New national community facilities legislation announced in RCAP community

April 9, 2013 | Conservation

Rep. Steve Southerland II (R-Fla.) announced April 8 that he intends to introduce the Building Rural Communities Act later this week in Congress. He made the announcement while on a visit to Marianna, Fla., a community that the Rural Community…

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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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Daily Yonder blog: Rural poverty rate reaches 18.3% in 2011

January 14, 2013 | Conservation, EPA, Waste

The Daily Yonder blog reported Jan. 8 that "the percentage of people living in poverty increased from 15.8 percent of those living in rural counties in 2007, before the recession began, to 18.3 percent in 2011."All of RCAP's work is…

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Updated data now available through EPA’s Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Data Access Tool

November 15, 2012 | Conservation, Efficiency, Rates, Water

EPA has added updated data in the Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Data Access Tool (NPDAT), a tool intended to help states develop effective nitrogen and phosphorus source-reduction strategies. Specifically, the updates include the Facilities Likely to Discharge Nitrogen/Phosphorus (N/P) to…

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Through disasters and good times, water keeps on running, but for how long?

November 14, 2012 | Conservation, Drinking Water

When a natural disaster hits, such as the recent Superstorm Sandy, many utilities are knocked out in residential areas. Electricity is the most common service to go down, but what happens less often is water service being disrupted. It's nothing…

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USDA works to help restore water and electric service to rural customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy

November 8, 2012 | Conservation, Funding, Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2012 (USDA) – As part of federal efforts to provide necessary support to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that power and water services have been restored to more than 130,000 rural…

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Information on uses and benefits of decentralized wastewater treatment available online

September 20, 2012 | Conservation, Development, Environment, Quality, Water

EPA has made available online information on the uses and benefits of decentralized wastewater treatment and examples of where they have played an effective role in a community's wastewater treatment infrastructure. Decentralized wastewater treatment consists of a variety of onsite…

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EPA offering sustainable growth assistance to communities

September 20, 2012 | Conservation, Video

WASHINGTON (EPA) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invited communities on Sept. 19 to apply for technical assistance to foster sustainable growth in their area. Communities that adopt sustainable-growth strategies have been shown to expand economic opportunity and protect…

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New information about harmful algal blooms online

August 17, 2012 | Conservation, Investment, Water

EPA has published a new web page on harmful algal blooms to help inform states, tribal and local governments, other federal agencies, and the public about key issues regarding cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, blooms in recreational waters and drinking water.Harmful…

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EPA releases green infrastructure permitting and enforcement fact sheets

June 26, 2012 | Conservation, EPA, USDA

EPA has released a series of six fact sheets on incorporating green infrastructure measures into National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System wet weather programs. The series builds upon existing EPA authority, guidance and agreements to describe how EPA and state permitting…

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