Government Accountability Office affirms federal arrangement of EPA and USDA programs for water infrastructure funding

October 31, 2012 | EPA, Guide, Utilities

A new report finds that no duplication at the federal level exists among the programs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provide drinking water and wastewater infrastructure funding to small, rural…

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New Center for American Progress report: How to upgrade and maintain our nation’s wastewater and drinking-water infrastructure

October 24, 2012 | Economy, EPA, Infrastructure, Jobs, Water

Of all the elements of our public infrastructure, our water systems are the most essential for the daily lives of Americans. The average American family of four uses roughly 400 gallons of water a day for drinking, washing, cooking, cleaning,…

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Opinion: Forty more years of progress on water infrastructure

October 23, 2012 | Water

From the Associated General Contractors of America:Forty years ago, the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution went into effect. The Federal Water Pollution Control Amendments of 1972, known as the Clean Water Act (CWA), became law…

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Businesses see increased water risk but boardrooms slow to act

October 23, 2012 | Department Of Agriculture, Rural Development, USDA, Utilities

LONDON AND NEW YORK (CDP) -- There is a sharp rise in company reports of detrimental impacts from drought and other water-related issues yet little change in the number of companies with board-level oversight of water strategies and no increase…

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New app lets users check health of waterways anywhere in the U.S.

October 23, 2012 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON (EPA)  — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new app and website on Oct. 18 to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart…

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GAO report: Energy-Water Nexus: Coordinated Federal Approach Needed to Better Manage Energy and Water Tradeoffs

October 23, 2012 | General RCAP News

The U.S. Government Accountability Office released on Sept. 13 a new report about the nexus between water and energy and warning that we’re running out of water because energy production is using too much of it, and leaving it unusable.The…

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Politico: U.S. on the verge of water anarchy (opinion)

October 23, 2012 | General RCAP News

An Oct. 16 editorial in Politico speaks about the Supreme Court's imminent decision whether or not to review a 10th Circuit case that essentially invalidates the interstate compact allocating the water of the Red River to the various states through…

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Happy birthday, Clean Water Act!

October 18, 2012 | Drinking Water, Funding, Infrastructure, Wastewater

From the EPA website:Forty years ago, in the midst of a national concern about untreated sewage, industrial and toxic discharges, destruction of wetlands, and contaminated runoff, the principal law to protect the nation’s waters was passed. Originally enacted in 1948…

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An interview with the manager of the Las Vegas Water District on the challenges of providing clean water

October 16, 2012 | Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act

Pat Mulroy, general manager of the Las Vegas Water District, says that Las Vegas hotels are some of the most water-efficient buildings in southern Nevada. Yes she says this about, Las Vegas, the place where visitors gape at how much…

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EPA announces opportunity to apply for 2013 environmental-justice small grants

October 16, 2012 | Compliance, Quality, Regulations, Water

WASHINGTON (EPA) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Oct. 15 that it is seeking applicants for a total of $1.5 million in environmental-justice small grants to be awarded in 2013. EPA’s environmental-justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental…

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