RCAP among organizations asking Congress to pass Farm Bill in 2012

February 28, 2012 | General RCAP News

As part of the Campaign for a Renewed Rural Development, RCAP was among those organizations that sent the letter below to members of Congress, asking them to pass the Farm Bill in 2012.February 10, 2012The Honorable Debbie StabenowChairwomanCommittee on Agriculture,…

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EPA announces availability of green infrastructure technical assistance to selected partner communities

February 24, 2012 | General RCAP News

EPA is accepting letters of interest from communities interested in receiving direct assistance for projects that facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality.  Technical assistance will be provided through EPA contract support and will be directed to…

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Draft fiscal year 2013 National Water Program guidance released for comments

February 24, 2012 | General RCAP News

The draft FY 2013 national water program guidance has been made available for review and comment.  Issued annually, this draft guidance, posted on Feb. 17, provides the priorities, implementation strategies, and performance targets for the national water program for fiscal…

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EPA’s Greenversations blog: Bring Back the Water Fountain

February 22, 2012 | EPA, Federal

Nancy Stoner, acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water, blogs about water fountains in public places in a recent posting. In the blog, Stoner discusses the benefits in services provided to people in cities in access to clean drinking…

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EPA’s FY 2013 budget proposal focuses on core environmental and human health protections

February 22, 2012 | General RCAP News

EPA budget supports President Obama’s vision of an America that is built to lastWASHINGTON – The Obama Administration proposed Feb. 13 a fiscal year 2013 budget of $8.344 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This budget reflects a…

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RCAP testifies at Senate committee hearing on Capitol Hill

February 17, 2012 | General RCAP News

A former small-town mayor from Colorado testified Feb. 15 at a Senate hearing on behalf of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership.Dr. Florine Raitano, a board member of the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, the Western RCAP, testified at a hearing of…

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EPA blog: From coast to coast, skills for American workers

February 14, 2012 | General RCAP News

Nancy Stoner, acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water, blogged about her visits to Atlanta and San Francisco, where she toured environmental education and green building centers.  In the post, Stoner discusses the opportunities these centers provide for new…

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NPR: Battling The Bottle: Students And Industry Face Off Over Water

February 13, 2012 | General RCAP News

A Feb. 12 story on National Public Radio states:"Bottled water is trickling away from college campuses nationwide, thanks to the efforts of student activists and the non-profit groups that support them..."Read the full story

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USDA blog: Building the connection between federal programs and job creation in rural America

February 13, 2012 | General RCAP News

In a Feb. 9 post to the USDA Blog, Doug O’Brien, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, explained the connection between federal programs and job creation in rural areas. His post begins:"In his State of the Union Address, the President…

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ProPublica: From Gung-Ho to Uh-Oh: Charting the Government’s Moves on Fracking

February 13, 2012 | General RCAP News

A Feb. 7 article begins:"Fracking has only recently become a household word, but government involvement with the drilling technique goes back decades. President Obama has championed the potential of natural gas drilling combined with more regulation. While there has been…

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