EPA announces framework to help local governments manage stormwater runoff and wastewater

June 13, 2012 | Infrastructure, Rural, Rural Development, Water

WASHINGTON - On June 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists EPA regional offices, states, and…

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Climate-resilience evaluation and awareness tool exercise report available

June 12, 2012 | Rural Development, Tribal, USDA

EPA has posted online a report on the “Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Exercise with North Hudson Sewerage Authority and New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program.” The report documents the methodology used and the outcomes of the exercise so…

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Chicago Tribune: Loyola to ban sale of bottled water on campus

May 15, 2012 | Rural Development, USDA

A May 8 article in the Chicago Tribune reports:"Loyola University Chicago began encouraging students to drink tap water by giving all freshmen reusable bottles last fall and installing more refill stations around campus throughout this past year.Now it's planning to…

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EPA updates online water-quality standards guidance

May 15, 2012 | Agriculture, Jobs, Rural Development, USDA

EPA has updated the online version of its water-quality standards handbook to make it more user-friendly and improve transparency by providing links to EPA’s most recent policy documents. The handbook is a compilation of EPA's guidance on the water-quality standards…

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Obama administration announces new partnership on Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Research

April 20, 2012 | Farm Bill, Rural Development, USDA

WASHINGTON – Three federal agencies announced April 13 a formal partnership to coordinate and align all research associated with development of our nation’s abundant unconventional natural gas and oil resources. The partnership exemplifies the cross-government coordination required under President Obama’s…

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USDA highlights assistance to residents affected by Hurricane Irene

September 1, 2011 | Jobs, Rural, Rural Development, USDA

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today said USDA is ready to deploy personnel and resources to assist the efforts by federal, state and local authorities in response to Hurricane Irene. Yesterday, the Secretary joined Department of…

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New website about drinking water issues available to small communities

November 17, 2009 | Rural Development, USDA

A new website featuring free articles and educational resources to increase awareness about crucial water and wastewater issues is now available.         The site, located at www.nesc.wvu.edu/waterwedrink, is part of “The Water We Drink: Small Community Outreach Campaign,” which offers information about…

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