How the state and federal governments run up against dying small towns

July 25, 2012 | General RCAP News

Soundwaves, the online home of CNN Radio, profiles a small Iowa town and its struggle to meet the requirements from the state and federal government for clean water. Yet the town's population is aging and decreasing, so how will the…

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USDA announces new effort to improve water quality and public health in low-income communities in the Southwest

July 25, 2012 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON (USDA) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 24 that low-income rural areas will benefit from changes in the way USDA funds water and wastewater projects. Rural Development Acting Deputy Under Secretary Judith Canales made the announcement on Vilsack's…

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USDA announces federal resource guide to assist rural communities

July 24, 2012 | General RCAP News

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (USDA) – USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager announced July 20 the publication of a guide outlining programs the federal government has available to support rural communities as they promote economic development and enhance the quality…

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USDA designates an additional 39 counties in 8 states as primary natural disaster areas due to worsening drought

July 23, 2012 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON (USDA)—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated on July 18 39 additional counties in eight states as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat. During the 2012 crop year, the U.S. Department of…

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EPA Virtual Academy webinar: Water-Quality Standards 101

July 23, 2012 | General RCAP News

Join EPA for the first Water-Quality Standards Virtual Academy webinar: “Water Quality Standards 101.”  Water-quality standards are the foundation of the water-quality-based pollution control program mandated by the Clean Water Act. Water-quality standards define the goals for a waterbody by…

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EPA issues Clean Water State Revolving Fund Green Project Reserve Highlights report, case studies, and fact sheets

July 23, 2012 | General RCAP News

EPA is releasing a suite of materials highlighting the innovative approaches states have used to successfully implement projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally-innovative activities using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s (CWSRF) Green Project…

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RCAP part of large group that asks the House: Why no rural development funding in the Farm Bill?

July 13, 2012 | General RCAP News

RCAP and RCAC, the Western RCAP, were among the 70 organizations that sent a letter asking the House Agriculture Committee this week to include funding in the Farm Bill for rural development. Since 1996, the Daily Yonder blog says, "Congress…

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Food & Water Watch’s Water Municipalization Guide

July 13, 2012 | Department Of Agriculture, Rural Development, USDA, Water Quality

How U.S. Communities Can Secure Local Public Control of Privately Owned Water and Sewer SystemsMany communities across the country want local, public control of their water and sewer services. Municipalization — the purchase of a privately owned system by a…

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ProPublica says new study finds fluids from Marcellus Shale likely seeping into Pa. drinking water

July 12, 2012 | Advocacy, Congress

by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica, July 9, 2012, 3 p.m.New research has concluded that salty, mineral-rich fluids deep beneath Pennsylvania's natural gas fields are likely seeping upward thousands of feet into drinking water supplies.Though the fluids were natural and not the…

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Nutrient pollution educational materials online

July 12, 2012 | Development, Environment, EPA, Federal, Guide, Infrastructure, Resources, USDA

 To help raise awareness about nutrient pollution, which is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water, EPA has developed new educational materials, including:Community Outreach Toolkit—designed to assist watershed groups, NGOs, states, and federal partners with messaging…

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