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Week of June 6, 2011

1) EPA's Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Operation, Maintenance, and Management Training for Tribal Operators and Leaders

2) EPA-Supported Water Purification Eco-Center Demonstration Project to Launch this Month

3) Office of Water's Acting Assistant Administrator Blogs on Waters of the U.S.


1) EPA's Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Operation, Maintenance, and Management Training for Tribal Operators and Leaders

From June to October 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be sponsoring a series of in-person training workshops for federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Villages across the country to help increase participants' skills and knowledge in the operation of wastewater and drinking water treatment systems. The training is intended for water system operators, wastewater system operators, tribal utility managers, tribal council members and leaders involved with water utility management. While there is no registration fee for the workshops, there is a cap of 50 participants at each session, and tribes and Alaskan Native Villages that received 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds will be given registration priority. Travel, hotel, and per diem costs for attendees from tribal reservations may be covered by a participant's local Indian Health Service (IHS) Area office. Participants can contact their local IHS office for additional details. The first training workshop will be in Seattle, June 21-23, 2011. Registration is open until 24 hours prior to the workshop.

Early registration is encouraged. For more information, including how to register, please go to: http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/tribaltraining/tcourse7_2011.cfm. For questions about the training, please contact Leon Latino by e-mail at latino.leon@epa.gov or by phone at (202) 564-1997; or Matthew Richardson by e-mail at richardson.matthew@epa.gov or by phone at (202) 564-2947.

 

2) EPA-Supported Water Purification Eco-Center Demonstration Project to Launch this Month

On June 16, 2011, the Rodale Institute will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Water Purification Eco-Center located on its research farm in Kutztown, PA. The center, supported in part through a $695,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will serve as a model on-site wastewater treatment system. The system incorporates an experimental wetland-based treatment and reuse facility that captures rainwater and reuses it several times before returning it to the soil as clean water. The system, which serves as an alternative to standard septic and sand mound on-lot sewage systems, is scalable and can be used in sustainable landscapes for residential and small commercial entities. This project will help promote the adoption of wetlands-based residential and institutional wastewater treatment systems to help encourage homeowners and businesses to seek out more sustainable and water-efficient wastewater treatment options.

For additional information or to register to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, please visit the Rodale Institute website at: http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/water-purification-eco-center. For additional project information, please contact Bob Bastian, EPA Office of Wastewater Management, by phone at (202) 564-0677 or via e-mail at bastian.robert@epa.gov.

 

3) Office of Water's Acting Assistant Administrator Blogs on Waters of the U.S.

Acting Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water, Nancy Stoner, recently posted a blog on Waters of the U.S. In the blog, Ms. Stoner discusses her experience growing up near the water and EPA's work to protect the nation's waters by proposing a draft guidance that identifies waters protected by the Clean Water Act. To read the blog: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/06/02/waters-of-the-us/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Greenversations_main+%28U.S.+EPA%3A+Greenversations%29 For information on the draft guidance: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm

 


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