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BLM's West-wide Wind Mapping Project Documents Posted & Comments Requested

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2014
Contact: 
Eddie Arreola, Supervisory Project-Manager, Bureau of Land Management; Jayme Lopez, Program Lead, National Renewable Energy Coordination Office

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the process of evaluating wind energy development potential and resource conflicts for development on public lands across 11 western states, excluding Alaska.  The West-wide Wind Mapping Project is a collaborative effort between the BLM and the DOE Argonne National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory to generate maps and geospatial data reflecting wind energy resources on the public lands and identify existing land use exclusions and other potential sensitive resources that may affect wind energy development opportunities.  A stakeholder outreach meeting was held in Denver, Colorado on September 16, 2014 to provide an opportunity for input on this effort.

Secretary Jewell Announces $436.9 Million in PILT Payments to Support Vital Services in Rural Communities

Posted Date: 
June 18, 2014
Contact: 
U.S. Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to rural communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that about 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving a total of $436.9 million under the 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. 

NACo Action Alert: New "Waters of the U.S." Definition Released, Counties Urged to Comment

Posted Date: 
April 23, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Counties are strongly encouraged to submit written comments on potential impacts of the proposed regulation to the Federal Register

On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly released a new proposed rule — Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act — that would amend the definition of "waters of the U.S." and potentially expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register, is open for public comment for 90 days, until July 21, 2014.

President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Bill

Posted Date: 
March 24, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner or Yejin Jang, Associate Legislative Directors, National Association of Counties

President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, H.R. 3370, March 21. It limits increases on flood insurance premiums and restores grandfathering.

NACo Discusses Federal Transportation Funding Crisis, Outlines Key County Priorities in MAP-21 Rewrite

Posted Date: 
March 14, 2014

On March 13, National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matt Chase participated in a bipartisan roundtable that focused on the pending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund and the expiration of the federal surface transportation bill, MAP-21.  The roundtable was led by U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).

Major Win for Counties: Flood Insurance Bill Clears Congress, Heads to President’s Desk

Posted Date: 
March 13, 2014

passing legislation that addresses concerns about rising flood insurance premiums across America.  The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3370) passed the Senate by a vote of 72-22.  The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives on March 4, now moves to the President’s desk for his signature. 

H.R. 3370 is in response to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12), signed into law in July of 2012, which aimed to make the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) more financially stable by reflecting true flood risks in communities. NACo and county leaders raised concerns that implementation of BW-12 resulted in some unintended consequences, including rapidly increasing flood insurance premiums in local communities.

NACo Action Alert on House Flood Insurance Bill

Posted Date: 
February 24, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner or Yejin Jang, Associate Legislative Directors, National Association of Counties

Urge Your U.S. House Members to Vote "YES" On the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, H.R. 3370 (as amended)

The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to begin debate this week on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3370, as amended).  Please urge your House Member to vote "yes" on the measure.

NACo Report Shines Light on U.S. Transportation Funding Challenges, Role of Counties

Posted Date: 
February 24, 2014
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager, National Association of Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal and state funding and financing for county-owned transportation infrastructure is increasingly inadequate, according to a new report released today by the National Association of Counties (NACo). The Road Ahead: County Transportation Funding and Financing provides an analysis of county transportation funding sources, challenges and solutions across the 48 states with county governments. The report focuses on roads and bridges owned and maintained by the nation’s counties and provides three case studies that allow a more in-depth view of the issues facing counties in funding safe and reliable transportation systems.

Counties Win Major Victories in Farm Bill

Posted Date: 
February 7, 2014
Contact: 
Arthur Scott, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

The five-year farm bill, signed into law Feb. 7, contains sev­eral critical county priorities including FY14 funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, reauthorization of vital programs within the rural development title.

Senate Sends Farm Bill with FY14 PILT Funding to the President’s Desk

Posted Date: 
February 5, 2014
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today voted 68-32 to send the five-year farm bill to the president’s desk where later this week it is expected to be signed it into law.  The House passed the conference report on Wednesday, Jan. 29 by a vote of 251-166.