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Africa’s First Water Fund Launched in Kenya

On March 20, the Kenya government along with businesses, conservation groups, and utilities launched Africa’s first water fund. The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund is designed to provide a sustained water supply to more than 9.3 million people and to generate US$21.5 million in long-term benefits for Kenyan businesses and citizens, including farmers. This landmark initiative […]

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Applications for USDA Conservation Easement Program Due May 15

On March 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Private landowners, tribes, and eligible entities are encouraged to apply with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by May 15. The goal of the program is to provide long-term protection of […]

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California Issues Mandatory Water Reductions as Drought Deepens

On April 1, following the lowest snowpack ever recorded in California and with no end to the drought in sight, Gov. Edmund Brown announced the first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions. According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration satellites, as reported in the Los Angeles Times, California has just one year of water supply in its […]

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Comment Period Open on USDA Program To Protect Agricultural Lands and Wetlands

On Feb. 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is accepting public comments until April 28 on an interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The program is designed to help producers protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. The 2014 Farm Bill consolidated three previous conservation easement programs […]

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China Aims to Improve Water Quality of Critical Rivers

Three decades of rapid development have taken their toll on the China’s water quality. However, on Nov. 19, China’s National Development and Reform Commission released the National Ecological Protection and Construction Plan 2013–2020 calling for increased efforts to improve water quality and erosion control in 80% of the country’s most polluted rivers, as well as […]

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NRDC Reports Help Communities Tackle Climate Resilience and Clean Water Act Compliance

In July, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released two water-related reports. The first highlights State Revolving Funds as a climate resiliency opportunity. The issue paper “Using State Revolving Funds to Build Climate-Resilient Communities” explains how Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) can better support and incorporate measures to make communities more […]

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SEMCOG Adopts Green Infrastructure Vision

On April 3, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) announced that its general assembly adopted the Green Infrastructure Vision for Southeast Michigan. The vision ties together components of the region’s green infrastructure into an identified system and, for the first time, benchmarks existing green infrastructure, lays out a future vision, and provides policy recommendations […]

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William Penn Foundation Invests $35 Million in Delaware River Watershed Initiative

The Delaware River watershed covers more than 34,965 km2 (13,500-mi2) in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. On April 1, the William Penn Foundation awarded $35 million in grants, launching a multi-year initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking water for 15 million people, many in major cities. More than 40 national […]

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Draft Chinese Water Plan Focuses on Water Conservation and Pollution Controls

China will focus on water quality, preserving the health of aquatic ecosystems, and protecting drinking water based on a draft Water Pollution Prevention Plan released by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection in February, Bloomberg BNA reports. China Environmental News indicated that US$329 billion (2 trillion yuan) could be spent implementing measures to improve industrial and […]

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China Proposes Ecological Red Line System

In December, China’s State Council announced plans to protect natural resources and decrease pollution by focusing on ecologically fragile areas. The council proposed the establishment of ecological red lines, which would designate areas to be protected from further development. The term red line refers to a baseline that must be maintained to improve ecosystem functions. […]

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