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  • 04
  • August
  • 2015

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SWIFT Funds Start Flowing

Last week, the Texas Water Development Board awarded $3.9 billion for water infrastructure projects as part of the inaugural round of loans from the State Water Implementation Fund (SWIFT). Twenty-one state entities will receive financial assistance for thirty-two projects identified as recommended water strategies the 2012 State Water Plan. 

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Texas Legislature Authorizes New Public-Private Partnership Center

Legislation passed by the Texas Legislature may catalyze more private investment in water infrastructure across the Lone Star State. House Bill 2475, signed into law by Governor Abbott on June 19, establishes a new “center for alternative finance and procurement” that will assist government entities in selecting public-private partnership projects for nearly any type of public infrastructure. The law will take effect on September 1, 2015.

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  • 30
  • June
  • 2015

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Supreme Court Grants Review in Interstate Groundwater Dispute

Water wars will return to the Supreme Court next term, this time in a lawsuit brought by the State of Mississippi against the State of Tennessee. On Monday, June 29, the Court agreed to review a claim by Mississippi that the City of Memphis and its water utility, backed by the state of Tennessee, are illegally pumping water from the Sparta-Memphis Aquifer on Mississippi’s side of the state line.

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  • 22
  • January
  • 2015

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Despite Reluctance in Some Regions, EPA Eager to Use State Revolving Loan Funds for Nonpoint Sources of Water Pollution

Since 1988, only $4.3 billion, or just over 4 percent, of total Clean Water State Revolving Loan Funds (CWSRF) has been used to address nonpoint sources of water pollution, such as stormwater runoff from urban areas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is eager for states and municipalities to take advantage of these funds for such projects. 

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  • 26
  • September
  • 2014

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New Studies Show No Link Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Groundwater Contamination

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found no evidence that fracturing shale causes groundwater contamination. A team of researchers from Ohio State University, Duke University, and the University of Rochester analyzed hydrocarbon and noble gas isotopes in groundwater near the Marcellus and Barnett shale formations to trace the source of 133 reported cases of contamination.

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