Senate Bill Would Create New Grant Program for Water Infrastructure Projects

U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-Nevada), Barbara Boxer (D-California), and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) introduced a bill that would create a new grant program to repair or replace the country‚Äôs aging water infrastructure. The legislation, S. 741, The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act (WIRS), directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to establish a program to … Read more

ACEC Lobbies for P3 Pilot Program

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is lobbying Congress to support funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Public-Private Partnership (P3) Pilot Program. The P3 program was authorized in 2014 as part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The goal of the P3 program is to demonstrate the effectiveness … Read more

Proposals Due May 11 for $46.3M from MN Lottery

The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources is accepting proposals through May 11 for grants from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, which is funded by Minnesota Lottery and investment proceeds. The commission expects that $46.3 million will be available for projects that start in July 2016. The commission is responsible for making funding recommendations … Read more

$332M USDA Grants to Protect Wetlands

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept ACEP applications to protect the nation’s critical wetlands and grasslands. The funding can also be used to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in … Read more