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New USGS Reports Describe Groundwater Vulnerability to Contamination

01-21-2015

New USGS Reports Describe Groundwater Vulnerability to Contamination
 
One in every five samples of groundwater used as a source for drinking contains at least one contaminant at a level of concern for human health, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.
 
About 115 million people—more than one-third of the Nation’s population—rely on groundwater for drinking water, and the need for high-quality drinking-water supplies is becoming more urgent as the Nation’s population...

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EPA will propose new ground water standards at facilities that extract uranium using the in-situ recovery (ISR) process.

01-16-2015

EPA will propose new ground water standards at facilities that extract uranium using the in-situ recovery (ISR) process.
 
On December 31, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed a proposed rule to strengthen the “Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings,” (40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 192 or 40 CFR 192) by adding new ground water protection standards for in-situ recovery (ISR) of uranium. The proposed standards apply to byproduct materials produced by...

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USDA Seeks Public Comment on New EQIP Rule

01-15-2015

USDA Seeks Public Comment on New EQIP Rule‏
 
On December 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This interim rule with request for comment amends the existing Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) regulation to incorporate programmatic changes as authorized by amendments in the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA has established a 60-day comment period for the rule. Comments are due by Feb. 10, 2015 and can be submitted through regulations.gov or by mailing them. Full...

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High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline

01-12-2015

High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline
 
The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2013, and 2011 to 2013.
“The measurements made from 2011 to 2013 represent a large decline,” said Virginia McGuire, USGS scientist and lead author of the study. “...

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CWA-SDWA Coordination Toolkit

11-17-2014

GWPC is pleased to announce the availability of Opportunities to Protect Drinking Water and Advance Watershed Goals Through the Clean Water Act: A Toolkit for State, Interstate, Tribal and Federal Water Program Managers.” This Toolkit is designed to enable state and EPA water quality practitioners to better protect drinking water supplies using regulatory and non-regulatory provisions of the Clean Water Act and achieve mutual goals – better protected sources of drinking water and improved water quality.  
 
The Toolkit is the result of a multi-year...

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