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Newsletter #28 for May 10, 2016
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Navajo Nation Awarded $5.7 Million for Water System Upgrades

Photo of Navajo Nation scene from Fox 5 San Diego
USDA Rural Development and Navajo Tribal Utility Authority officials last month announced the award of $5,730,000 in loan and grant money to upgrade the Ganado, Lower Greasewood, and Dilkon water systems, which serve a large swath of Navajo Nation land. Money will be used to drill new wells, replace old pipes, and build a new water treatment facility. 

The award is one of several announced across the country on Earth Day. 

Click here to learn more about the project. And for more information on grant, loan, and loan guarantee programs available for tribal utilities, visit our Tribal Assistance Providers

Events for Tribal Water Systems

Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance and Maintenance
May 17-19 | Billings, Montana
Hosted by Indian Health Service

This three-day course is designed to provide an overview of the Safe Drinking Water Act and to provide tools to maintain compliance. Topics will include the multi-barrier approach, total coliform rule, revised total coliform rule, groundwater rule, stage 2 disinfection by-products rule, long term 2 enhanced surface water treatment rule, lead and copper rule, disinfection methods, and cross connections. Click here for more information.

Where Am I Starting From? Understanding Your Water System's Electric Bill and The New Energy Usage Baseline Tool
June 8 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern 
Hosted by the Environmental Finance Center Network 

This webinar will help you to learn how to understand your electric bill(s) and their various components; how to compare different electricity rate schedules (if available from your electricity provider) as a means of looking for a more cost-saving, advantageous rate schedule (similar to shopping for the best cell phone plan you can find); and how to use the Environmental Finance Center’s new Energy Usage Baseline tool, an Excel-based tool to help you establish the baseline of electricity usage for your water system, and track the effectiveness of energy conservation measures across time that you adopt. | Click here for more information.

Wastewater Treatment – Level 2 Training and Exam
June 6-10 | Maricopa, Arizona
Hosted by Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Tribal Water Systems Program 

This intensive course is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of tribal wastewater system operators. Class registration and exam applications are due June 1 | Click here for more information.
 
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Featured Resource

USDA Rural Utilities Service Borrower's Guide: A How-To for Water and Wastewater Loans from USDA Rural Development 
Rural Community Assistance Partnership 

This 73-page handbook summarizes the managerial and financial requirements for communities that are receiving U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Services (RUS) loan funds for their water or wastewater utility. Focuses on the requirements for submitting management reports and financial statements and walks borrowers through the steps of completing the forms and submitting the reports and statements. Source page includes helpful downloadable forms and samples.  

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In the News


Tribe's Leader: Climate Change Threatens Water Supplies
In this Q&A, the chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians lays out the steps he thinks are needed to address global warming and prepare for its impacts. 

Ute Tribe Argues That Uranium Waste Threatens Water
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, along with the Grand Canyon Trust, released a video earlier this month arguing that Utah's White Mesa uranium mill puts local water sources at risk of contamination. 

High Court Won't Hear Crow Citizen's Water Rights Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request to review a Montana high court decision that approved a $460 million water rights settlement between the state, federal government, and Crow Nation. 

EPA Provides $600,000 for River Warning System
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has allocated an additional $600,000 for a real-time warning system that will alert local officials to pollution in the Animas and San Juan rivers. 
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