Takeaways from the Tribal Utility Governance Program

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This presentation was delivered by Steve Wilson at 2013 AWWA ACE.

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  • 1. 1Takeaways From TheTakeaways From The TTribalribalUUtilitytility GGovernance Programovernance ProgramTraining And Technical AssistanceTraining And Technical AssistanceTo Tribally-Owned & Operated Water SystemsTo Tribally-Owned & Operated Water SystemsSteve Wilson, Deb Patton, Brian Bennon,Steve Wilson, Deb Patton, Brian Bennon,Dave Harvey, & Jennifer WilsonDave Harvey, & Jennifer Wilson

2. EPA GrantEPA Grant $500K Grant To RCAP$500K Grant To RCAP Focus On EPA Regions 6, 8, And 9Focus On EPA Regions 6, 8, And 9 1 Year - Sept 2012 Thru Aug 20131 Year - Sept 2012 Thru Aug 2013 Goal To Help Systems Achieve AndGoal To Help Systems Achieve AndMaintain Compliance With The SDWAMaintain Compliance With The SDWA Program Based On RCAC TUG ManualProgram Based On RCAC TUG Manual 3. ProgramProgram Develop NAWMA GroupsDevelop NAWMA Groups Set Up Coordinated Meetings (3)Set Up Coordinated Meetings (3) Curriculum Based on TUG ManualCurriculum Based on TUG ManualDeveloped By RCACDeveloped By RCAC Financial And Managerial CapacityFinancial And Managerial Capacity ITCA Utility ManagementITCA Utility Management CertificationCertification RCAC Providing Onsite Assistance (IHS)RCAC Providing Onsite Assistance (IHS) 4. 4PartnersPartners 5. Partner RolesPartner Roles RCAP Grantee, Reports To USEPARCAP Grantee, Reports To USEPA RCAC Lead, Program DevelopmentRCAC Lead, Program Development CRG Region 6 ImplementationCRG Region 6 Implementation ITCA Effective Utility ManagementITCA Effective Utility ManagementCertification, EPA RecognizedCertification, EPA Recognized SmallWaterSupply.org Marketing,SmallWaterSupply.org Marketing,Newsletter, Website, Contact ManagerNewsletter, Website, Contact Manager 6. The TUG ManualThe TUG Manual Utility ManagementUtility Management Board IssuesBoard Issues PersonnelPersonnel CustomersCustomers Financial ManagementFinancial Management BudgetsBudgets Rate SettingRate Setting Capital ImprovementCapital Improvement Much MoreMuch More 7. Native American Water MastersNative American Water MastersAssociations (NAWMA)Associations (NAWMA) RCAC Had 2 Successful Groups In PlaceRCAC Had 2 Successful Groups In Place Nine More Added, Now ElevenNine More Added, Now ElevenCalifornia (3)California (3) Arizona (2)Arizona (2)MontanaMontana NevadaNevadaNew MexicoNew Mexico OklahomaOklahomaNorth DakotaNorth Dakota South DakotaSouth Dakota 2 Hours of TUG Training (Blackboard)2 Hours of TUG Training (Blackboard) Additional Topics Specific For GroupAdditional Topics Specific For Group 8. Northern CaliforniaNorthern CaliforniaNAWMA MeetingNAWMA Meeting 9. Tribal System ChallengesTribal System Challenges Conducted A Survey Thru NewsletterConducted A Survey Thru Newsletter Asked Them To Identify TheirAsked Them To Identify TheirChallenges, Anonymous ResponsesChallenges, Anonymous Responses Found Many Similarities To Non-TribalFound Many Similarities To Non-TribalSmall Systems IssuesSmall Systems Issues Also Found Tribal Systems Face SomeAlso Found Tribal Systems Face SomeUnique ChallengesUnique Challenges 10. Tribal-Specific IssuesTribal-Specific Issues Remoteness And IsolationRemoteness And Isolation Seclusion From Non-Tribal ResourcesSeclusion From Non-Tribal Resources Ability To Work With State EntitiesAbility To Work With State Entities Support From Tribal GovernmentSupport From Tribal Government Leaders Understanding NeedsLeaders Understanding Needs Independent Decision MakingIndependent Decision Making Patronage JobsPatronage Jobs 11. Small System IssuesSmall System Issues Support From Decision MakersSupport From Decision Makers Need For Qualified PersonnelNeed For Qualified Personnel Poor PayPoor Pay Lack Of InterestLack Of Interest FundingFunding Small Size Limits Funds AvailableSmall Size Limits Funds Available Charging Proper RatesCharging Proper Rates O & M, As Well As UpgradesO & M, As Well As Upgrades 12. A Model For Small SystemsA Model For Small Systems What Have NAWMAs Taught Us?What Have NAWMAs Taught Us? Everyone Came Back And Told OthersEveryone Came Back And Told Others Meetings Fill An Operator NeedMeetings Fill An Operator Need Attendees Like The Face-To-FaceAttendees Like The Face-To-Face Relationships Build And GrowRelationships Build And Grow What About the Program?What About the Program? Attendees Have A VoiceAttendees Have A Voice Helps To Walk In Each Others ShoesHelps To Walk In Each Others Shoes Some Online Training OKSome Online Training OK 13. Why It WorksWhy It Works More Open To Discussing With PeersMore Open To Discussing With Peers Like Getting Together To Share InfoLike Getting Together To Share Info Provide Time For Group To InteractProvide Time For Group To Interact Many Like Issues And ChallengesMany Like Issues And Challenges Attendee Driven, Have Say In ProgramAttendee Driven, Have Say In Program A Place To Solve Real ProblemsA Place To Solve Real Problems Understand How Isolated It Can BeUnderstand How Isolated It Can Be 14. SuccessesSuccesses Possible Tribal WARN DevelopmentPossible Tribal WARN Development Already Discussions Of How ToAlready Discussions Of How ToMaintain Once Grant EndsMaintain Once Grant Ends Relationships Are Being Built AndRelationships Are Being Built AndExpanded Outside Of MeetingsExpanded Outside Of Meetings Sharing EquipmentSharing Equipment Providing Assistance/ExpertiseProviding Assistance/Expertise Expanding/Inviting Other ParticipantsExpanding/Inviting Other Participants 15. Thanks For Providing InputThanks For Providing Input Callie McIntosh, RCAC MontanaCallie McIntosh, RCAC Montana Stevan Palmer, RCAC NevadaStevan Palmer, RCAC Nevada Tyler Walls, ITCA ArizonaTyler Walls, ITCA Arizona Ron Sundberg, RCAC CaliforniaRon Sundberg, RCAC California Dave Wallace, RCAC - CaliforniaDave Wallace, RCAC - California 16. 21Questions?Questions?