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Rural Home (5)

What: Rural Homecoming

When: Fall 2020

Where: Rural Communities

An annual event held occurring in mid-October, Rural Homecoming is an opportunity for rural communities to participate in a national celebration, and to invite their friends and family to celebrate what makes rural so special. An updated toolkit will be made available soon with virtual options to participate in Rural Homecoming.


What: RCAP Webinar - Wastewater Collection Systems Basics (1.5 Hours)

When: 12/15/20, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Where: Virtual 

Please plan to attend this 1.5-hour webinar featuring 3 presentations from technical assistance providers working with communities. This webinar will review wastewater collection system basics including operation and maintenance, methods to check for inflow and infiltration, and best management practices for these systems. A certificate of attendance will be issued to webinar participants for 1.5 hours (generated for active participation via GoToWebinar).

1. “Collection System Basics” by Pablo Figueroa, Regional Environmental Manager (Arizona), and Jason Carman, Rural Development Specialist (Oregon), Regional RCAC (Rural Community Assistance Corporation):
"Basic operation of wastewater collection systems including gravity design, scouring velocity, jetting/rodding, and lift station maintenance."

2. “Attacking I&I - Smoke Testing in a Connected World" by Joe Lawrie, Senior Rural Development Specialist (Ohio), GLCAP (Great Lakes Community Action Partnership):
"Brief review of methods to check for I&I (inflow & infiltration) with a case-study of the smoke testing methodology used with map-centric data collection and report generation."

3. “Collection System Best Management Practices” by Cesario Vela, Community Environmental Management Specialist (Texas), CU (Communities Unlimited):
"Summary of best management practices for wastewater collection systems including sewer mapping, hydraulic modeling, flow and rainfall monitoring, fats, oil, and grease (FOG) program, collection system maintenance program, sewer system condition assessment and rehabilitation program, and contingency and emergency response plans."

What: RCAP Webinar - Drinking Water Compliance - Maintaining Operations During the Pandemic

When: 1/11/21, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Where: Virtual 

This webinar would discuss experiences in addressing COVID at small water systems and assistance available to maintain operations. Speakers will address: Resources for operators, modifying operations to improve operator safety, obtaining personnel protective equipment, challenges in obtaining a certified operator, and a small business toolkit to take advantage of COVID relief programs.

What: RCAP Webinar - Maintaining Water Service: How to Identify Risks and Respond to Emergencies

When: 1/26/21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Where: Virtual 

As the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us, drinking water utilities face unexpected events that can threaten to disrupt water service. While we cannot prevent natural disasters and emergencies from occurring, utilities can act to lessen their impact and to keep the water flowing. This webinar will describe how you can assess the risks your utility faces from both natural disasters and man-made threats. The webinar will explain what steps you can take to mitigate these potential threats. The webinar will also summarize how to establish strategies, plans, and procedures to respond to an incident when it occurs. Under America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, all water systems serving 3,300 people or more are required to complete these Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans in 2021. The webinar will identify free templates and resources developed by RCAP and by EPA that you can use to complete these requirements, and RCAP staff will share their experiences of working with communities on emergency response.

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.

RCAP national conference

What: RCAP 2021 National Conference

When: August 16-19, 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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By Kinsey Brown | Nov 5, 2020

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Obtaining Infrastructure Funding Resources

By Kinsey Brown | Nov 5, 2020

USDA Rural Utilities Service Borrower’s Guide: A How-to for Water and Wastewater Loans from USDA Rural Development Getting Your Project to Flow Smoothly: A Guide to Developing Water and Wastewater Infrastructure How does the Federal Budget Impact Rural Utilities? RCAC: Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services: A Planning and Resource Guide

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Board and Elected Official Roles, Responsibilities & Policy Development Resources

By Kinsey Brown | Nov 5, 2020

Big Guide for Small Systems A Drop of Knowledge: The Non-operator’s Guide to Drinking Water Systems Board Building Blocks Supplying Community Water The Importance of an Operator in a Community’s Water Systems

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Regionalization/Partnership Resources

By Kinsey Brown | Nov 5, 2020

RCAP Report Resiliency Through Water and Wastewater System Partnerships: 10 Lessons from Community Leaders Regionalization One-pager Benefits of Regionalization Affordability and Capacity Issues of Small Water and Wastewater Systems: A Case for Regionalization of Small Systems A Drop of Knowledge: Partnering by Example A Drop of Knowledge: How to Leverage Regional Collaboration

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Rate Setting & Financial Management

By Kinsey Brown | Nov 5, 2020

Understanding and Improving your Water System’s Bill Collection Rate RCAP Webinar Formulate Great Rates Guidebook Formulate Great Rates: A Webcast on Setting Rates in Small-Community Utilities (Part 1) Formulate Great Rates: A Webcast on Setting Rates in Small-Community Utilities (Part 2) Rate Guide Supplemental Materials (Excel) Basics of Financial Management Guidebook

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Asset Management Resources

By Kinsey Brown | Nov 5, 2020

Big Guide for Small Systems Asset Life Expectancy Guide EPA: Check-Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) Asset Management Tool EPA: Asset Management Resources for States and Small Drinking Water Systems Southwest Environmental Finance Center: Asset Management Switchboard AWWA: Planning for Rehabilitation, Renewal and Replacement &nbs

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Sustainable Utility Management Resources

By Kinsey Brown | Nov 5, 2020

Big Guide for Small Systems A Drop of Knowledge: Five Core Questions to Answer for Effective Management of System Assets EPA: Effective Water Utility Management Practices EPA: Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Water and Wastewater Utility Management Water EUM: Ten Attributes of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities EPA:

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November Drop of Knowledge

By Kinsey Brown | Nov 2, 2020

Partnering by Example By: Zach Green, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) As we all know, COVID-19 has put us in some tough spots throughout the course of 2020.  However, it is during these trying times that some outside of the box thinking can lead to some real, tangible gains.  Prior to COVID-19, the U.S.

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Straight from the TAP – Shelly Underwood

By Coye Gerald | Oct 28, 2020

Shelly Underwood is a Technical Assistance Provider for the Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) in Kansas. She has been with the organization for 2.5 years, starting in 2018. Prior to MAP, Shelly spent 8+ years as a City Clerk for a rural community in Southeast Kansas. While working as City Clerk, she obtained her class 1

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