Newsletter #22 for October/November 2015
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EPA Seeking Water Systems for Climate Resiliency Case Studies

EPA's Water Security Division is looking for 8-10 more water utilities to use the new version 3.0 Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) for conducting climate change risk assessments and identifying adaptation options starting this fall. To date, they have been working with approximately 23 water utilities across the US and hope to select these additional systems based on geographic, size, and climate challenge diversity.

EPA is seeking communities that are prepared to show a high level of commitment and engagement in the project for a period of up to three years. Full participation requires that communities continue the program upon completion of the initial assessment, including the identification of specific adaptation options to implement and a self-guided re-assessment using CREAT.

Please email both Steve Fries of EPA at and Catherine Foley of CSC at by October 27 if you are interested in participating.

Events for Tribal Water Systems

National Tribal GIS Conference
November 16-20, 2015 | Albuquerque, NM
Hosted by Tribal GIS

The principle goal of the Tribal GIS annual conference is to exchange information through interdisciplinary dialogues among conference participants who represent industry, academia, and federal agencies.Click here for more information.

Leadership & Administrative Skills for Tribal Professionals
November 30 - December 6, 2015 | online
Hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

This training provides environmental professionals with tribally specific tools and resources to effectively implement their strategic plan by successfully managing and sustaining assets, grants, and personnel.Click here for more information.
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Featured Resource

Before You Seek a Grant
via Native Learning Center

This 43-slide presentation is intended to help tribal nonprofits diagnose their organization’s potential for success and readiness to seek grant and foundation funding. It reviews building an organization and defining your mission, and starting a nonprofit organization, and from there goes on to discuss characteristics of successful nonprofit organizations, key elements of an effective nonprofit, and gearing up to grant seeking.

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In the News

Lawmakers, Tribal Officials Blast EPA for Animas River Spill Response
Navajo Nation President Russel Begaye testified during House and Senate oversite committees last month that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of the Aug. 5 toxic spill in the Animas River left the Nation feeling abandoned and hopeless. 

Tribal Elder Brings Water History to Life for Students 
Students at University of California Berkeley are learning about the history of water use in the Owens and Hetch Hetchy valleys with help from Harry Williams, a Bishop Pauite elder known and Native water activist. It’s all part of the “Water in the West” spring course launched four years ago. 

Wastewater Treatment Finds Tribal Support
The Elk Valley Rancheria tribe has agreed to contribute excess grant money from the Indian Health Services to California’s Del Norte County and Crescent City for a project designed to improve water treatment in the city’s urban area. In exchange, the Tribe will receive credit on future service charges for their own projects.

Tribes Eye Leaving Klamath Basin Deals
The Yurok Tribe, California’s largest Indian Tribe, announced last month that they will withdraw from a series of agreements stalled in Congress that would restore salmon habitat, improve water quality, provide farmers and ranchers more concrete assurances on irrigation expectations, and increase flows into the Upper Klamath Lake. The Karuk Tribe has also said that they will withdraw from the Kalamath Basin agreements if Congress doesn’t act by the end of the year.

Cochiti Pueblo Partner with EPA on Water Issues with Green Infrastructure
The Cochiti Pueblo of New Mexico are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement green infrastructure projects that will mitigate flooding, enhance drainage, and improve drinking water systems. is a free service, grant-funded to support small community water and wastewater operators with comprehensive resources and information in one easy-to-use place. We also serve the 800+ training, primacy, and technical service organizations, by helping operators get to their information. We aren't buying, selling, or advertising anything. You can call us at 1-866-522-2681 if you need assistance.

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What utilities and regulators need to know about direct potable reuse
A landmark report provides guidance on the key components of a DPR program and helps decision makers understand the role DPR can play in their communities. 

Water Utility Climate Adaptation Planning (VIDEO) 
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Tips to help utilities get the water rates they need 
Learn how to build a successful rate communication strategy. 

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Laying the foundation for a successful rate approval process
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