Stan Keasling and Anita LaRan

Nominations sought for outstanding rural volunteer award

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) will accept nominations until April 14 for the 2016 Yoneo Ono Outstanding Rural Volunteer Award. The award honors rural people who have made significant lifelong contributions to their community in volunteer capacities. The 2016 honoree will receive an award, a reception in her or his honor and $2,500 to donate to a charitable organization of her or his choice. We need your help. Nominate an outstanding rural volunteer to receive this distinguished award. Nominate an outstanding rural volunteer today!

Family spotlight – Alex & Angela Anderson

Starting out as a young couple, Alex and Angela Anderson had much in common. They both came from small towns in Utah where their families knew each other. Despite saving to buy a house while living three years in a small apartment, they never hit their target unitl they participated in Southeastern Utah Association of Local Government’s self-help housing rehab program. Read more

Native American Tribe Gets Federal Funds to Flee Rising Seas

The sacred land in coastal Louisiana that a small community of Native Americans has called home for more than a century has been all but swallowed by the rising sea.

Now a $48 million federal grant will allow the band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians of Isle de Jean Charles to move away from their vanishing homes.

This story originally appeared in Inside Climate News. It is used with permission. Read more

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Despite Recovery, Prosperity Remains Out of Reach for Millions of American Families

2016 Scorecard shows steep uphill climb, especially for households of color. Read more


Conference and Workshop Calendar


Water Symposium: Distribution Operation & Maintenance Overview

Fortuna, CA
May 11, 2016 8:00AM-3:00pm

This symposium presents the wide aspects and varying operation of public water system distribution systems and proper management of this critical infrastructure. Register

Special Event: CalTap Fair

San Diego, CA
June 2, 2016 8:00AM-4:00PM

Join us and learn about the California Technical Assistance Providers (CalTAP) programs, funded by the California State Water Resources Control Board. Register


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