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RCAC receives $13.67 million to support self-help housing activities

West Sacramento, Calif. — Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) has received $13.67 million over five years in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD) funding through the USDA RD Mutual Self-Help Housing Program to support single-family home construction and to help prepare rural residents for homeownership. The contract will support RCAC’s work with nonprofit organizations, housing authorities and tribal housing authorities to develop affordable housing in the rural West.

New Mexico oil boom may threaten water

The prospect of shale oil pockets in southeastern New Mexico has made the region an up-and-coming boom area, with barrels of oil suspected to be on par with production in Texas and North Dakota. But experts caution that the risk to water supplies in New Mexico is far greater there than anywhere else.

California’s Inland Empire leads the state’s increased employment opportunities

California’s tech regions have shown strong job gains in recent years, but a new report highlights the state’s more rural regions as leading job growth. According to the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast, California’s Inland Empire and San Joaquin Valley, along with Sacramento, are outpacing the San Francisco Bay Area in posting job gains.

Court broadens reach of federal Clean Water Act to include groundwater

In a recent case the appeals court ruled that, while state law governs groundwater use, if wastewater passes through it on its way to the ocean, rivers or lakes, it is regulated by the Clean Water Act. The February 1 ruling, issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, reflects uncertainty as to how extensive the Clean Water Act should be.