posted on December 03, 2013 09:22
RCAC seeks nominations for the 2014 Yoneo Ono Rural Volunteer Award. RCAC will accept nominations until April 13, 2014.
Many rural volunteers spend long, unpaid hours helping individuals and organizations in their communities. Yet, often their hard work results in requests for more assistance. Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) grants the Yoneo Ono award to reward and publicly recognize these outstanding rural volunteers.
The 2014 honoree will receive an award, a reception in his/her honor and $4,000 to donate to a charitable organization of her/his choice. RCAC hopes to encourage further rural volunteer activities by acknowledging the accomplishments of a select few. We need your help to identify an outstanding rural volunteer to receive this distinguished award.
If you know individuals who have these special qualities, and would like to see their hard work recognized, please complete the Yoneo Ono Award Nomination form by April 13, 2014. To review the nomination criteria and complete the form, visit RCAC’s website at http://www.rcac.org/yoneo-ono-call-for-nominations.
The award is the namesake of Yoneo Ono, one of RCAC’s founding fathers. During his lifetime, Ono worked tirelessly for rural development. For his lifelong commitment, RCAC honored Ono with an award when he retired from the RCACboard in 1984. Since then, the RCAC Board of Directors has presented the award to 28 other outstanding volunteers from 12 western states that also have made immense contributions to rural development. To read about past awardees, visit RCAC’s website at: http://www.rcac.org/yoneo-ono-awardees.
Founded in 1978, RCAC provides a wide range of community development services for rural and Native American communities, and community-based organizations in 13 Western states. RCAC has strong core services and expertise in housing, environmental infrastructure (water, wastewater and solid waste), leadership training, economic development and financing.
posted on November 22, 2013 04:00
US EPA's pollution prevention (P2) program is reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream. The program's audience crosses sectors, from the public to private, local to national.
Grant funding from this program established the Tribal P2 Pollution Prevention Network in 2003, based at Montana State University. With more than 250 participants, network members consist of environmental professionals from tribal entities, local, state and federal agencies, academia, and not-for-profit organizations around the nation.
The purpose of this post is not only to encourage tribes to join the network, but also to highlight the Tribal P2 website as a valuable and easy-to-access resource on a wide range of environmental health topics. For example, the Water: Keep it Clean topic area includes resources, collaborators, funding opportunities, events, and news articles.
Tribal P2 is conducting a need assessment for 2014, a chance to share the topics that are of concern to you! Click here to participate.
posted on November 21, 2013 10:07
What happens when an operator acts improperly? State drinking water program policies on operator discipline vary nationwide, says a new survey from the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC).
The NEIWPCC surveyed member states and worked with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) to reach additional state programs. The activity grew from a workgroup discussion and covered the range of the disciplinary process, from improper actions, to hearings, punitive action, appeals, and potential reinstatement.
Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington submitted surveys. Additionally, Illinois and Wyoming provided email responses. Click here to see the survey report.
posted on November 06, 2013 18:00
Many misconceptions still exist in the public sphere about what is actually flushable. Even if it will flush, that doesn't mean you should! A 15-ton "fatberg" in the London sewer system recently raised awareness about the problem of flushing things that shouldn't go down a drain, wet wipes in particular. These "flushable" products, advertised for adult use, are actually causing damage to sewers and treatment systems.
Last month the Water Environment Federation, along with the the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the American Public Works Association, agreed to work together to address this issue. The group will recommend labeling standards and best practices to reduce problems for wastewater systems.
While this group works to education the public from the product perspective, systems have an opportunity to keep educating customers about what not to flush. To get started, you might watch this video from WEF (below) or check out this helpful resource page from NACWA: http://www.nacwa.org/flushables.
Here's a list, from the City of Portland, of what not to flush or put down your sink:
- disposable diapers
- tampons and tampon applicators
- sanitary napkins
- cotton balls and swabs
- mini or maxi pads
- cleaning wipes of any kind
- facial tissue
- bandages and bandage wrappings
- automotive fluids
- paint, solvents, sealants and thinners
- poisons and hazardous waste
- cooking grease
Customers may not read every notice you publish. We recommend including this information in newsletters or as bill stuffers several times each year.