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What: RCAP Webinar - Continuing to Serve: How to Recruit Retiring Military Personnel into the Water Sector

When: 2/18/21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Where: Virtual 

This webinar will discuss how skills learned in the military can be a good fit for the water sector and how the water sector’s mission, structure, and camaraderie can be a good fit for retiring military personnel.  MAP’s Monte Kerchal will share his experiences of making the shift from a military career into drinking water.  The webinar will also describe the process of how retiring military personnel find new jobs and will offer practical advice for water systems to get their job postings in the hands of veterans.

What: RCAP 2021 Fly-In

When: February 22-25, 2021

Where: Virtual

RCAP staff and rural community members from across the country will meet virtually with elected representatives and agency staffers to discuss issues facing rural America. Click here for more information, including the draft agenda.

RuralRISE Large

What: RuralRISE Mini-Summit

When: April 15, 2021

Where: Virtual

Mark your calendars for a mini-Summit focused on rural broadband. Registration opens March 1 and will be held via Zoom. You can view the agenda and sponsorship opportunities here.

RCAP national conference

What: RCAP 2021 National Conference

When: August 17-19, 2021

Where: Chicago, Illinois, or virtual

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. More information to come.




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Drop of Knowledge

Women Mentors, Big Vision, and #RuralMatters

By Coye Gerald | Mar 16, 2021

This is part of RCAP’s series to celebrate Women’s History Month and highlight the leadership and wisdom of the wonderful women who support this network Saturday morning breakfast was dedicated family time in our German household. One Saturday morning when I was fifteen, I wondered out loud between bites what I could do with my

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Water Loss Control

By Coye Gerald | Mar 11, 2021

AWWA: Water Loss ControlThe latest version of AWWA’s industry-standard free water audit software. Southwest Environmental Finance Center:  Water Loss SwitchboardA repository of documentation and tools related to measuring and addressing non-revenue water. Southwest Environmental Finance Center: The Water Audit Handbook for Small Drinking Water SystemsGuide to help small water systems prepare a water audit using

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Veterans Working in Water

By Coye Gerald | Mar 11, 2021

EPA: Water Workforce Veteran Promotion Tips for water and wastewater utilities considering hiring veterans and promote interagency activities to improve career opportunities for disabled Veterans in the water sector. EPA: Guide for Applying Military Occupational Specialties (M.O.S.) to Civilian Drinking Water and Wastewater Operations Guide highlighting relevant MOSs and tips for water and wastewater utilities

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Keeping it Simple to Treat Wastewater Lagoons

By Coye Gerald | Mar 2, 2021

By Aubrey Neussendorfer, Technical Assistance Provider, Midwest Assistance Partnership (MAP) Small communities with limited budgets need to be especially creative to solve issues within their wastewater systems. Innovative and affordable solutions help communities treat their wastewater systems without compromising their budgets. These alternative methods, like using Dawn dish soap to aid in the treatment of fats, oils, and greases (FOG) or using barley straw bales in lagoons for treating

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LaMonte Guillory’s Story

By Coye Gerald | Feb 26, 2021

Imagine, for the moment, the world’s information highway, an always-changing, fast-moving, and remarkably noisy freeway of all things communications. It’s a complex ecosystem with a broad universe of disciplines in the communications toolbox. With Public relations, advertising, and marketing merging onto the social, digital, radio, print, and broadcast media speedway. An electric race where everyone

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Straight from the TAP – Katrina Hiott

By Coye Gerald | Feb 24, 2021

Katrina Hiott is a Rural Development Specialist II in Northern California with RCAP’s western partner, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC). She has been employed with RCAC for three years. Prior to working with RCAC and the water industry, Katrina pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Science at UC Davis, worked on the Eastern Shore

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RCAP Honors U.S. Representative Bishop with 2021 Congressional Champion Award

By Coye Gerald | Feb 24, 2021

RCAP gives network partner organizations the chance to recognize a member of Congress from their service territory who are exceptional allies of the RCAP Network and rural communities across the United States  Washington, DC (February 24, 2021) — The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Inc. and its national network of six regional partners honors U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2) with a 2021 Congressional Champion Award for his outstanding

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RCAP Honors U.S. Senator Grassley with 2021 Congressional Champion Award

By Coye Gerald | Feb 24, 2021

Washington, DC (February 23, 2021) — The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Inc. and its national network of six regional partners honors U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) with a 2021 Congressional Champion Award for his outstanding service, dedication, and tireless advocacy on behalf of rural communities and small towns across the nation.   Established in 2019, RCAP’s bipartisan congressional awards are given to policymakers who have gone above

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Cybersecurity – Are You Prepared?

By Coye Gerald | Feb 17, 2021

By now, many of you have heard of the cyber attack on the water treatment facility in the City of Oldsmar, FL on February 5, 2021.  You can view the city’s press conference at The event consisted of unauthorized remote access to the utility’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system where an intruder

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