Washington State Seeks TMF Regional Planner

The Washington State Department of Health, Division of Environmental Public Health – Southwest Regional Office of Drinking Water is searching for a dynamic and experienced professional to fill the position of Environmental Planner 3 – Regional Planner.  This position is located in Tumwater, Washington.  (Recruitment # DOH2015)

In the state, Regional Planners review water system plans and provide technical assistance to help public water systems manage themselves effectively.  Planners also act as technical liaisons with watershed planning units, local government, and the state’s Department of Ecology on water resource issues.  Planners may also be expected to coordinate and conduct public presentations on issues related to water system planning, conservation, growth, and land use.

Ideally, the Office is looking for someone who has worked with water utilities or utility staff and has some insight on the challenges water system face and what it takes for them to succeed.

To obtain a complete job announcement that includes the “Application Process”, visit  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/default.cfmaction=viewJob&jobID=664133 or contact Cher.Williams@doh.wa.gov(360) 236-4545.

Applications must be submitted by July 9, 2013. The DOH is an EOE.

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USDA Posts Notice of Funding Availability for Community Connect Grants

Timing is everything!  Earlier today, we posted information about a program to help small rural communities gain access to the internet.  We have now learned that USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has announced its Community Connect Grant Program application window for Fiscal Year 2013.  To view the complete FR Notice of Funds Availability, please go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-11/pdf/2013-13827.pdf.  This notice also includes information about the minimum and maximum amounts for Community Connect grants applicable for the fiscal year. The Community Connect Grant Program regulations can be found at 7 CFR 1739, subpart A.

Applications are available at:  http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/utp_commconnect.html.  According to the FR Notice, you may submit completed applications for grants on paper or electronically according to the following deadlines:

• Paper copies must carry proof of shipping no later than July 11, 2013 to be eligible for FY 2013 grant funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2013 grant funding.

• Electronic copies must be received by July 11, 2013 to be eligible for FY 2013 grant funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2013 grant funding.

Submit completed paper applications for grants to the Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 2868, STOP 1599, Washington, DC 20250–1599. Applications should be marked ‘‘Attention: Director, Broadband Division, Rural Utilities Service.’’

Submit electronic grant applications at http://www.grants.gov, following the instructions you find on that Web site.

USDA Helps Bring Fast Internet to Rural Communities

Once again, our colleagues at SmallWaterSupply.org have showcased a great idea for you to use in your work with small systems…and one that comes with a funding stream as well!  Please read on for more information.

From SmallWaterSupply.org:  “As an Internet educator on rural water issues, we are very aware of both the growing importance of online education as well as the challenges still facing small communities. Bringing high-speed internet to rural areas is an ongoing issue with a suite of solutions needed to meet complex needs. Though progress can feel slow, small victories really do make a difference and deserve to be celebrated, as in the case of this rural Ohio village. To learn more about the Community Connect grant program, click here.”

National AWOP Conference Set for August

ASDWA and the Technical Support Center in EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water are pleased to announce that the fifth National Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Meeting will be held in Cincinnati, OH at the Hilton Netherland Plaza on August 6 – 7, 2013.

The conference is designed to identify strategic activities to build, maintain, and strengthen quality Area Wide Optimization Programs and provide existing AWOP States and Regions with an opportunity to meet and network with other AWOP participants.  The conference will also provide a forum for discussing national AWOP priorities and technical topics.  Other states with an interest in AWOP may also attend to become more familiar with AWOP tools and practices.

Please visit the Conferences section of the ASDWA web site at http://www.asdwa.org/conferences to view the most recent agenda, download registration materials, and make on-line hotel reservations.  There is no registration fee for this meeting.