Although Congress and the White House have assured Americans of a plan to invest in drinking water pipes and sewage treatment plants, both rural and urban communities are for now relying on existing loans and grants. Meanwhile, drinking water costs are rising, albeit incrementally.
The Colorado River, which serves seven states in the American Southwest, will likely have a shortage of water by 2020 and the federal government has ordered the states to plan for drought conditions.
Groundwater is an essential resource around the world and researchers once believed it was almost limitless. But new research shows it may be scarcer than previously thought.
West Sacramento, Calif. — Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)’s Loan Fund received a $1 million 30-year low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. This loan, made through the department’s Intermediary Relending Program (IRP), will ensure that RCAC helps small high-need communities address their essential infrastructure needs.
On the Gallatin River near Bozeman, Montana, kayakers are contributing to a study on the impacts of microplastics on the pristine river, which feeds into the Missouri and then Mississippi rivers.