EPA releases green infrastructure permitting and enforcement fact sheets

June 26, 2012 | Conservation, EPA, USDA

EPA has released a series of six fact sheets on incorporating green infrastructure measures into National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System wet weather programs. The series builds upon existing EPA authority, guidance and agreements to describe how EPA and state permitting…

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Video: The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water” “””

June 21, 2012 | Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing

Description by the video's producers:"The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water" is a short [actually, about 20 min.], animated film [for adults - not children] made by a collaboration of creative and dedicated volunteers at the Surfrider Foundation.…

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Attention, USDA borrowers using Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

June 21, 2012 | General RCAP News

CCR is Going Away -- What to Expect (UPDATE)The announcement below was taken directly from the CCR News and Announcements section on the CCR website. You can visit that site for updates as they are given.At the end of July…

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Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development tweets about water infrastructure

June 19, 2012 | Enforcement, EPA, Infrastructure

On June 19, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien hosted June's virtual office hours for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Twitter. O’Brien discussed the Obama administration’s efforts to create a rural America that’s built to last, through…

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USDA secretary announces measures to improve quality of life and foster economic opportunity for Tribal communities

June 19, 2012 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 (USDA) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced June 13 the implementation of measures that will make it easier for individuals living in Substantially Underserved Trust Areas (SUTA) to obtain USDA funding to improve basic services, including…

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New EPA document on lessons learned from tabletop exercises in emergency preparedness

June 19, 2012 | Loans, Rural Development, USDA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently posted a “lessons learned” document that captures key highlights from a number of water sector-focused tabletop exercises held over the last couple of years. This document touches on topics such as:Damage assessmentsResource requestsBack-up…

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Summer water tip from EPA

June 19, 2012 | General RCAP News

Water wisely: A large percentage of water we use at home is used outdoors. As much as 30 percent of that outdoor water use can be wasted due to evaporation by watering in the middle of the day. Water in…

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AWWA has new webpage for small systems

June 13, 2012 | General RCAP News

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has launched four new pages on its website that aggregate resources on high-interest topics. The four new pages cover:Backflow and Cross-Connection Control (CCC)Small SystemsEmergency PreparednessAsset ManagementThey complement the online Communities launched in 2011 that…

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EPA announces framework to help local governments manage stormwater runoff and wastewater

June 13, 2012 | Infrastructure, Rural, Rural Development, Water

WASHINGTON - On June 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists EPA regional offices, states, and…

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Climate-resilience evaluation and awareness tool exercise report available

June 12, 2012 | Rural Development, Tribal, USDA

EPA has posted online a report on the “Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Exercise with North Hudson Sewerage Authority and New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program.” The report documents the methodology used and the outcomes of the exercise so…

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