2013 North Central Region Utility Rate Survey Ready for Delivery

The thirteenth annual edition of AE2S’ annual water, wastewater, and stormwater utility rate survey is being prepared for release to survey participants. We’d like to thank those that participated, and are pleased to report that 115 systems serving greater than 5,000 people, 90 systems serving less than 5,000 people, and 36 regional water systems took … Read more

Partnership to Build America Act Would Create Infrastructure Fund

The recent bridge collapse in Washington state is drawing some much needed attention to the United States’ aging infrastructure problem. In response to the nation’s growing concerns, a bipartisan group of U.S. Congressional delegates has co-sponsored legislation called “The Partnership to Build America Act.” The legislation would finance the rebuilding of our country’s water, transportation, … Read more

U.S. House to Consider WIFIA Legislation

The U.S. House is expected to consider the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2013 very soon. The U.S. Senate passed the WRDA legislation in May, which includes the creation of a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA) pilot program. The House is expected to consider WRDA in the late summer or early fall. … Read more

SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources Grants Available

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting applications through October 1, 2013 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants. In a news release, DENR officials said there will be approximately $2 million available for South Dakota projects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) … Read more

USDA Grants to Boost Rural Economy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is still accepting applications from qualified non-profit and public organizations, or “intermediaries,” to provide loans to support rural businesses and community development groups. The USDA’s Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) is intended to spark business expansion and create jobs. The loans assist with financing business and economic development activity to … Read more