McBride Named as COWA President

February 28, 2008

Picture of Karen McBride

West Sacramento, Calif. — Karen McBride, an environmental rural development specialist for West Sacramento-based Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), has been named president of the board for California Onsite Wastewater Association (COWA).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, onsite wastewater facilities collect, treat and then release about four billion gallons of the treated sewage per day from an estimated 26 million homes, businesses and recreational facilities nationwide. COWA promotes environmentally and economically sound onsite wastewater technology and management practices.

McBride will now lead a 12-member board that includes subcommittees on education and training; membership development; and strategic planning.

“This is a real honor and a great opportunity,” said McBride. “I hope to spend the next two years helping our subcommittees meet milestones one step at a time so that we can take a huge leap forward.”

COWA currently is planning its annual conference, scheduled to take place this May in Sacramento.

Founded in 1978, RCAC provides a wide range of community development services for rural and Native American communities, agricultural workers and community-based organizations in 13 western states. RCAC offers expertise in housing, environmental infrastructure (water, wastewater and solid waste), leadership training, economic development and financing. RCAC is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and operates a $65 million Loan Fund that finances affordable housing, community facilities, and water and wastewater systems.