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2018-11-12Virginia DEQ Award $3 Million to Localities to Improve Water Quality
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has awarded more than $3 million in funding to localities to improve water quality across the state. This funding is dedicated to projects that will help reduce pollution related to stormwater, precipitation, atmospheric deposition, drainage, seepage or hydrologic modification, also known as nonpoint source pollution. Funding recipients include municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, and other organizations that will implement projects designed to prevent and control NPS pollution. Available through the federal Clean Water Act's Section 319, the funding will improve water quality through best management practices designed to reduce impacts on local streams and watersheds. DEQ is the commonwealth's lead agency for implementing NPS pollution control programs and disburses federal, state and non-profit grant funds. [ full text ]

2018-11-12EPA Recognizes Excellence and Innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. Honored projects include large wastewater infrastructure projects to small decentralized and agriculture projects. “The Clean Water State Revolving Fund plays an integral role in advancing the President’s infrastructure agenda, providing communities with low-interest loans so that they can modernize aging infrastructure, create local jobs, and better protect public health and the environment,” said EPA Office of Water Assistant Administrator Dave Ross. “The scale and complexity of the 2018 PISCES recognized projects represent the determination, coordination, and creativity our partners put forth to achieve their water quality goals.” [ full text ]

2018-11-12DOE Launches Water Security Grand Challenge
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the launch of the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. “Through this Grand Challenge, we will advance technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure and affordable water,” said Secretary Perry. “We’ll call on the power of competition to spur innovation, draw on the strengths of our partners and stakeholders, and tap into the expertise and world-class capabilities of DOE’s 17 National Labs.” [ full text ]