Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020

Rural investment

USDA commits $462M to modernize infrastructure

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The Trump administration announced that the USDA is investing $462 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. “Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small towns and cities,” Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said.


Projecting the future trade of virtual water

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

In the future, countries without enough water might find a solution in the global agriculture trade. Crops require water to grow. By importing water-intensive crops, countries essentially bring in a natural resource in the form of virtual water. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists have projected that the volume of virtual water traded globally could triple by the end of the century.


Scientists solve mystery of how water ‘grows’


From the creation of a single droplet to the flow of a river and the world’s hydrological cycle, how water binds together, and to different surfaces, has far-reaching consequences. Examining water through a new lens, scientists have redefined how this effect works on a molecular level. “Looking at this important question in a new way, and at the nanoscale, has really solved a longstanding mystery in how water binds to minerals,” said Professor Jean-François Boily.