RCAP’s post-State of the Union address follow-up

January 27, 2012 | General RCAP News

Last week, a few days before President Obama was set to deliver his annual State of the Union address, RCAP spearheaded an initiative and wrote a letter to Obama that 27 rural groups signed on to. The letter asked Obama…

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ProPublica: Years after evidence of fracking contamination, EPA to supply drinking water to homes in Pa. town

January 25, 2012 | EPA

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Jan. 20, 2012, 2:58 p.m.First, the earth around the rural town of Dimock, Pa., was cracked open as gas drillers used fracking to tap the vast energy supplies of the Marcellus Shale.Then, in April 2009, residents…

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Letter from RCAP to President Obama on the State of the Union address

January 20, 2012 | General RCAP News

RCAP, along with many other organizations that work in rural areas or have rural interests, has sent the letter below to President Obama in advance of his upcoming State of the Union address. The letter was also shared with USDA…

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USDA Rural Development: Helping to put Americans to work

January 18, 2012 | EPA, Handbook, Planning, Sustainability

Annual report reflects administration's drive to create opportunity in rural regionsWASHINGTON (USDA)- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided highlights of USDA Rural Development fiscal year (FY) 2011 investments in job-creating businesses, infrastructure and housing for Americans living in rural communities across…

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New data added to EPA’s nitrogen and phosphorus pollution data access tool

January 18, 2012 | EPA, Pollution, Water

EPA has added updated U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) SPAtially Referenced Regressions On Watershed attributes (SPARROW) data to the nitrogen and phosphorus pollution data access tool, a tool intended to help states develop effective nitrogen and phosphorus source reduction strategies. SPARROW…

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Webinar: Collaboration In Action! Collaborating to achieve Drinking Water program goals – January 31

January 17, 2012 | EPA, Water

Find out how other states did it and why it was worth itA webinar sponsored by the State/EPA Program Collaboration WorkgroupJanuary 31, 20121:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EasternWho should attend?Drinking water program administrators, managersand& staff interested in learning how some…

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Webinar: Family Farms, Rural Landscapes, and the Farm Bill – January 18

January 17, 2012 | General RCAP News

January 18, 20121:30 – 3:00PM EasternRegister to attendOverviewThis webinar, hosted by The Horinko Group’s Water Division, will explore some of the issues and opportunities tied to moving our nation forward on a path of sustainable agriculture practices, while strengthening small…

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EPA releases 2010 Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis

January 10, 2012 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its annual national analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), providing all Americans with vital information about their communities. The TRI program publishes information on toxic chemical disposals and other…

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EPA launches recovery potential screening website to assist restoration planners

January 10, 2012 | General RCAP News

EPA announces the release of a new technical-assistance tool for state and watershed-level surface water quality protection and restoration programs: the recovery potential screening website (www.epa.gov/recoverypotential/).  Recovery potential screening is a flexible approach for comparing relative differences in restorability among…

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EPA to seek stakeholder input on integrated municipal stormwater and wastewater management plans

January 10, 2012 | General RCAP News

EPA is holding a series of five workshops to solicit stakeholder input on the use of integrated municipal stormwater and wastewater plans to meet the water-quality objectives of the Clean Water Act.  The workshops are intended to assist EPA in…

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