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Newsletter #24 for January 12, 2016
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Online Resources for Tribal Operators Get a New Home

Tribal water and wastewater operators can now access thousands of tools and resources tailored to tribal and small community needs at WaterOperator.org. Originally launched in 2010 under the name SmallWaterSupply.org, the mobile-friendly web portal includes technical documents, links to training opportunities, information on tribal assistance providers and certificate program resources. 

Events for Tribal Water Systems


The OMB Uniform Guidance: Why It Matters to Tribal Governments
January 13, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc. 

To help tribes comply with the OMB Uniform Guidance, this webinar hosted in partnership with NAFOA will share important knowledge on numerous provisions of the guidance that affect tribal government finance. Click here for more information.

Money & More!: MATIC Tribal Resources Forum for Arizona Tribes and Tribal Organizations
January 20 | Phoenix, Arizona
Hosted by HUD Southwest Office of Native Programs

Attendees will have a unique opportunity to learn about the various funding and other assistance available for tribal development projects. Representatives from more than 25 agencies and organizations will be on hand to answer questions and share information about the numerous resources available to Indian Tribes and Native American communities. | Click here for more information.

General Module Training and Very Small Water System Exam
February 1 | Gardnerville, Nevada 
Hosted by Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc./Tribal Water Systems Program

The General Module provides a solid foundation of understanding of the principles of electricity, hydraulics, water and wastewater systems, basic math, and federal regulations. This training is highly recommended for those who endeavor to apply for Level 1 water or wastewater operator certification. | Click here for more information.
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Featured Resource

Prestressed Storage Tanks 
Indian Health Service

This 122-slide presentation discusses the design, construction, inspection, rehabilitation, and retrofitting of prestressed concrete water storage tanks. Also includes a brief section on the use of prestressed concrete tanks for wastewater storage. 

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In the News

Reno-area water deal declared fully implemented
The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District's decision to drop its legal challenges of the Truckee River Operating Agreement has paved the way for the resolution to be fully implemented roughly eight years after it was signed.  

Arizona Tribe Looks To Water Market To Revive Economy, Cultural Heritage
The Gila River Indian Community has partnered with the Salt River Project utility to sell water credits earned by allowing Colorado River water to percolate into the ground. Tribal officials intend to use the revenue to build and expand irrigation infrastructure across the reservation. 

Montana Supreme Court Upholds Crow Water Agreement
Montana's Supreme Court upheld the terms of a water compact authorizing federal officials to spend $460 million to construct a water system for the Crow Indiana Tribe and improve irrigation systems on its reservation. 

Klamath Basin: Water pact crumbles in Congress after years of work
Key portions of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement expired January 1st after Congress failed once again to pass legislation implementing it and its associated pacts. 
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