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2018-11-12Virginia DEQ Award $3 Million to Localities to Improve Water Quality
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has awarded more than $3 million in funding to localities to improve water quality across the state. This funding is dedicated to projects that will help reduce pollution related to stormwater, precipitation, atmospheric deposition, drainage, seepage or hydrologic modification, also known as nonpoint source pollution. Funding recipients include municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, and other organizations that will implement projects designed to prevent and control NPS pollution. Available through the federal Clean Water Act's Section 319, the funding will improve water quality through best management practices designed to reduce impacts on local streams and watersheds. DEQ is the commonwealth's lead agency for implementing NPS pollution control programs and disburses federal, state and non-profit grant funds. [ full text ]

2018-11-12EPA Recognizes Excellence and Innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. Honored projects include large wastewater infrastructure projects to small decentralized and agriculture projects. “The Clean Water State Revolving Fund plays an integral role in advancing the President’s infrastructure agenda, providing communities with low-interest loans so that they can modernize aging infrastructure, create local jobs, and better protect public health and the environment,” said EPA Office of Water Assistant Administrator Dave Ross. “The scale and complexity of the 2018 PISCES recognized projects represent the determination, coordination, and creativity our partners put forth to achieve their water quality goals.” [ full text ]

2018-11-12DOE Launches Water Security Grand Challenge
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the launch of the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. “Through this Grand Challenge, we will advance technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure and affordable water,” said Secretary Perry. “We’ll call on the power of competition to spur innovation, draw on the strengths of our partners and stakeholders, and tap into the expertise and world-class capabilities of DOE’s 17 National Labs.” [ full text ]

2018-10-10EPA Hits 13-Year High in Deleting Superfund Sites
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the Agency deleted all or part of 22 sites from Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL), the largest number of deletions in one year since FY 2005 and a significant increase over the past few years. This action includes the Old Esco site in Greenville, Texas. [ full text ]

2018-10-09EPA Awards Close to $19 Million to Vermont to Support Local Clean Water Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the State of Vermont was awarded a total of $18,966,000 in Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) grants to finance community-based water infrastructure projects, such as upgrades to municipal sewage plants and public drinking water systems. The total amount of funding came through separate grants to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in the amount of $7,859,000 for its Clean Water SRF program and for $11,107,000 for its Drinking Water SRF program. [ full text ]

2018-10-08Ecotourism Can Benefit Rural Communities
“Ecotourism is a driving force for economic, social and environmental change in the world,” said Greg Bruce, principal sustainability on the Queensland, Australia, Town Council. Bruce is participating in an international conference on ecotourism in Queensland November 26-28. “Ecotourism includes a different way of thinking about the environment, whilst accounting for the social and economic needs of people in the areas that the activities are occurring in.” [ full text ]

2018-10-08Cedar Rapids Certified A 4-Star Community
After almost a year of work, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has achieved a Certified 4-STAR Community Rating from STAR Communities. This is a significant accomplishment recognizing years of commitment from city leaders and staff. Cedar Rapids’ 4-STAR rating affirms the work the city and community partners have done and points to future opportunities for improvement. [ full text ]

2018-10-08Resources and Tools Announced for Healthy School Environments
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the availability of nearly $30 million to support safe drinking water and cleaner air. EPA is making $20 million available for states and tribes to test for lead in drinking water at schools and childcare facilities. At the same time, EPA is announcing approximately $9 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners to help them replace older school buses with cleaner, more modern vehicles. [ full text ]

2018-10-08Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Awarded MDEQ Grant
A property in Detroit will be redeveloped as a community park with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was awarded a $650,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to revitalize and safely reuse a former car dealership on Grand River Avenue, where it intersects the Jeffries Freeway. [ full text ]

2018-10-05EPA Honors City of Plano, Texas, as WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored the city of Plano, Texas, as a WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year for encouraging residents and businesses to reduce their water use. The city of Frisco, Texas, received an Excellence Award for Education and Outreach. The cities are among 20 water utilities, manufacturers, builders, and organizations recognized for protecting the environment by creating and promoting WaterSense labeled fixtures, homes, and programs. EPA’s WaterSense partners have helped Americans save more than 2.7 trillion gallons of water and $63.8 billion on utility bills since 2006. [ full text ]