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USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure for More than 442,000 Rural Americans Across 42 States
Sep 17, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the investment of $392 million through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to help rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states. This funding will support 120 projects in communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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As Hurricane Florence Approaches, the Rural Carolinas Brace For Impact
Sep 12, 2018 - Details concerns about emergency preparedness and response in North and South Carolina in the lead up to Hurricane Florence. Because rural areas tend to be home to older, sicker, and poorer people, and because of more limited transportation and broadband access, rural residents may be more severely impacted by this kind of storm.
Source: City Lab
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RUS: Announcement of Disaster Assistance Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels Federal Register
Sep 12, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service announcement of supplemental funding available through the Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) grant to be used toward repairs of drinking water systems and sewer and solid waste disposal systems in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.
Source: Federal Register
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Update on Tribal Consultation for the Sanitation Deficiency System Guide
Sep 7, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) on the Sanitation Deficiency System (SDS) - A Guide for Reporting Sanitation Deficiencies for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Homes and Communities. This guide is used to standardize collection of data and reporting on current sanitation deficiencies affecting AI/AN homes and communities and, by extension, health. IHS is engaging tribal consultation on proposed updates to the guide.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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Your Rural Water System May Be Close to a Flint-Like Crisis
Aug 25, 2018 - Discusses at-risk water systems in the state of Louisiana. The state has developed a Rural Water Infrastructure Committee which brings together state, regional, and federal agencies to address individual community water needs, starting with water systems with the greatest level of need. This process has worked quickly and effectively in the past, and the hope is that it can be employed across the state.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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RUS: Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program Federal Register
Aug 9, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service announces an additional application window for the Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) grant program for FY 2018. Applications should emphasize priorities for either a national water and wastewater infrastructure application assistance and project development program or a national apprenticeship/workforce development program. Applications are due by September 10, 2018.
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RUS: Announcement of Loan Application Procedures, and Deadlines for the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) Federal Register
Aug 6, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Services (RUS) is accepting loan applications for the Rural Energy Savings Program. Letters of Intent should be submitted by September 30, 2019 with the full loan application package should due 60 days from the date of a written RUS invitation to proceed.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA Invests $345.5 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure to Improve Service for More Than 1 Million Residential and Commercial Consumers in 14 States
Aug 6, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the investment of $345.5 million through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program to fund 20 infrastructure projects. These projects, aimed at improving rural electric service, are located in 14 states including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Microsoft Airband Project Gains Momentum, Grant Winners Will Use TV White Spaces Broadband
Aug 1, 2018 - Microsoft has awarded Airband grants to four U.S. startup companies in an effort to improve access to broadband service in rural areas. One of the winners is working to put health information technology in rural schools to improve the speed with which student-athletes can be assessed.
Source: Telecompetitor
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USDA Encourages Rural Communities, Water Districts to Apply for Loans to Improve, Rebuild Infrastructure; $4 Billion Available
Jul 31, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced up to $4 billion in funding available through its Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program to finance drinking water, storm water drainage, and waste disposal systems for rural communities with ten thousand or fewer residents. Eligible rural communities and water districts can apply online for funding to maintain, modernize, or build these systems through the interactive RD Apply tool or they can apply through one of the USDA Rural Development's state or field offices.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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