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News by Topic: Infrastructure

Oct 23, 2020 - Notice from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) confirming the April 2, 2020 final rule establishing the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) and responding to comments on the final rule.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 16, 2020 - Executive Order from the President establishing an interagency Water Policy Committee to promote efficient and effective coordination across agencies engaged in water-related matters, and to prioritize actions to modernize and safeguard water resources and infrastructure. This order directs the Committee to submit a report recommending actions to address water storage, water quality, and water systems improvement, among other topics.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 5, 2020 - The Rural Utilities Services (RUS) is announcing the availability of up to $5 million in competitive grants to fund a new pilot program titled "Technical Assistance and Training for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions (TAT/RWTS) Grant Pilot Program." TAT/RWTS grant funds will be used to identify and evaluate economically feasible, innovative regional solutions to wastewater treatment concerns for historically impoverished communities in areas that have had difficulty installing traditional wastewater treatment systems due to soil conditions. Applications are due by November 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 1, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced they are now accepting applications for four key loan guarantee programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative. The USDA launched a common loan guarantee application for the following programs: Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantee Program, Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program, Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program, and Rural Energy for America Guaranteed Loan Program.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Sep 30, 2020 - Provides overview of a study in Jackson County, North Carolina that shows the importance of looking at wastewater data for early warning signs of COVID-19 outbreaks. The study focused on a rural population and was able to indicate an increase or decrease in infections before confirmed cases were reported.
Source: Mathematica
Sep 24, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission announcing the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) is adopting the Alaska Population Distribution Model. The model provides a methodology for estimating the number of Alaskans who receive mobile service within census blocks in remote areas of Alaska and creating a list of census blocks eligible for use of frozen support under the Alaska Plan.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 22, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service implementing statutory provisions found in Section 6401 of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. Section 6401 expands Strategic Economic and Community Development plans to include all programs covered by Title XIV of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (CONACT) or programs administered through the Rural Development mission area. The name of SECD plans is updated to "Strategic Community Investment Plans." This rule is effective September 22, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 22, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its investment of $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states. 76 projects will receive funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Sep 15, 2020 - Shares how rural water projects are providing access to clean water and safe water disposal systems to improve the health of rural Native Alaskan communities.
Source: Anchorage Daily News
Sep 10, 2020 - Blog post discusses the inequities in rural, tribal, and low-income communities, as well as communities of color, highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how these populations are less likely to have access to clean water, broadband, affordable energy; includes examples of communities working to make these more accessible.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation