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SWC Call to Action Announced at 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act Celebratory Event

Posted on: December 17, 2014

Administrator Gina McCarthy’s remarks from the December 9th Celebratory Event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC mention the SWC and its new Call to Action. “EPA continues to coordinate efforts to protect America’s drinking water at the source and to address new and legacy challenges. We convene the Source Water Collaborative, a partnership of 25 organizations united to protect drinking water sources. (…) That’s why the organizations here are launching a call to action—asking utilities, states, federal agencies, and local governments to step up to protect source water. I encourage all of us to act. Utilities can partner with landowners and businesses, and make sure they have plans in place with emergency responders. Local governments can help with land use planning to protect water where it counts most. States can help update source water assessments and act on them to address the greatest threats to their drinking water. And federal agencies can work better together.”

Administrator McCarthy’s prepared remarks are available here. The final video of the 40th anniversary of the SDWA is now available on the ASDWA 40th anniversary website.

The SWC is encouraging all members to help promote this Call to Action, which is now available on the SWC home page. The SWC’s full promotion of the Call to Action is planned for early 2015. The full promotion will also feature a companion document that includes informational resources and tools for SWC organizations and their members to facilitate the proposed actions.

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Due October 6th: Request for Nominations for the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC)

Posted on: August 21, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for a three-year appointment to the NDWAC. The 15-member Council was established by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to provide practical and independent advice, consultation and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the activities, functions, policies and regulations required by the SDWA. This Federal Register notice solicits nominations to fill six new vacancies from December 2014 through December 2017. Please review the Federal Register notice for details on submissions.

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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.

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