Poll of rural voters on economic policy released

June 27, 2013 | General RCAP News

As Congress argues over farm subsidies and food stamps, rural Americans complain that elected officials ignore small communities and fail to invest in their future.This is among the findings of a unique, comprehensive poll of rural Americans on the role…

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WaterSense helps you understand your water bill

June 19, 2013 | General RCAP News

A new tool from WaterSense, a program of the EPA and its various partners, is a section on its website that helps you have a better understanding of your water bill. It offers a breakdown of some of the most…

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EPA report details how development can impact public health, environment

June 18, 2013 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON (EPA) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released on June 17 its most comprehensive review to date on how the built environment – the way we build our cities and towns – directly affects our environment and public health.…

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AP: Fracking fuels water fights in nation’s dry spots

June 18, 2013 | General RCAP News

A June 17 Associated Press article reports that "fracking presents new strains on water supplies in some drought-stricken areas of the U.S."The article states:While fracking typically consumes less water than farming or residential uses, the exploration method is increasing competition…

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EPA releases FY 2012 National Water Program’s Best Practices and End-of-Year Performance Report

June 17, 2013 | General RCAP News

Do you know what percentage of the U.S. population is served by community water systems that meet drinking water standards, or the number of previously impaired waterbodies that are now attaining water-quality standards?  These answers and more are in EPA's…

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NYTimes: Farm Subsidies Leading to More Water Use

June 17, 2013 | General RCAP News

A June 6 article in The New York Times reports that millions of dollars in federal subsidies to help farmers buy better irrigation systems to conserve water is having the exact opposite effect. New studies show many farmers are misusing…

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TED Talk: Can We End the Global Water Crisis?

June 10, 2013 | General RCAP News

It is too late to end the global freshwater crisis, but a sustainable water future is still possible. That is the takeaway thought from University of California-Irvine Professor Jay Famiglietti, who shared a TEDx talk on National Geographic.

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NPR: When You Waste Food, You’re Wasting Tons Of Water, Too

June 10, 2013 | Rural

Most of us know to turn the faucet off when we're done using it because, well, to leave it on would be wasting water.A place where water is wasted that we might not think about, according to a June 6…

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Washington Post: What does rural mean? Uncle Sam has more than a dozen answers.

June 10, 2013 | General RCAP News

On June 9, The Washington Post carried a front-page article about the federal government's multiple definitions of rural for the variety of programs it has for residents of those areas of the country.Within one federal agency alone, the Department of…

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Washington Post columnist: Now is the time to be an infrastructure hawk, not a deficit hawk

June 5, 2013 | General RCAP News

Ezra Klein, a columnist for The Washington Post, writes on June 5 about being an infrastructure hawk. He presents an economic and employment argument for investing in infrastructure at this time when interest rates are low and unemployment rates in…

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