Teams receive up to $15,000 to fund project development, with a chance to compete for up to $75,000 later on
Since 2004 the competition has funded more than 600 student team projects nationwide – some leading to start-up companies
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants to university student teams for proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies. Each team will receive up to $15,000 for their proposals.Image: recycle-1-1308687.jpg Publication Date: February 18, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
EPA Awards Grants to 38 Student Teams for Sustainable Projects
Budget proposal directs $300 million toward water issues
The Water Council commended the President for submitting a budget proposal that directs $300 million toward the development of new solutions that will help address our nation’s challenges with respect to water quality and quantity issues.
“We applaud the White House for putting a spotlight on water technology innovation,” said Jim Stern, Executive Vice President for A. O. Smith Corporation and Chair of The Water Council Board’s advocacy committee.Image: waterfly-1527222.jpg Publication Date: February 17, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
The Water Council Applauds White House Budget Proposal for Water Innovation
Dr. Jerry Hatfield will present on "Why is Soil Health Important?"
The Certified Crop Adviser program will offer a seminar on soil health Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ET.
Dr. Jerry Hatfield will present on “Why is Soil Health Important?” Hatfield is the Laboratory Director and Supervisory Plant Physiologist at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment.Image: corn-field-1455335(1).jpg Publication Date: February 16, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
Certified Crop Adviser Program to Offer Soil Health Seminar
Regional Conservation Partnership Program project list emphasizes water resource issues
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and partners across the nation together will direct up to $720 million towards 84 conservation projects that will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. These projects make up the second round of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) created by the 2014 Farm Bill.Image: alga-1056114.jpg Publication Date: February 15, 2016
Program incentivizes farmers, ranchers to remove agricultural land from production
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most competitive applications will be those that combine multiple conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat.Image: wheat-field-1529779.jpg Publication Date: February 12, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
Deadline Approaching to Submit Offers for USDA Conservation Reserve Program
Legislation would prohibit new leases for coal, oil and gas on federal lands and waters
350.org co-founder Bill McKibben and grassroots leaders joined Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and 16 other members of Congress to introduce the “Keep It In the Ground Bill” in the U.S. House of Representatives.
This legislation would prohibit new leases for coal, oil and gas on all federal lands and waters, halting new leases for offshore drilling in the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico and permanently protecting the Arctic and Atlantic coasts.Image: oil-refinery-1523413.jpg Publication Date: February 12, 2016
The agency requested $8.267 billion for its projects.
The Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget announced for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lays out a strategy to ensure that steady progress is made in addressing known environmental problems and ensuring the agency and its partners in environmental protection, states and tribes, are positioned to meet the challenges of the future. EPA’s FY 2017 budget request of $8.267 billion provides resources vital to that overarching vision. The request is $127 million above the agency’s enacted level for FY 2016.Image: nature-around-the-lake-5-1399056.jpg Publication Date: February 11, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
EPA's 2017 Budget Request Aims to Protect Nation's Waters, Other Resources
Program will promote skilled green infrastructure workforce, support job creation
DC Water and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) have signed an agreement to develop a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program aimed at promoting skilled individuals who will install, inspect and maintain green infrastructure (GI) systems. In addition, the program will help support community-based job creation in U.S. cities, and establish national standards for professionals seeking to work on GI projects.Image: dc-4-1527880.jpg Publication Date: February 10, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
DC Water, Water Environment Federation Launch Green Infrastructure Certification Program
Program helps producers voluntarily improve health and productivity of working lands
Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that $150 million in funding is available for agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s largest conservation program, by acres impacted, that helps producers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and tribal working lands. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to add an estimated 10 million acres to the rolls of CSP during fiscal year 2016.Image: lang-ranch-1273757.jpg Publication Date: February 09, 2016
MWRD receives Project of Year award for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) accepted two awards from the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) during its annual awards ceremony, including recognition as "Public Body of the Year."Image: unnamed(1).jpg Publication Date: February 09, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
CISCO awards Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Loveland will resolve unauthorized discharges and storm water violations under Clean Water Act
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has reached a proposed administrative settlement with Loveland Products, Inc., to resolve unauthorized discharges and industrial storm water violations under the Clean Water Act (CWA) at its facility in Fairbury, Neb. Under the settlement, Loveland will pay a civil penalty of $145,000.
Water Investment Trust Fund will provide protected source of revenue for states
Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D–OR), John Duncan (R–TN) and Richard Hanna (R–NY) have introduced the Water Investment Trust Fund Act, legislation that will provide a small, deficit-neutral, protected source of revenue to help states replace, repair and rehabilitate critical clean and drinking water facilities by creating a voluntary labeling and contributory system to which businesses that rely on a clean water source could opt in.Image: water-pipe-2-1474797.jpg Publication Date: February 08, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
Representatives Introduce Legislation to Aid States' Drinking Water Facilities
Rarer weather patterns indicate that region is sliding into drier climate state
The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the southwestern U.S. are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according to a new study.
"A normal year in the Southwest is now drier than it once was," said Andreas Prein, a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) who led the study. "If you have a drought nowadays, it will be more severe because our base state is drier."Image: cactus-1384019.jpg Publication Date: February 05, 2016
Visit will help U.S. companies launch or increase business in India
Xylem, a water technology company dedicated to solving water issues, announced that it has been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development Mission to India, taking place from Feb. 8 to 12, 2016. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews will lead this mission, accompanied by representatives from 18 companies. Lee Zak, director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and Ray Ellis, vice president of global business development at the Export-Import Bank, will also participate in the mission.Image: india-globe-1452101.jpg Company Reference: Xylem Publication Date: February 05, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
Xylem to Participate in Smart Cities Business Development Mission to India
Award recognizes excellence in implementing storm water green infrastructure practices
For the third year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting nominations for the Rain Catcher Awards for excellence in implementation of storm water green infrastructure projects during the past year. Award categories are available for municipal, commercial, tribal, and neighborhood/community levels.
Nominations are due to the agency by March 18, 2016. The awardees will be honored at a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn. on May 17, 2016.Image: rain-1488491.jpg Publication Date: February 04, 2016
State grant will provide funding for future tenants
The rapid fulfillment of leasing opportunities in Milwaukee’s Global Water Center since the building’s completion in 2013 has led to the purchase of a second, nearby building to house additional companies seeking to tap the growing network of industry resources located in Milwaukee’s burgeoning Water Technology District.Image: milwakee-skyline-1224193.jpg Publication Date: February 04, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
Milwaukee's Global Water Center to Expand
Salt Lake County agrees to improve its storm water program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice, and the state of Utah have reached an agreement with Salt Lake County to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations associated with the county’s storm water management program. This agreement, lodged today as a consent decree in the U.S.Image: map-of-salt-lake-city-1493011.jpg Publication Date: February 03, 2016
WaterTAP Ontario announces call for nominations to board of directors
The nominating and governance committee of the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) has announced a call for nominations for candidates for the board of directors.
The board is seeking directors to fill as many as six positions. All directors will be elected for a two-year term (2016 to 2018).Image: management-1-1236766.jpg Publication Date: February 02, 2016
More than one billion people worldwide depend on wetlands to make a living
Feb. 2 marks 45 years since the Convention on Wetlands was signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Each year on the anniversary, people in many countries come together to celebrate wetlands and their vital importance for the future of the planet.
Each year, a theme is selected to focus attention on a vital function of wetlands. The theme for 2016, under the banner “Wetlands for our Future,” is Sustainable Livelihoods, selected to demonstrate the vital role of wetlands for the current and future wellbeing of humanity and to promote the wise use of all wetlands types.
World Wetlands Day Celebrates Wetlands' Vital Importance