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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Happy birthday, Clean Water Act!

October 18, 2012 | Drinking Water, Funding, Infrastructure, Wastewater

From the EPA website:Forty years ago, in the midst of a national concern about untreated sewage, industrial and toxic discharges, destruction of wetlands, and contaminated runoff, the principal law to protect the nation’s waters was passed. Originally enacted in 1948…

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RCAP signs onto coalition letter sent to Congress on Farm Bill

August 31, 2012 | Awards, Drinking Water, EPA, Treatment

The Coalition for a Renewed Rural Development, of which RCAP is a member, sent a letter on Aug. 30 to leaders of committees in Congress who are working on the Farm Bill.The letter urged passage of the Farm Bill and…

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Political wrestling over fracking in Pennsylvania

July 3, 2012 | Drinking Water, Fracking, Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Oil

From iWatch News by The Center for Public Integrity:Local leaders sue for right to control location of gas wellsWhen Pennsylvania passed a state law that stripped local authority over where potentially hazardous natural gas wells could be drilled, cities and…

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Newsweek: The Democrats’ Last, Best Hope

May 9, 2011 | Compliance, Drinking Water, Enforcement, EPA, Regulations, Safe Drinking Water Act

Newsweek magazine's online edition posted a feature article May 1 about a Democratic senator from Montana who exemplifies the Democrats' situation heading into the next election and how their prospects could hinge on rural voters. The article notes: “The math is…

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EPA releases Re-Energizing the Capacity Development Program Report

May 4, 2011 | Drinking Water, Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made available a report titled "Re-Energizing the Capacity Development Program: Findings and Best Practices from the Capacity Development Re-Energizing Workgroup." This report is the product of the workgroup’s goals to better understand EPA's…

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EPA marks American Wetlands Month

May 4, 2011 | Drinking Water, EPA, Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing

May marks the 21st anniversary of American Wetlands Month (AWM), a time when EPA and its wetland partners across the country celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to our nation's ecological, economic, and social health. EPA and a host of…

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EPA solicits public comment on permit to reduce stormwater discharges from construction sites

April 20, 2011 | Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for public comment a draft permit that will help improve our nation’s waterways by regulating the discharge of stormwater from construction sites. Stormwater discharges during construction activities can contain sediment and pollutants…

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EPA seeks comments on new web-based tool for accessing wastewater pollutant discharge information

December 17, 2010 | Drinking Water, EPA

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a “beta” version of a new web-based tool that allows anyone to search and identify the amount, type, and location of wastewater pollutant discharges and the identity of the discharger. EPA is…

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EPA marks 40th anniversary

December 17, 2010 | Drinking Water, EPA

WASHINGTON (EPA) – Dec. 2 marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an event commemorated both by EPA staff and by outside groups and individuals in a variety of ways throughout the week. Information on EPA’s 40th…

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