Stormwater Management and Master Planning – Why It Matters to Planners

This article was originally published in the January 2020 edition of The Western Planner. As planners we often talk about creating a “Vision for the Future” for the regions and communities we serve. That vision may include elements of future land use, urban design, growth policies, housing, social justice, economic development, and the list goes … Read more Stormwater Management and Master Planning – Why It Matters to Planners

Money Down the Drain

Shifting climate patterns and periods of drought and excessive precipitation appear to becoming increasingly extreme, posing continual challenges such as physical setbacks in the agricultural industry and social challenges associated with extreme weather conditions. In the water industry, we find ourselves simultaneously working toward solutions to conditions of both too little water and too much … Read more Money Down the Drain

USDA Invests $192 Million in Rural Water Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $192 million in 71 rural water infrastructure projects across 29 states. The funding comes from the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Rural communities, water districts and other eligible entities can use the funds for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural … Read more USDA Invests $192 Million in Rural Water Infrastructure Projects

USEPA Announces $2.6 Billion in New Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently announced the availability of $2.6 billion in new funds to assist States, Tribes and territories with improving drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across the country. In 2019, USEPA is making available more than $1 billion in new Federal grant funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). This funding … Read more USEPA Announces $2.6 Billion in New Funding

LCCMR Funding Proposals Due April 15

The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has issued its 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) for funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund for projects that will provide multiple ecological and other public benefits. The RFP includes a category for projects under $200,000, especially from local units of government and non- profits, … Read more LCCMR Funding Proposals Due April 15

USEPA FY 2020 Budget Announced

The proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) provides $6.1 billion to support the mission of protecting human health and the environment. The budget proposal maintains USEPA’s focus on its core mission – providing Americans with clean air, land and water, and ensuring chemical safety. In addition, the proposed budget … Read more USEPA FY 2020 Budget Announced