In this issue:

Don Nguyen named RCAC’s Chief Financial Officer

West Sacramento, CA. – Don Nguyen joined Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in August 2022 to oversee the organization’s financial operations and fiscal health. He replaces David Ebenezer, who was RCAC’s previous CFO. Read more

RCAC Interview: CA USDA Rural Development Director Maria Gallegos Herrera

RCAC presents a series of discussions with state directors for United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD). The series will provide a glimpse at USDA RD’s priorities and how state directors hope to assist rural communities in our region. In this issue, we spoke to Maria Gallegos Herrera, State Director, USDA Rural Development-California. Read more

Training highlights

For questions about event registration, please email RCAC Events at or call (916) 447-9832 ext. 1429.

Tribal Drinking Water Training Series: Courses 4 – 6
September 13 – 15, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Pacific Time) | Spokane, Washington

These water operation and maintenance trainings will cover important topics for tribal drinking water system operators. These no-cost trainings include active learning exercises to expand learning opportunities. The courses will be offered on consecutive days in each of three cities. Join us for one course or all three. See the flyer here

Course 4: Basic Practical Treatment Applications (September 13) – Register here
Course 5: Water Treatment Instrumentation & Control for Small Water Systems (September 14) – Register here
Course 6: Water Quality Sampling & SDWA Compliance (September 15) – Register here

Creating Operation & Maintenance Plans
September 14, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (Pacific Time) | Merced, California

Your only licensed operator has just left town due to a family emergency, and handed you the phone number of a certified operator in the next town. Will the substitute operator know how your system works and what needs to be done on a daily basis to keep it safe and in compliance? A properly prepared Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plan is one of a water purveyor’s most important documents. Register here

Must Have Financial Policies & Procedures for Small Water Systems
September 15, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (Pacific Time) | Merced, California

Your financial policies are the blueprint to building a successful, sustainable water utility. Are yours up-to-date and complete? Polishing your policies can be the cornerstone to providing guidance in decision making, promoting staff efficiency and productivity, and safeguarding assets. Register here

Household Water Well & Septic System Loan/Grant Programs

RCAC provides low interest rate loans and grants to assist individual households in the refurbishing, replacement or construction of a household water well or septic system. If you are interested, please download our program flyer and submit a loan application. RCAC is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

About RCAC’s Household Water Well & Septic System Loan/Grant Program

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Chief Executive Officer: Suzanne Anarde
Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke,
Managing Editor: Blivion Xanouvong,

Network News is funded by: RCAC’s Loan Fund and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.