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Newsletter #107 for January 23, 2013

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Additional NAWMA Meeting Locations

Last week we sent out the January edition of the Tribal Utility News email newsletter. Since that message was broadcast, additional locations for the upcoming Native American Water Masters Association meetings have been announced - and we didn't want to wait until the February email to share with those who may need to make regional travel plans.

To recap, a series of three upcoming meetings of regional NAWMA groups feature training (and certificates!) on utility management best practices, including all the fun financial stuff too! Here is the current full list of locations for the first event on February 20, 2013:
* Flagstaff, AZ
* Scottsdale, AZ
* Fresno, CA
* Valley Center, CA
* Great Falls, MT
* Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
* Fort Pierre, SD

Click here for local information and registration. Additional locations in Nevada and Oklahoma are expected to be announced soon.

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This video introduces the Native American Water Masters Associations and shares first-person perspective from tribal operators who belong. Tribal Utility Governance (TUG) trainings will be delivered at NAWMA meetings this spring.


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Weekly Reading for January 23, 2013

Each week we share a collection of our favorite links we know you'll love too!

A Practical Way of Thinking about Sustainability - Asset management plans are a practical reminder of how we can strive towards our own sustainability by saving and planning right now.
Nearly 600 counties designated as 'disaster areas' in 2013 due to drought - The USDA classified 597 counties in 14 states as disaster areas in the first weeks of 2013 due to drought and high heat.
Federal agencies to improve coordination of information on pharmaceuticals in drinking water - Under a new agreement, federal agencies will share scientific data and information and coordinate potential future research on the presence of pharmaceuticals in drinking water
Keep Your Septic System in Super Shape - Helpful septic tips (great to share with your customers) for the climax of football season.
Proposals invited from rural communities facing design challenges - Communities may apply for small grants to support planning and hosting a two-day workshop.
Are You Using the Right Test Method? - With advances in digital instrumentation and technology, it is always advisable to ensure any new equipment or analytical devices meet the Clean Water Act approved test method.
Nebraska Governor Approves Keystone XL Route - The State Department, which must review the 1,700-mile pipeline because it crosses an international border, is in the final stages of preparing an environmental-impact statement on the project.

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