Newsletter #27 for April 12, 2016
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Federal Funding Available for Tribal Projects Promoting Climate Change Adaptation

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will award $6.5 million to federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native communities for tribal climate adaptation, as well as ocean coastal management planning. Awards will be given to projects that address climate change impacts—including water supply and quality concerns—through vulnerability analysis, adaptation planning, supplementary monitoring for climate adaptation management, and youth internships and engagement. 

Funding is provided through the BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program. Proposals will be accepted until May 23, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. 

Click here for more information on the funding categories, eligibility requirements, and submission procedures. 

Events for Tribal Water Systems

Pumping and Pumping Systems 
April 19-21 | Dillingham, Alaska
Hosted by Indian Health Service

Designed as the follow-up course to "Electrical Controls for Utility Operators", this three-day course provides hands-on training in pumps and pumping system operation and repair. Click here for more information.

NAWMA Training
May 5 | Stoud, Oklahoma
Hosted by Native American Water Masters Association

This continuation of the Native American Water Masters Association training program will further expand on upcoming regulations as well as how to better manage your utilities. Topics covered include a small system regulations review, an RTCR review, budgeting, rates, and USDA RD program updates. | Click here for more information.

McEllhiney Lecture – Iron, Manganese, and Microorganisms
May 10,  2:00 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by Indian Health Service

Courtesy of the NGWA McEllhiney Lecture Series, Mr. Peter Cartwright, P.E., will be discussing treatment of ground water containing iron, manganese, and microorganisms. | Click here for more information.

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Featured Resource

Climate Change—What It Is and Why It's Important
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals 

This 64-slide presentation begins with a basic introduction to climate change and greenhouse gasses. From there, it goes on to briefly discuss climate change observations, including feedbacks, impacts, and extreme events. Finally, there is an overview of climate change projections, covering models, temperature & precipitation, extreme events, and impacts. 

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In the News

Native American Tribes Mobilize Against Proposed North Dakota Oil Pipeline 
Roughly 200 people from several Native American nations took to horseback earlier this month to protest the proposed construction of an oil pipeline that could lead to contamination of the Missouri River, the primary source of drinking water for the reservation. 

IGWA, tribes reach long-term water lease agreement
Idaho Ground Water Appropriations Inc. has agreed to lease 45,000 acre-feet of storage water over 5 years from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to help meet the requirements of a recent settlement agreement with the Surface Water Coalition. 

Hope Tribe Reclaimed Water Treatment Proposal Stalls with Flagstaff Council
A proposal between the Hope Tribe and City of Flagstaff to filter water used for making snow on San Francisco Peaks was tabled last month by the city council. 

Southwest Towns Still Struggle With Toxic River Spill
Spring snowmelt threatens to stir up contaminants in the Animas watershed six months after the Gold King Mine spill.  

And in not-quite-accurate, clickbait "news"....

Is the Water Safe in Indian Country? EPA Says It Often Doesn't Know
This article is attempting to discuss the issues tribes face in developing their own water quality standards under the Clean Water Act's provisions for "treatment as a state". What it misses, however, is that tribes without this authority are subject to the state's existing, EPA-approved standards... and that this particular discussion had nothing to do with drinking water. To address the challenges, EPA has proposed a rule that would streamline the application process for tribes.—formerly—is a free, grant-funded service 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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