The RCAP National Conference is an opportunity for technical assistance providers from across the country to gather together and discuss common challenges, issues and opportunities faced in rural communities.
Mark your calendars for RuralRise. Registration opens soon and will be held via Zoom. More information to come.
Jeffery Korman is a Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) with the Midwest Assistance Program (MAP), located in the state of Missouri primarily with water and wastewater. He has been employed with MAP for five years, as of July 2021. Prior to working with MAP, Jeff has had a long journey of being involved with water andRead More
By Claire Miller, Technical Assistance Provider, RCAC Income surveys are tools that funders use to determine a community’s median household income (MHI), which affects eligibility and favorability of terms for grant and loan packages. To ensure confidentiality, most funders require a third-party entity like the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the western RCAP, to conduct the survey. Income surveys usually happen in two phases: a paper survey mailed to rate payers’ homes, followedRead More
Eleisha K. Shelton, Rural Development Specialist, GLCAP Low-pressure systems operate like normal sewer systems. They take in the normal waste from a home and/or commercial building, but before transferring it straight to the treatment plant, it makes a stop through a grinder pump. A grinder pump is kind of like your garbage disposal. This high-powered pump can run by an “on/off” sensor level switch or a float system. Once the pump kicks on, it grinds up solids before pumping waste outRead More
Hi, my name is Coye, and my personal pronouns are He/Him and They/Them. It’s interesting seeing how this has become the norm for some of us when it comes to introducing ourselves, as this was something I never would have imagined as a child with roots in a rural Southern town of approximately 300 people.Read More
Leo Dion is a Senior Rural Development Specialist with RCAP’s Great Lakes partner, the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP), and has been employed with them for roughly six-and-a-half years. Prior to working at GLCAP, Leo was in the community and economic development sphere for about 15 years, including a Peace Corps stint in Turkmenistan.Read More
Kristina Hartley, Technical Assistance Program, Midwest Assistance Program In America, every state and territory is home to a regulatory agency with oversight and administrative authority over public drinking water systems. These state agencies are held to standards set by the federal government and charged with enforcement through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Consumers see their water purveyors as a trusted authorityRead More
Amy Pemberton is a Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) with RCAP’s Southeast partner, the Southeastern Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP), and has been employed with them for a little under a year. Her one year anniversary is coming up on June, 1! Prior to retiring last year in May, Amy worked with the Virginia Department ofRead More
Bill passed out of Senate on the heels of unanimous vote out of Environment and Public Works Committee (Washington, D.C.) – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) of 2021. RCAP and its regional partners thank Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for expeditiously bringing this important priority to theRead More
By Jean Holloway, Delaware and Maryland State Manager, SERCAP Small water and wastewater utilities face many challenges in structuring user rates that are fair and equitable to the customer and provide sufficient revenue for the utilities’ operations and future needs. Government and quasi-government owned systems are particularly prone to setting rates based on political expediency rather than on theRead More