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EPA Helps 25 Communities Meet Environmental Goals, Foster Development

Wed, 2016-12-21 08:29
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EPA Helps 25 Communities Meet Environmental Goals, Foster Development

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program offers five assistance tools

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 25 communities will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that advance clean air, clean water, economic development and other local goals. EPA selected the communities from among 76 applicants to the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. In 2017, EPA staff and national experts will conduct one- to two-day workshops to help the community address development-oriented issues.

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  December 21, 2016

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St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District Rebuilds Facilities

Tue, 2016-12-20 10:31
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KAI Design & Build contracted for project

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KAI Design & Build was contracted by the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to provide emergency relief services after historic rains and severe flooding at the end of 2015 caused the shutdown of two of its wastewater treatment plants and damage to a third plant. The total estimated damage was $11 million.

KAI worked with MSD to quickly identify the primary and secondary treatment process equipment that needed to be refurbished or replaced as a result of the flooding, as well as to develop plans and schedules to get the plants back into operation.

Source:  KAI Design & Build Publication Date:  December 20, 2016

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Crop Shelter Provides Greater Research Portability

Mon, 2016-12-19 10:27
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New study from Agriculture Victoria describes shelter

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Researchers from Agriculture Victoria in Australia released a study describing a fully-automated, portable and energy-independent rainout shelter. This new design will allow researchers to more effectively field test crop varieties for their tolerances to water stress.

Source:  American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America Publication Date:  December 19, 2016

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WRF Publishes Report on Infrastructure Funding

Fri, 2016-12-16 09:29
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WRF Publishes Report on Infrastructure Funding

Report indicates that utilities require sufficient, sustained revenue

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The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has published a new report to help utilities assess several new and emerging capital financing alternatives. The report indicates that while the new capital funding options may help, utilities still need sufficient and sustained revenue to pay for the financing, and that revenue will need to come from rates.

Source:  Water Research Foundation Publication Date:  December 16, 2016

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House Passes Water Resources Legislation

Thu, 2016-12-15 09:28
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WIIN Act would authorize more than $10 billion in water project funding

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved 360 to 61 legislation that would authorize more than $10 billion in federal dollars for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out dozens of water transportation construction projects.

Source:  ARTBA Publication Date:  December 15, 2016

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Surveyed Attendees Rate SWS Fall Virtual Expo Highly

Wed, 2016-12-14 08:47
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Surveyed Attendees Rate SWS Fall Virtual Expo Highly

2017 SWS Virtual Expos to be supplemented with live event in November

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All 659 attendees of the SWS Fall Virtual Expo, hosted online in November 2016 by Scranton Gillette Communications’ Storm Water Solutions (SWS), were emailed a 13-question survey to determine their Expo satisfaction, as well as their suggestions for future events. Of the total respondents, 96.4% ranked the Fall Virtual Expo as a good or excellent experience.

While 55% of the attendees participated in past SWS Virtual Expos, 96.3% indicated they would attend future Virtual Expos—with more than 80% saying they would attend two such events within the course of a year.

Source:  Scranton Gillette Communications Publication Date:  December 14, 2016

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House, Senate Agree to Fund WIFIA

Wed, 2016-12-14 08:33
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House, Senate Agree to Fund WIFIA

Program paves way for water infrastructure loans

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The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate negotiators agreed to provide $20 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) in 2017, paving the way for up to $1.2 billion in loans to support critical water infrastructure projects if approved by Congress.

Source:  American Water Works Assn. Publication Date:  December 14, 2016

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USDA Invests $33 Million in High-Priority Watersheds

Tue, 2016-12-13 10:27
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Investment to help improve water quality

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investment of more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country to help landowners improve water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

Source:  U.S. Department of Agriculture Publication Date:  December 13, 2016

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Common Ground Relief Improves Wetlands in Louisiana

Mon, 2016-12-12 12:01
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EPA Gulf of Mexico Program provides funding

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced that Common Ground Relief Inc. received a $29,998 cooperative agreement to improve wetlands in Bayou Sauvage, La., and teach area youth about their local environment. 

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  December 12, 2016

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EPA Funds Water Conservation, Pollution Control Projects

Fri, 2016-12-09 10:49
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Three New Jersey organizations receive grants

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $399,358 to organizations in New Jersey to fund projects that will help businesses reduce chemical pollution and conserve water. These grants, which were awarded to Rowan University, the College of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, are part of the approximately $5 million in grants the EPA awards each year to prevent pollution across the nation.

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  December 09, 2016

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IECA Announces Keynote Speakers for Environmental Connection

Thu, 2016-12-08 12:45
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Jim Cantore, Craig Zeller to present opening, closing remarks

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The Intl. Erosion Control Assn. Region One (IECA) announced its keynote speakers for Environmental Connection 2017—IECA’s annual conference and educational event for the erosion, sediment control and storm water industry. The event will take place Feb. 21 to 24, 2017, in Atlanta.

Source:  Intl. Erosion Control Assn. Publication Date:  December 08, 2016

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