EPA’s Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Operation, Maintenance, and Management Training for Tribal Operators and Leaders

From June to October 2011, EPA will be sponsoring a series of in-person training workshops for federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Villages across the country to help increase participants’ skills and knowledge in the operation of wastewater and drinking water treatment systems.  The training is intended for water system operators, wastewater system operators, tribal utility managers, tribal council members and leaders involved with water utility management.

While there is no registration fee for the workshops, there is a cap of 50 participants at each session, and tribes and Alaskan Native Villages that received 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds will be given registration priority. Travel, hotel, and per diem costs for attendees from tribal reservations may be covered by a participant’s local Indian Health Service (IHS) Area office. Participants can contact their local IHS office for additional details.  The first training workshop will be in Seattle, June 21-23, 2011. Registration is open until 24 hours prior to the workshop.

For more information, including how to register, please go to: http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/tribaltraining/tcourse7_2011.cfm. For questions about the training, please contact Leon Latino by e-mail at latino.leon@epa.gov or by phone at (202) 564-1997; or Matthew Richardson by e-mail at richardson.matthew@epa.gov or by phone at (202) 564-2947.