Is Government Responsible for Sustaining Rural Populations?

December 19, 2013 | General RCAP News

The Sustainable City Network is out with a provocative new article looking at population decline in rural areas in Iowa and wondering whether the federal government and the states should continue to invest in infrastructure, human capital, and other economic…

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USDA Announces Projects to Improve Water Quality

December 4, 2013 | General RCAP News

Earlier today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $203 million in funding to finance investments in improved water and wastewater systems for 74 projects in 40 states."Rural businesses and residents need access to clean water and modern waste disposal systems. This…

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Nominations Sought For Rural Volunteer Award

November 26, 2013 | General RCAP News

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR RURAL VOLUNTEER AWARDWest Sacramento, Calif. — RCAC, the Western RCAP, seeks nominations for the 2014 Yoneo Ono Rural Volunteer Award. RCAC will accept nominations until April 13, 2014.Many rural volunteers spend long, unpaid hours helping individuals and…

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Alaska Native Villages to Receive Upgrades to Water and Wastewater Systems

November 13, 2013 | General RCAP News

Earlier this afternoon, USDA Rural Development announced $27.7 million in grant awards to rural native villages in Alaska to improve water and wastewater systems. The funding comes from the Rural Alaska Village Grant (RAVG) program. The RAVG program was established…

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USDA Releases “Rural America at a Glance: 2013 Edition”

November 8, 2013 | General RCAP News

This week, USDA’s Economic Research Service released its annual report on the economic condition of rural America – the 2013 Rural America at a Glance report. The data in this report underscores the challenges of stagnant job growth and persistent…

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People must pay the full cost of water, says European Environment Agency

October 1, 2013 | General RCAP News

As the UN marks the anniversary of the decision to make the right to water legally binding, the European Environment Agency has called for governments to charge the full price for water, to cut down waste.Despite many regions having high…

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New EPA video on WARNs in action

September 30, 2013 | General RCAP News

EPA has developed a new video to increase water-sector awareness of the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) initiative and attract new members to existing WARNs. Titled “WARNs in Action,” the video illustrates the types of events in which the mutual…

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This week – September 23-27 – is SepticSmart Week

September 23, 2013 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON (EPA) – Proper septic system care and maintenance is vital to protecting public health and preserving valuable water resources. During the first-ever SepticSmart Week, Sept. 23 to 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging homeowners to take…

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EPA administrator testifies before House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power

September 20, 2013 | General RCAP News

On Wednesday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on Energy and Power. As part of her remarks, McCarthy included statements related to the need for planning for resiliency and the centrality of…

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EPA and Water Utility Climate Alliance holding webinar on planning on Oct. 9 at 1 pm

September 20, 2013 | General RCAP News

Many water utilities are thinking critically about how to best manage water resources and utility assets when future conditions are uncertain due to the impacts of climate change. Join EPA and the Water Utility Climate Alliance for a webinar on…

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