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USDA Seeks Public Comment on New EQIP Rule


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 or by mailing them. Full...

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High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline


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


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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State Oil & Gas Regulations Designed to Protect Water Resources: 2014 Edition


The Ground Water Protection Council report is an update to our 2009 report and includes an overview of 2013 groundwater protection rules in 27 states that account for more than 98 percent of the country’s oil and gas production. In addition to the most up-to-date accounting of state regulatory activities, the report includes a series of items states might consider when evaluating and revising their rules and policies regarding hydraulic fracturing, chemical disclosure, storage and spill prevention.
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NETL Releases Analysis of Fracture Growth and Gas Migration associated with Use of Hydraulic Fracturing in Shale Formations


Today the DOE Office of Fossil Energy release of new analysis of the -- An Evaluation of Fracture Growth and Gas/Fluid Migration as Horizontal Marcellus Shale Gas Wells are Hydraulically Fractured in Greene County, Pennsylvania. This report documents the results from the first two years of a field study that monitored the induced fracturing of six horizontal Marcellus Shale gas wells in Greene County, PA, to evaluate fracture growth and...

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