In this issue:

Self-help housing provides home ownership opportunities for low-income Alaska residents

Wasilla, Alaska – Last year, Kolten Conan was scrolling through his Facebook page, and he happened upon photos of a house under construction. He already knew a thing or two about building homes: he’s now 21 and when he was just a little boy, he had scampered among laborers at construction sites around his hometown of Wasilla, fetching boards and helping out with seasonal work. Read more

U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund awards RCAC more than $1 million

West Sacramento, Calif. — The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) more than $1 million. The funding will enable RCAC’s Loan Fund, a certified CDFI, to increase lending and investment in low-income and economically distressed communities across the rural West. Read more

Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery administers the Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program, which provides up to $1 million annually in grants for the cleanup of illegal solid waste sites on farm or ranch property. Read more

Conference and Workshop Calendar

No Bad Bugs: Protecting Your Water System from Microbial Contamination

Your water system can easily and effectively spread waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and E. coli. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention documents over 22 waterborne disease outbreaks annually in U.S. public water supplies. These outbreaks cause more than 10,000 cases of illness. Protecting your water system from these microbial contaminants is a fundamental goal of every water system.

October 11, 2017 – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Light House Inn
681 Highway 101 South
Crescent City, California 95531

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AB 54 & AB 240 Ethics for Mutual Water Company Board Members

Priority attendance will be given to those from smaller water systems.

*October 19, 2017 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm*
Comfort Inn
1590 University Avenue
Riverside, California 92507

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