Using GIS to Monitor the Impact of Illegal Dumping on Water Resources in Puerto Rico

February 4, 2020 | Blog

Edwin Vázquez-Asencio, MBA, Sustainable Materials Management Specialist, RCAP Solutions Illegal dumping sites riddle the island of Puerto Rico. Many sites where people have illegally disposed of, or "dumped," waste remain unidentified because of their remote nature. Often, these sites are…

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January Drop of Knowledge

January 7, 2020 | Asset Management, Blog

Five Core Questions to Answer for Effective Management of System Assets  By: Jean Holloway, SERCAP Asset management is more than simply “managing one’s assets.” Asset management goes beyond managing capital equipment (pumps, motors, etc.) and taking care of equipment. More accurately, asset management is a comprehensive, integrated process for maintaining system infrastructure assets and equipment for the most effective, least-cost allocation…

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Operator Record-Keeping Tips

December 10, 2019 | Blog

By: Tom Fulton, Senior Environmental Management Consultant, Communities Unlimited Do you have your flight plan ready? We can all visualize a trip to the airport and all it entails: going through security, waiting in the terminal, seeing whether your departure…

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Straight From The TAP – Stephanie Ross

December 2, 2019 | Blog, General RCAP News

Stephanie Ross is a Technical Assistance Provider with Midwest Assistance Program, RCAP's midwestern partner. Based out of Missouri, Stephanie has been with MAP since January of 2009. Before joining MAP, Stephanie was an Office Manager at Platte County Public Works…

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Wastewater vs. Floodwater

November 5, 2019 | Blog, General RCAP News, Wastewater

Derrick Lubbe, Technical Assistance Provider, Midwest Assistance Program Editor’s Note: The United States Midwest and South experienced unprecedented and prolonged flooding in 2019. According to data compiled by the New York Times, at least 11 states had applied for federal…

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Straight From the TAP – Michael Novac

November 4, 2019 | Blog, General RCAP News

Michael Novac is a Senior Rural Development Specialist with RCAP's partner, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP). Based out of Indiana, Michael has been part of the RCAP network for 18 years. Michael started his career in the water/wastewater industry…

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Maintenance of Grinder Pumps in Decentralized Wastewater Applications

October 11, 2019 | Blog, Wastewater

By: Roger Drews, Communities Unlimited Grinder pumps and their use in decentralized wastewater applications are very prevalent in the United States.  Individual sewer treatment systems’ (septic tanks) capabilities are expanded with pump systems that apply treated water to lawns, instead…

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How to Leverage Regional Collaboration for your Community

September 9, 2019 | Blog, General RCAP News, Regionalization

By Laura Landes and Sarah Buck With several mounting pressures that impact small water and wastewater systems’ sustainability, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership is committed to finding approaches for systems to continue to provide quality service to their communities – one of which is helping…

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Innovation in Rural America: It’s Not an Oxymoron

September 5, 2019 | Blog, Economic Development

By: Jessica Glendinning, Content Writer & Strategist, RuralRISE partner When someone mentions “rural” America, what’s the first thing you think of? Maybe it’s cattle, corn, and soy. Maybe it’s idyllic landscapes — mountain views, rushing rivers, and sunsets over an…

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Straight From The TAP – Katrina Hiott

August 5, 2019 | Blog, General RCAP News

Katrina Hiott is a Rural Development Specialist with Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), our Western RCAP.  She’s been with RCAC for one and a half years and is based out of Northern California.  Katrina Hiott (right) with fellow TAP, Mila…

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