Updated version of consequence-analysis software tool now available

January 31, 2013 | General RCAP News

An updated version of the Water Health and Economic Analysis Tool (WHEAT), which now estimates consequences for both drinking water and wastewater utilities, is now available. Developed in collaboration with water-sector partners, the release of WHEAT 2.0 will provide utilities…

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Updated Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Available for download

January 31, 2013 | Compliance, EPA, Regulations

An updated version of EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) is now available for download. The tool assists drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities in identifying climate-change threats, assessing potential consequences, and evaluating adaptation options.  Increasing climate readiness…

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Message from Mexico: U.S. Is polluting water it may someday need to drink

January 29, 2013 | EPA

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Jan. 25, 2013Mexico City plans to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Mexican effort challenges a key tenet of U.S. clean water policy: that water…

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EPA releases new report on children’s health and the environment in America

January 29, 2013 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON (EPA) – EPA has released “America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition,” a comprehensive compilation of information from a variety of sources on children’s health and the environment. The report shows trends for contaminants in air, water, food, and…

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NY TImes: Regulations on fracking are revised

January 23, 2013 | Development, EPA, Stormwater

Jan. 18, 2013By JOHN BRODERThe Interior Department will issue revised rules on the use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and gas on public lands, officials said Friday. The rules will replace a proposal released last May that was…

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Mark Fix a Leak Week – March 18 to 24

January 18, 2013 | Conservation, EPA

Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks?Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes…

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Proposals invited from rural communities facing design challenges

January 18, 2013 | EPA, Pollution, Stormwater, Webinar

Partnership of federal agencies and national organizations offers workshop funding, technical assistance, and additional resourcesThe Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is issuing a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013. Successful applicants…

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ASCE releases final Failure to Act Report

January 16, 2013 | Pollution, Water

By Doug ScottAs a preface to ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which will be released on March 19, the American Society of Civil Engineers unveiled during a teleconference on Jan. 15 its fifth and final report in the…

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PBS News Hour explores wastewater treatment

January 16, 2013 | Contaminants, Environment, EPA, Report, Water

The Jan. 3 PBS News Hour featured science correspondent Miles O'Brien plunging into a muck of that which rhymes with "it" to investigate our ailing country's sewage system.Here's a written account of his story of what happened underground.The webpage included…

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on continuing his service in the Obama administration

January 15, 2013 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2013 (USDA) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today regarding the announcement that he will continue his service in the Obama administration:“President Obama and I share a deep appreciation for rural America and its…

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