A Day in the Life of An Operator

August 20, 2012 | Certification, EPA, Operator, Training, Webinar

A great posting on the Operation Matters blog of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection is titled A Day in the Life of An Operator.It is a first-person account, written in casual, everyday language, about the duties that an operator…

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Washington Post: Beverage companies, fearing lack of water will hurt business, invest millions in conservation

August 17, 2012 | General RCAP News

This Aug. 8 article begins:"WEST COLUMBIA, Texas — Fifty miles outside the nation’s fourth-largest city is a massive field of waist-high grass, buzzing bees and palm-size butterflies, just waiting to be ripped up by an entrepreneur."Rather than develop this pristine…

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EPA to hold webinar on sustainability planning for utilities

August 17, 2012 | General RCAP News

Effective planning is essential for utilities to sustainably manage their operations and ensure that water infrastructure investments are cost effective over their life cycle, resource-efficient, and support other relevant community sustainability goals.On September 13, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.…

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US, Mexico sign agreement addressing high-priority border environmental issues

August 17, 2012 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson joined Mexico’s Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira Quesada to sign on Aug. 8 the Border 2020 U.S.-Mexico Environmental program agreement. The signing was witnessed by…

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Two new videos on Water and Wastewater Agency Response Networks (WARNs)

August 17, 2012 | Economy, Jobs, Water

EPA has produced two videos on WARN to improve awareness of the WARN initiative, attract new members to existing WARNs, and promote the benefits of WARN and conducting tabletop exercises.The first video, titled “Background on the WARN Initiative”, is targeted…

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New resource for labs on testing during a radiation emergency

August 17, 2012 | Emergency, EPA, Preparedness, Training, Webinar

Very few, if any, U.S. laboratories possess the capacity to analyze the large number of samples that would arise during a radiation emergency on U.S. soil. Given such limited capacity, decision makers and laboratory directors face difficult decisions about the…

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New urban waters outreach toolkit to encourage homeowners to install rain barrels

August 17, 2012 | Operator

EPA, through the Anacostia Watershed Outreach and Education Project, has released a comprehensive toolkit that EPA regional offices, watershed organizations and others who promote green business can use to encourage homeowners to install rain barrels to prevent contamination in their…

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New information about harmful algal blooms online

August 17, 2012 | Conservation, Investment, Water

EPA has published a new web page on harmful algal blooms to help inform states, tribal and local governments, other federal agencies, and the public about key issues regarding cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, blooms in recreational waters and drinking water.Harmful…

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EPA issues U.S.-Mexico border water infrastructure program report

August 17, 2012 | EPA, Sustainability, Utilities, Webinar

EPA has issued the U.S.-Mexico border water infrastructure program's annual report for 2011. The report highlights the significant impacts that the program is having in border communities by providing first-time access to drinking and wastewater infrastructure, improving public health and…

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Rep. Blumenauer introduces the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act

August 2, 2012 | General RCAP News

Would provide desperately needed investment in America’s clean water infrastructureWASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2012 (HR 6249) on Aug. 1, a bill that will provide a deficit-neutral, consistent, and protected…

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