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USDA Announces Regional Conservation Partnership Program – Pre-Proposals Due July 14

Posted on: May 29, 2014

On May 27, 2014, USDA Secretary Vilsack announced a unique new conservation initiative that is intended to give “private companies, local communities, and other non-government partners a way to invest in what are essentially clean water start-up operations.” “Eligible partners include private companies, universities, non-profit organizations, local and tribal governments and others joining with agricultural and conservation organizations and producers to invest money, manpower and materials to their proposed initiatives.” States and water and wastewater utilities are included in the list of eligible applicants. Anticipated first year USDA funding is nearly $400M. Pre-proposals are due July 14. USDA will select applicants to submit final proposals, due September. 26, 2014. See details here.

Note: NRCS is offering question-and-answer sessions on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) both online and in person.

Online Sessions:

  • June 9 (Monday) at 2 p.m. EST; and
  • June 18 (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. EST

Each webinar will last one hour. Click here for log-in instructions for the RCPP webinar.

In-person Session: June 6 (Friday) at 11 a.m. EST. The session will be held in Jamie L. Whitten Building in Room 107-A. If you have questions or to RSVP, contact NRCS.


Forest Service Proposed Groundwater Management Directive: Webinar May 20th and Public Comments Due August 4th

Posted on: May 18, 2014

The Forest Service’s proposed changes to internal Agency directives for Watershed and Air Management will include groundwater resources on National Forest System (NFS) lands as an integral component of watershed management. Key points:


  • Provide for consideration of groundwater resources in agency activities.
  • Encourage source water protection and water conservation.
  • Establish procedures for reviewing new proposals for groundwater withdrawals on NFS land.
  • Require the evaluation of potential impacts from groundwater withdrawals on NFS natural resources.
  • Provide for measurement and reporting to help build our understanding of groundwater resources on NFS land.


  • Affect procedures or impose any new conditions on state-issued water rights.
  • Affect existing or future tribal water rights settlements or water compacts.
  • Impose any new regulations or requirements on locatable, leasable, geothermal, or mineral material operations.
  • Change the way state water quality regulations or tribal water quality standards are promulgated or administered.
  • Give the Forest Service any new authorities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

The Forest Service welcomes public comment within 90 days from the date of publication of the notice in the Federal Register (published May 6, 2014). Comments must be received electronically. Electronic comments may be submitted by following the instructions at regulations.gov or via email to fsm2500@fs.fed.us.

May 20, 2014 Webinar: USDA Forest Service Proposed Groundwater Management Directives

The Forest Service will host a national webinar at 1 p.m. EST May 20 to discuss the components of the proposed policy to manage groundwater resources on the country’s national forests and grasslands. Forest Service leaders and technical specialists will provide an overview on groundwater issues and information on the intent of the agency’s directives.

You can register for the webinar at:

See links below for more details:






Call for Papers for ASDWA’s 2014 Annual Conference – Due June 16th

Posted on: May 6, 2014

SWC members are encouraged to submit an abstract for ASDWA’s 2014 Annual Conference, to be held October 20-23, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM.  Approximately 250 participants are expected to attend.  Presentation Themes may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Source water protection and sustainability of water supplies
  • Climate change, water and energy efficiency, and conservation
  • Clean Water Act/SDWA connections, nutrient pollution, and Harmful Algal Blooms
  • SDWA implementation approaches and strategies including collaborations and partnerships
  • State revolving loan fund tools and techniques/green infrastructure strategies
  • Drinking water security strategies and tools
  • Small systems: TMF, sustainability strategies, technologies, and compliance
  • Workforce, operator certification, and/or technical assistance initiativesData management
  • Emerging drinking water treatment technologies and optimization of current technologies
  • Distribution system issues
  • Emerging contaminants in drinking water, both chemical and microbial
  • Drinking water research
  • Risk assessment, risk communication and consumer outreach
  • Implementation of regulations – challenges and successes

Please note: priority will be given to submissions received from state drinking water program administrators and their staff.  If you would like to make a presentation, please submit a one-page abstract with the proposed presentation title, and the name, title, affiliation, and contact information for the speaker to Deirdre Mason of ASDWA at dmason@asdwa.org by June 16, 2014.


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