Keasling receiving award

Keasling receives California Coalition for Rural Housing Lifetime Achievement Award

RCAC’s CEO Stanley Keasling joined the California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH) Board of Directors in 1982. Although CCRH had been around already for six years, Keasling’s involvement – which continues today – contributed mightily to bringing sustainable and affordable housing to the state’s thousands of farmworkers and Tribal communities. Full story

Matheny Tract, Tulare will finally merge water systems

In what could bode well for other small water systems in California, the city of Tulare will merge its water system with Pratt Mutual Water Co., which serves the neighboring disadvantaged community of Matheny Tract’s 1,200 residents. Read more

Ten Oregon school water systems test positive for lead contamination

Schools in Oregon—10 so far— have fallen outside regulatory limits for lead in their drinking water during the past four years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Moreover, many schools in the state have yet to be tested. Read more

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Be part of the 2016 Water Boards Leadership Institute

Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) and Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) invite you to join a uniquely effective leadership development course. This course strengthens community leadership by teaching skills and tools to be more intentional, effective and energized leaders. Apply

Save the date—May 3 RCAC will run with the big dogs

Starting at midnight on May 3rd, the Sacramento region will come together for one BIG Day of Giving – a 24 hour giving challenge to help RCAC’s goal to advance the human right to water. Learn more

Water News: Agency Officials Testify at Human Right to Water Hearing

“I literally cannot understand the most powerful country in the world having these kinds of stories about the lack of clean, potable water and sanitation. It blows my mind quite frankly. It is not the picture I have of the United States.” – Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay, a commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, at a hearing on water access in the United States. View video

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Community Leadership

Alcalde, NM
May 07, 2016 9:00AM-4:30pm

Join us in a uniquely effective leadership development workshop. You will learn tools to be more intentional, effective and energized leaders. Participants must be current or aspiring members of water or sewer system boards of directors. Register

Treatment Operator Certification Exam Prep (2 days)

South Lake Tahoe, CA
May 17-18, 2016 8:00AM-3:00pm

This workshop will help attendees prepare for the upcoming treatment exam and will include test taking tips and an overview of drinking water laws and regulations. Register

Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Finance Workshop

Eugene, OR
May 19, 2016 8:30AM-4:30PM

The workshops feature a community success highlight, funder and resource panel, One Stop meeting, and networking roundtables with agencies and resource providers. Register

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