Former Minnesota Rep. Jim Oberstar on the Clean Water Act

October 16, 2012 | Energy, Federal, Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing, Water

Although he spent 35 years as a Congressman representing northeastern Minnesota, former Representative Jim Oberstar points to something he helped achieve before being elected to Congress as one of his proudest legislative accomplishments. In late 1971, while on the staff…

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EPA makes awards to RCAP and others to assist small drinking water and wastewater systems

September 7, 2012 | Energy, EPA, Utilities, Wastewater, Water, Webinar

WASHINGTON (EPA) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $15 million in funding to provide training and technical assistance to small drinking and wastewater systems – those serving fewer than 10,000 people – and to private well owners.…

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If it’s good enough for the president…

August 29, 2012 | Energy, EPA, Infrastructure

Congress to Provide Local DC Tap Water for Presidential InaugurationWASHINGTON (DC Water)--Senator Chuck Schumer and the Joint Congressional Committee for Inaugural Ceremonies  announced Aug. 29 that local DC tap water will be served during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. In a…

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Two new training webinars on EPA’s abletop Exercise Tool for Water Systems

April 25, 2012 | Energy, EPA, Resources, Wastewater

EPA has uploaded two training webinars on the Tabletop Exercise Tool for Water Systems: Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Climate Resiliency (TTX Tool) to EPA’s website ). The TTX Tool assists in planning, designing, conducting, and evaluating a tabletop exercise on…

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Reader’s Digest ranks water/wastewater operators among 10 jobs Americans can’t do without

November 2, 2011 | Energy, EPA, Utilities

In a recent article, the popular Reader's Digest provided a list of the "10 Jobs Americans Can’t Live Without." Many of the profession are in the public-service sector, working for utilities or essential security-related services like the police or fire…

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New website tracks oil fracking operations, chemicals

May 2, 2011 | Energy, EPA, Training

There’s a new resource available on the topic of hydraulic fracturing, an area of emerging concern for drinking water protection.FracFocus.org , a registry for hydraulic fracturing chemicals, is a joint project of the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate…

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Celebrate Drinking Water Week 2011 from May 1-7

May 2, 2011 | Energy

May 1-7 is Drinking Water Week. Drinking Water Week is an annual observance of the vital role water plays in daily life. This year's theme is “Water: Celebrate the Essential,” and it highlights the work by water professionals and communities…

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The Rural Blog: Researchers say hydraulically fractured shale releases more greenhouse gases than coal

April 12, 2011 | Energy, Waste, Water

One researcher's conclusion that "natural gas pried from shale formations is dirtier than coal in the short term" and "comparable" in the long term will be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, giving it more credence, Mike Soraghan reports for…

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The Rural Blog: Independent review supports EPA’s findings of MTR on water quality

October 8, 2010 | Energy, EPA

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency's independent Science Advisory Board's first draft review of EPA's research into mountaintop removal supports the agency's findings that mountaintop removal negatively affects water quality. "In their draft review, the SAB supports EPA’s scientific research and…

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