Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) has been helping communities and tribal nations find solutions to their infrastructure and development needs through information, resource management, expertise, and technical assistance since 1979. MAP provides solutions to rural communities and tribal nations each year in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Communities are revitalized through help from MAP which then strengthens the future and vitality of rural America.
New Resources for Water & Wastewater Operators!
Water and wastewater operators can now access thousands of tools and resources tailored to small community needs at WaterOperator.org. Originally launched in 2010 under the name SmallWaterSupply.org, the mobile-friendly web portal includes technical documents, links to training opportunities, information on tribal assistance providers and certification program resources.
For a closer look at website features and a sneak peek of programmatic plans for 2016, register for a free webinar on March 14 at 1 p.m. CDT.
New Private Wells Program Available
The Individual Well Program (IWP) is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency on a national scale to develop and utilize a new assessment tool and host educational workshops on how to identify potential well issues, including contamination threats. MAP will provide assistance and essential tools needed to protect and improve the water quality of wells in unregulated well owner communities. For more information about private wells, Click Here.
How Do We Get Clean, Safe Water?
Despite using and benefitting from drinking water and wastewater systems multiple times every day, most of us don't even think about or know how these systems work. It takes a lot, in terms of natural, human, financial and other resources, as well as physical, chemical and biological processes, to bring clean, safe drinking water to your home or to deal with the waste you produce from a toilet or washing machine. RCAP has created animated diagrams with short videos to explain some of what is required in treating water. The videos are meant to make non-operators more comfortable with the vocabulary and terms that a plant's operator uses and to help a utility's decision makers understand what is required to operate a dependable and sustainable water utility. Here is a link to RCAP's video channel on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/134849908
On-Site Wastewater Systems - Be Prepared for Winter. By: RJ Inskeep
To people living in colder climates and people new to rural living, on-site wastewater treatment systems can be a bit of a mystery. Most of the time the systems are not visible, and as long as the toilet flushes, everything is fine. On-site wastewater systems can freeze, partially and entirely, causing malfunctions. To continue reading, click here.
MAP's New TAP - Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas comes to Midwest Assistance Program as a Technical Assistance Provider (TAP), in North Dakota. She has a Master of Arts in Education degree from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of California Santa Barbara, has over 20 years of business experience, and 10 years of experience in education. Her experience in practical application of financial issues has jumpstarted her work in the small rural communities of North Dakota. Karen said, “I am already familiar with budgets, profit and loss statements, and some accounting. Having this experience gives me the skills to work effectively with each community.” Karen is also eager to learn the more technical aspects of the job.” Her manager, Pete Smith, said, “Karen has adapted well to her new role. She has an ability to see or hear things once, and adjust to get the job done. Her initial work has been great along with positive feedback from the communities and funders. The past experience she brings will allow her to be a great trainer for MAP in the years to come.” Being able to adapt or adjust to each communities needs is an essential quality of a successful TAP. MAP looks forward to the long lasting impacts Karen will have on the communities in North Dakota.
Upcoming Trainings in July & August
Water Sampling and Disinfection - 8/4/16 Grand Island, NE - For more information, contact Marty at 605-941-6516.
Operator Training - 8/9/16 St. Cloud, MN - For more information, contact Jason at 218-562-4322.
Surface Water Treatment Rule
One of our staff, Brian Day, was featured in the newest addition of A Drop of KnowledgeRCAP Publication talking about the Surface Water Treatment Rule. To read more, pleaseclick here.