In this issue:

Case study: Fort Bragg, California

Fort Bragg is a city in Mendocino County, California, on the state’s North Coast. The geographically isolated rural community has a population of roughly 7,500. The town hosts a thriving tourism industry and is an economic hub for Mendocino County’s coastal and inland communities. Read more

2021 Annual Report: Rural Voices

Our 2021 Annual Report is here! Click here to check it out.

Training highlights

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

Water Operator Certification Prep / Developing Water System Policies
October 12-13, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Pacific Time (both days) | Yuba City, California

October 12: Water Operator Certification Prep
The new California Operator Certification test program allows for operators to take their state exams within weeks of applying. This includes the distribution tests and the treatment tests. This workshop will teach operators the preparation needed for passing these state exams…. Read more and register here

October 13: Developing Water System Policies
Public water system boards adopt policies to guide internal decision-making processes. These policies may be related to financial decisions, emergency response, personnel, and more. Some policies are required by the State of California, such as having a discontinuation of water service policy that…. Read more and register here

California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) Virtual Funding Fair
October 19 & November 3, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Pacific Time (both days) | Online | Click here to view the flyer

Seeking funding for your infrastructure project? Obtain information about currently available infrastructure grant, loan and bond financing programs, and options.  The funding fair provides an opportunity for attendees to speak directly with program staff about specific projects and issues affecting their community. Please visit the CFCC website at for more information and member directory. Read more and 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.