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April 2014

EPA’s Waters of US/Wetlands Rule

  • Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:00pm
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On March 25, 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) released their long-awaited proposed rule to clarify regulation under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands.  According to EPA, “Determining Clean Water Act protection for streams and wetlands because confusing and complex following Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.  For nearly a decade, members of Congress, state and local officials, industry, agriculture, environmental groups, and the public asked for a rulemaking to provide clarity.”

New York to Introduce “First Responder” License Plates

  • Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:00pm
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The new plates are designed to make it easier to recognize emergency response vehicles during storms or other emergency situations. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the vehicle must either be owned or controlled and registered in the name of the agency or locality in order to be eligible for the new plate.

The plates have a white background with a red banner and have the letters “EM” on them for Emergency Management.

EPA Releases Guide to Help Water Utilities Adopt Sustainable Practices

  • Wed, 04/09/2014 - 6:00pm
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On April 3, EPA released a guide for water utilities on sustainable and effective practices. Developed with extensive input from utility leaders and states, this document will help water sector utilities of all sizes adopt proven and sustainable practices over time to better serve communities across the nation. The practices in the document are organized around a series of attributes of effectively managed utilities endorsed by EPA and leading water professional associations.

New York State’s Tap Water Taste Contest (TWTC)

  • Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:00pm
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The New York State Tap Water Taste Contest (TWTC) is an excellent way to promote awareness of the value of water to the public, your customers. Below is a link to a tentative schedule for the Local TWTC.

 If you wish to participate and have questions on bringing your samples, please refer to the contact person in your area.

 This is an event where water systems from across the State of New York join together for a friendly competition. Please stay tuned for more information to follow. Brought to you by the Water and Wastewater Education and Outreach Committee (WWEOC).

Home Depot Hosts Water Conservation Workshops

  • Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:00pm
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The Home Depot Hosts Water Conservation Workshops Nationwide. On Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m, The Home Depot will host free Water Conservation Workshops at all of its 1,977 U.S. stores. This is a nationwide effort to educate and empower residents across the country to improve water efficiency inside and outside the home. The announcement of the workshops is one of several measures the company is taking to assist homeowners where many face water restrictions due to current dry conditions.

USDA Rural Development Celebrates Earth Day

  • Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:00pm
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USDA Rural Development Celebrates Earth Day by Supporting Water Quality Projects in 40 States and Puerto Rico

 

2014 Farm Bill Enables Record USDA Investments in Rural Water Systems

   WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today celebrated Earth Day by announcing record support for 116 projects that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment.