New Study: Many roads, bridges in rural America in disrepair

July 11, 2014 | General RCAP News

As Congress debates mechanisms to fully fund the Highway Trust Fund, rural concerns are often absent from the conversation. The trust fund is used to make repairs to our roads, bridges, and mass transit infrastruture and is funded by the…

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Drought forces Texas city to treat, recycle wastewater for drinking

July 10, 2014 | General RCAP News

The city of Wichita Falls, Texas has begun an ambitious attempt to address the shortage of drinking water in the region caused by recent prolonged drought conditions. The project, which is the largest of its kind in the country, involves…

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Rural Development Celebrates Earth Day by Announcing Funding for 116 Water Projects

April 22, 2014 | General RCAP News

Today, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the investment of $387 million in 116 rural water and wastewater projects in 40 states and Puerto Rico. The announcement, USDA's largest ever, was made in honor of Earth Day, and includes…

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Could fracking lead to innovations in wastewater treatment?

March 24, 2014 | General RCAP News

Although there are still substantial concerns about the impacts of hyraulic fracking on drinking water supplies, attempts to limit those impacts may result in new technologies for wastewater treatment. From the U.K.'s The Guardian newspaper:Big advancements in wastewater treatment could…

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Wisconsin study says untreated drinking water has more risk of illness

March 11, 2014 | General RCAP News

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:Researchers have found that children living in central and northern Wisconsin communities that don't disinfect their drinking water systems have a greater likelihood of contracting gastrointestinal illnesses than children who rely on other water systems.The study,…

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EPA Awards Almost $9 Million in Grants to Researchers Working to Improve Water Quality

February 6, 2014 | General RCAP News

Last week, EPA awarded $9 million in research grants to four institutions to conduct research on phosphorus and nitrogen pollution in our waterways. This type of pollution is knows as "nutrient pollution," and though nutrients are typically thought of as…

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RCAP Statement on Farm Bill Agreement

January 29, 2014 | General RCAP News

NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 29, 2014RCAP Supports Farm Bill CompromiseEarlier this week, leaders from the House and Senate Agriculture Committees took a major step toward helping rural communities by finalizing negotiations on the long-awaited 5-year Farm Bill. The bipartisan agreement…

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On The Plains, The Rush For Oil Has Changed Everything

January 29, 2014 | General RCAP News

NPR is out today with a new story profiling the changes and challenges facing rural communities in North Dakota as the influx of workers in the natural gas industry strains local resources. Kirk Seigler writes:A remarkable transformation is underway in…

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Many in Rural West Virginia Still Without Water

January 14, 2014 | General RCAP News

Tap water is flowing again for some communities in West Virginia affected by a major chemical spill that tainted local drinking water supplies. For many in the impacted area, however, the water remains unsafe to drink. Many of the areas…

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Fighting the War on Poverty in Rural America

January 13, 2014 | General RCAP News

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's weekly column last week highlighted USDA's efforts to alleviate poverty in rural America:Fifty years ago, President Johnson declared the beginning of “an unconditional war on poverty in America,” challenging us to bring to bear all of…

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