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.
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.
West Sacramento, Calif. — Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Loan Fund launched the Idaho State Revolving Fund – Household Septic System Program to provide low-interest loans and grants to Idaho homeowners to refurbish or replace individual septic systems.
West Sacramento, Calif. — In the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2017, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) closed 25 loans totaling more than $19 million to assist rural communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The loans will support a wide range of community development projects. For example, one loan will support a new mechanical wastewater treatment plant in Colorado; and another will support a rural Utah school’s expansion.
Utility rates were a hot topic at the recent Cathlamet Town Council meeting, which began with a workshop to discuss the town’s sewer system rates and finances.