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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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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:

THE PROPOSED DIRECTIVE WILL

  • 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.

THE PROPOSED DIRECTIVE WILL NOT

  • 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:
https://www.livemeeting.com/lrs/8002989786/Registration.aspx?PageName=lw1z0hnb0l12bd70

See links below for more details:

http://www.fs.fed.us/geology/groundwater.html

http://www.fs.fed.us/news/2014/releases/05/water-resources.shtml

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/05/06/2014-10366/proposed-directive-on-groundwater-resource-management-forest-service-manual-2560#h-27

 

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