USDA secretary announces economic development funding to support business growth, create jobs

July 9, 2012 | USDA

One RCAP region is among recipients of fundingAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced June 26 the selection of 28 recipients in rural communities for loans and grants to spur economic development and create or save jobs."The funding I am announcing today…

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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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New EPA document on lessons learned from tabletop exercises in emergency preparedness

June 19, 2012 | Loans, Rural Development, USDA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently posted a “lessons learned” document that captures key highlights from a number of water sector-focused tabletop exercises held over the last couple of years. This document touches on topics such as:Damage assessmentsResource requestsBack-up…

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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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RCAP Executive Director testifies on Capitol Hill

April 26, 2012 | EPA, USDA

RCAP Executive Director Robert Stewart testified April 25 before the House Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee of the Agriculture Committee. The subcommittee hosted the first in a series of hearings on the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization. There…

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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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EPA launches revamped Sustainable Water Infrastructure web pages

August 25, 2011 | Poverty, Rural, USDA

Our communities depend on aging drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure for the health of its people and the vitality of the local economy.  With the release of the Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy last fall, the Environmental…

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