EPA Helps Communities and Water Utilities Address Harmful Algal Blooms

September 4, 2014 | General RCAP News

"Toxins from harmful algal and cyanobacterial blooms are increasingly contaminating many of our nation’s source waters. We saw this just recently in Toledo, Ohio where toxins, most likely microcystins, made their way through the water treatment facility leaving many people…

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Looming Water Bill for Projects and Other Infrastructure Needs

September 4, 2014 | EPA

For small systems, repairs to aging infrastructure is made all the more difficult by declining population and lack of staff as the Denver Post reports on Sunday, August 31.  For the whole story, click here.

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Startling Images of the Effects of California’s Drought

August 29, 2014 | General RCAP News

When 63 trillion gallons of water is lost, the effect on lakes, reservoirs, and rivers is dramatic. See the photos and get the story from the Washington Post here. 

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California’s Extreme Drought Leaves Poor Without Water

August 28, 2014 | Rural

Brett Walton reports for Circle of Blue from Monson, California,"Just as summer in the San Joaquin Valley was reaching a full boil in June, the Colunga family lost its water and its connection to the modern world.Like a reliable workhorse…

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The Road to Recovery Requires Investment in Infrastructure

August 22, 2014 | General RCAP News

In an August 21, 2014 Washington Post op-ed, Felix G. Rohatyn and Peter C. Goldmark Jr call for an investment in public infrastructure as a means for economic growth.They write,"So what is the logical big driver for the next round…

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EPA hosts Webinar on August 21: Reviewing Recent Amendments to the CWSRF Program

August 20, 2014 | General RCAP News

On August 21 from 2-4 p.m. EDT, EPA will host a webinar to inform state and local associations and environmental groups about the recent amendments to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). On June 10, President Obama signed into…

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Mother Jones reports ‘Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country’

August 11, 2014 | General RCAP News

You might be contributing to the drought in California and not even know it.  In an August 11, 2014 article on MotherJones.com, Julia Lurie examines the companies bottling water in the west and their impact on the drought..For the whole…

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USDA Grants to Create Jobs and Strengthen Small Rural Businesses

August 5, 2014 | General RCAP News

Last week the USDA announced grants totalling $300,000 to 10 microenterprises in an effort to support job growth and business development in rural communities.  To learn more, see the press release below. USDA Announces Grants to Community Partners to Create…

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$10 Billion Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund Announced

July 29, 2014 | General RCAP News

Last week, members of the RCAP Board and staff attended the White House Rural Council’s Rural Opportunity Investment Forum where US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. The Fund is intended to…

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The Importance of Wastewater Infrastructure: Up [the] Creek (with a Paddle)

July 16, 2014 | General RCAP News

David Gessner highlights a recent trip he took down a local stream impacted by the overflow of untreated sewage in his essay in this month's OnEarth newsletter. The stream is famous for being the location where the TV show Dawson's…

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