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Newsletter #16 for July/August 2014

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Make the Internet Work for You

At we make it easier to access helpful information and continuing education opportunities on the Internet. In this training video, we explore how to use our website to find what you need. Short on time? We also have quick tutorials on finding documents and using our calendar.


Resource Picks

In each issue we're selection two helpful resources as our "picks". Some of these might be new or they might just be new-to-you! You can search for more resources anytime in the document library.

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Connected to the Earth: Environmental Health In & Around the Home

This is a 101-page factsheet that provides a do-it-yourself risk assessment tool for homeowners to evaluate environmental and health risks in and around their homes. From keeping drinking water safe to avoiding household hazards like lead-based paint, this series of 11 fact sheets tells how to detect hazards and get started on reducing or eliminating them.

Click here to download.

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Drinking Water Quality in Indian Country: Protecting Your Sources

This 4-page fact sheet provides useful guidance about source water protection as well as case studies. While the contact information in this 2008 document may be outdated, the concepts are still relevant today.

Click here to download.


New NAWMA Groups Forming

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In the coming months 4 new Native American Water Masters Association groups will form, expanding the geographic scope of these valuable, member-led organizations to the northwest and to the east. These new groups will complement the 10 existing groups in the west and southwest. NAWMA groups bring people with similar water system roles and responsibilities together to promote professionalism through training, education and communication. Our partners within the RCAP network, ITCA, and USET will be delivering training on drinking water compliance topics at NAWMA meetings within the next 18 months. Watch for locations, dates, and registration information in future editions.


Events for Tribal Water Systems

Principles of GIS (Free)

August 5-8, 2014 | Fort Defiance, AZ
Hosted by Bureau of Indian Affairs.
This four day course, teaches the fundamental concepts and basic functions of a GIS. Students will develop basic software skills by working with ArcGIS Desktop 10.2.1 to symbolize and create a basic map, work with different types of geographic data, create and edit vector data, and utilizing basic analysis tools.

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Search for Events

To find an event or training opportunity in your area, you can search's event calendar. Search by Category = Tribal to find events open to tribal operators only. Need help? Start by watching our video on how to search the database.


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This amusing video clip helps the public understand the value of wastewater treatment.

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Free Private Well Training Available

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Some tribal communities have individuals served both by the public water system and by private wells. The team behind has also developed a free online resource to educate private well owners about proper well care, water quality testing, and more.

The basis of is a free email class that shares bite-sized lessons one at a time over 10 weeks. More than 3000 private well owners, sanitarians and others who help well owners have signed up for the course.


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