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Newsletter #26 for March 8, 2016
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Upcoming NAWMA Meetings

The Rural Community Assistance Corporation, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, and the United South and Eastern Tribe provide training and technical assistance through existing and newly-formed Native American Water Masters Associations. 

NAWMA meetings offer a forum for training and discussion on regulations, technologies, and issues facing tribal water utilities. Membership in this professional organization is free and open to anyone working with tribal owned and operated water utilities that meet U.S. EPA program guidelines.

For a complete list of NAWMA meeting dates and contact information, see the list on WaterOperator.org. Upcoming meetings include:

Take a Tour of WaterOperator.org

The free webinar to highlight the features of the new, mobile-friendly WaterOperator.org has been rescheduled for March 14 at 1:00 pm CST. The hour-long event will also give you a sneak peek at our program plans for the coming year. 

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Events for Tribal Water Systems

Grant Acquisition and Other Funding Opportunities
March 17, 2:00 p.m. Eastern 
Hosted by Native Learning Center

This presentation will give the participants an advantage over others who are competing for the same funds. We will discuss not only government funding opportunities, but also how philanthropically foundations which are a valuable asset to acquiring funds. Click here for more information.

Principles of GIS
March 21-24 | Ashland Wisconsin
Hosted by Bureau of Indian Affairs

This course covers the fundamental concepts and basic functions of GIS. Students will develop basic software skills by working with ArcGIS Desktop 10.2.2 to symbolize and create a basic map, work with different types of geographic data, create and edit vector data, and utilize basic analysis tools. Click here for more information.

Water Distribution
March 22 | Loleta, California
Hosted by Indian Health Service

This hands-on course teaches operators repair techniques and operating characteristics of common water and sewer equipment including valves, hydrants, piping, and pressure regulators. By working on actual utility equipment, operators are provided the skills to perform maintenance and repairs in an efficient, cost-effective manner. Click here for more information.
 
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Featured Resource

Drought Contingency Plan for Public Water Systems
Indian Health Service

This 36-page template can be used for a drought contingency plan for a tribal public water system. The template covers a broad list of sections and topics with the aim of being applicable for a majority of the water systems.

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In the News


Walker River Paiutes To Develop Tribal Water Quality Standards
The U.S. EPA has approved an application from the Walker River Pauite Tribe in Nevada to exercise their own authority under the Clean Water Act. 

Navajo President OKs Bill for Water, Sanitation Projects
The Navajo Nation will spend $180 million over five years on dozens of projects across the reservation designed in part to ensure communities have sufficient access to safe drinking water. About $65 million of that will go to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority as a loan. 

Settlement Research Over Rights to Animas River Water
After three years of negotiation, a district court judge has a approved a settlement that divides a large water right between the Animas-La Plata Project and the Southwestern Water Conservation District. The change makes it possible for the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes, as well as other stakeholders, to take direct diversions from the Animas River. 

Professors, Tribes Ask 9th Circuit to Affirm Groundwater Ruling  
Several tribal organizations and tribes are calling on the Ninth Circuit to uphold a California district court ruling that extended the rights of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to groundwater in the Coachella Valley. 

Montana Seeks $146K Repayment from Chippewa Cree
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the North Central Montana Regional Water Authority say they were overbilled for a pipe shipment connected with a project to bring safe drinking water to the Rocky Boy's Reservation. and 21 towns and rural water districts. 

Clark County To Tribe: Halt Work Tied to Casio Wastewater System
Officials in Clark County Washington have sent a "stop work" order to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for all activities related to the wastewater disposal system planned for its under-construction casino. Tribal Chairman Bill Iyall has responded by saying the county doesn't have jurisdiction over the reservation's proposed wastewater injection wells. 
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