New resources and upcoming events for tribal water systems

November 30, 2012 | Population, Poverty, Rural

The Tribal Utility Governance (TUG) program is run by RCAP and its partners - the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the Western RCAP; Community Resource Group (CRG), the Southern RCAP; the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA); and SmallWaterSupply.org.The…

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New York Times article on rain harvesting

November 29, 2012 | General RCAP News

In the New York Times' Green Column, there is a Nov. 14 article about rain harvesting. It reads, in part:"Collecting rainwater is an ancient idea, done in places like India and Rome before people could rely wholly on centralized piping…

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Water efficiency deal wins approval in California

November 21, 2012 | Congress, Infrastructure, Jobs, Rural Development, USDA

New water rate structure meets state water goals by incentivizing efficiencySACRAMENTO (NRDC) –Thousands of California households could save on their monthly bills thanks to a new rate structure that California American Water Company will introduce in Sonoma, Ventura, Los Angeles…

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Thanksgiving message from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

November 21, 2012 | Water

Why I’m Thankful for Rural AmericaThis week, Americans across our nation will gather around Thanksgiving tables with family and friends.   Every year at this time, I am reminded how blessed we are to have a strong, vibrant rural America which…

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Webcast on planning for sustainability

November 20, 2012 | General RCAP News

On December 13, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EST, EPA will host a webinar on how water and wastewater utilities can build sustainability considerations into alternatives analysis as they evaluate and select investments in infrastructure. The webinar is the…

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EPA launches SepticSmart ” to prevent costly septic system problems protect environment “””

November 20, 2012 | General RCAP News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched “SepticSmart,” a new program encouraging homeowners to take steps to maintain their home septic systems, preventing costly repairs, inconvenience and pollution to local waterways, which poses risks to public health and the…

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Webinar for utilities on recruiting and training veterans for careers in the water sector

November 20, 2012 | General RCAP News

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST (rescheduled)Are you having trouble finding qualified candidates for open positions or positions that will become open in the next few years?If so, please consider veterans as a potential labor pool…

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Free online program educates homeowners with water wells

November 20, 2012 | General RCAP News

Homeowners in small communities and rural areas without a public water supply often don’t fully understand how to manage, operate, and protect their private well.The Illinois State Water Survey and the Illinois Water Resources Center at the University of Illinois…

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Updated data now available through EPA’s Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Data Access Tool

November 15, 2012 | Conservation, Efficiency, Rates, Water

EPA has added updated data in the Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Data Access Tool (NPDAT), a tool intended to help states develop effective nitrogen and phosphorus source-reduction strategies. Specifically, the updates include the Facilities Likely to Discharge Nitrogen/Phosphorus (N/P) to…

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Toolkit for Protecting Drinking Water Sources through Agricultural Conservation Practices is now available online

November 15, 2012 | Department Of Agriculture, Rural, USDA

The collaboration toolkit Protecting Drinking Water Sources through Agricultural Conservation Practices is now available online. The toolkit offers effective steps that source water protection professionals working at the state level can take to build partnerships with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation…

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