report highlighting role of state revolving funds in implementing ARRA

May 20, 2011 | General RCAP News

EPA has released a report highlighting the important role of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) in implementing the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Together, the SRFs executed more than 3,200 assistance agreements…

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EPA releases searchable website for drinking water violations

May 20, 2011 | General RCAP News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced improvements to the availability and usability of drinking water data in the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool. ECHO now allows the public to search to see whether drinking water in…

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EPA releases final policy for consultation and coordination with Indian tribes

May 12, 2011 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on May 4 its final policy on consultation and coordination with Indian tribes. EPA is among the first of the federal agencies to finalize its consultation policy in response to President…

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Grants available for farmers or rural small businesses

May 10, 2011 | Economy, Population

The Rural Energy for America Program is providing grant funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems and energy-efficiency improvements. The Rural Energy for America Program is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small…

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The Rural Blog: Farmers fear EPA effort to clarify water law’s application could lead to broader regulation

May 9, 2011 | EPA

Posted to The Rural Blog on May 4 (original posting)Some farm groups and lawmakers fear that the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed guidance to clarify enforcement of the Clean Water Act is too vague and could subject farmers to new regulations.…

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Newsweek: The Democrats’ Last, Best Hope

May 9, 2011 | Compliance, Drinking Water, Enforcement, EPA, Regulations, Safe Drinking Water Act

Newsweek magazine's online edition posted a feature article May 1 about a Democratic senator from Montana who exemplifies the Democrats' situation heading into the next election and how their prospects could hinge on rural voters. The article notes: “The math is…

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