Fracking film starring Matt Damon set for release in December

September 27, 2012 | General RCAP News

Summary: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.Director: Gus Van Sant (directed Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting")Writers: John Krasinski (screenplay),…

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How much invisible” water do we consume every day?”””

September 26, 2012 | General RCAP News

Here's a fun an interative website that shows that we actually consume large amounts of "invisible" or virtual water in the food we consume.Go to the siteNote: This site was created by Europeans, and so units are provided in metric…

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Infographic: An Elemental Concern-Arsenic in Drinking Water

September 26, 2012 | General RCAP News

Circle of Blue has created a helpful interactive infographic about where arsenic comes from, how human health is affected, and how each state stacks up in terms of public water systems in violation of the federal standard for arsenic.See the…

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Circle of Blue: Paul Ryan: A Great Lakes Lawmaker Not Terribly Interested in Water Quality

September 26, 2012 | General RCAP News

In mid-August, when Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as his running mate, Circle of Blue took at look at his voting record on water issues.The article begins:"The newly announced Republican running mate of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has…

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EPA launches revamped septic website

September 25, 2012 | General RCAP News

Nearly one in four households in the U.S. depends on an individual septic system or small community cluster system to treat its wastewater. EPA has recently revamped its septic website to better serve homeowners, state and local officials, industry professionals,…

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New York Times blog: Via YouTube, a New Conservation Genre

September 24, 2012 | General RCAP News

The New York Times Green blog, a blog "about energy and the environment," reports on Sept. 20:"The drought of 2012, which continues to spread westward, is making its mark on the national consciousness in many ways. Rising food prices. Interrupted…

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NPR: Poll Shows Rural Battlegrounds Backing Romney

September 24, 2012 | Disaster, Emergency, Preparedness

National news outlets, including NPR, reported Sept. 24 on the results of a poll showing the majority of rural areas are supporting Mitt Romney for president.The NPR story, which aired on Sept. 24, begins:"The nation's smallest and most remote places…

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Here’s a good explanation of the issue of arsenic in rice

September 20, 2012 | Fracking

Rice getting a rise out of you these days because of concerns of arsenic?Mother Jones posted an article on its website recently that provides some explanations concerning the recent reports of  arsenic in rice.  The relation of rice to water…

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Rural grants available

September 20, 2012 | Water

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND wants to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among residents in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to: economic development, business…

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Information on uses and benefits of decentralized wastewater treatment available online

September 20, 2012 | Conservation, Development, Environment, Quality, Water

EPA has made available online information on the uses and benefits of decentralized wastewater treatment and examples of where they have played an effective role in a community's wastewater treatment infrastructure. Decentralized wastewater treatment consists of a variety of onsite…

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