Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)

Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) Practical solutions for improving rural communities - helping small communities maintain safe, reliable and sustainable water systems A national network of organizations working across the United States and its territories to help small, rural communities to operate reliable and sustainable drinking water and wastewater systems

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A new rural development-centered publication from the St. Louis Fed and Federal Reserve Board of Governors, “Investing i...
11/17/2021
Investing in Rural Prosperity | St. Louis Fed

A new rural development-centered publication from the St. Louis Fed and Federal Reserve Board of Governors, “Investing in Rural Prosperity,” has just been published. The publication details that rural development will lead to greater economic opportunity for everyone if it is tailored to the community, designed to be resilient to changing circumstances and inclusive about who is at the decision-making table, and is developed through a collaborative process.

RCAP CEO Nathan Ohle has cowritten a chapter around the need to create approaches that are based on local leadership and local assets, innovation, and focusing regionally.

Preview a chapter now: https://www.stlouisfed.org/community-development/publications/invest-in-rural
#InvestinRural #ruraldev #inclusivegrowth #commdev #ruralmatters

Investing in Rural Prosperity, a book from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Federal Reserve Board, seeks to help people living in rural areas navigate the challenges and opportunities they face to reach a future in which economic prosperity is a reality.

11/15/2021
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Digital maps and GIS are powerful tools that small water systems can use to improve operational efficiency, plan for future capital needs, and collect key knowledge.

Join us tomorrow, 11/16 at 2:00-3:00 PM ET for a webinar Using Mapping and GIS to Improve Water Utility Operations and Sustainability.

This webinar will describe how small systems can utilize digital maps and GIS and demonstrate several map and dashboard tools. The material in this webinar is best suited for individuals who operate, manage, or own drinking water systems.

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7599055131497448464

Also join us on 12/9 for a webinar on Lessons From the Field: Navigating PFAS https://lnkd.in/grdXvsJU

We are both thrilled and sad to share news with our community that after leading RCAP through 4.5 years of tremendous gr...
11/09/2021

We are both thrilled and sad to share news with our community that after leading RCAP through 4.5 years of tremendous growth, Nathan Ohle will be stepping down as CEO at the end of January to take on a new role as President & CEO of the International Economic Development Council.

Join us in congratulating Nathan on his next chapter and celebrating what the network has accomplished together, and will continue to build from. Please check out a full statement from our current Board President Rick Martinez that includes what’s next.
https://www.rcap.org/important-update-to-our-rcap-community/

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Find out where your water comes from as we Imagine a Day Without Water...
10/21/2021

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Find out where your water comes from as we Imagine a Day Without Water https://geopub.epa.gov/DWWidgetApp/ #ValueWater

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Find out where your water comes from as we Imagine a Day Without Water https://geopub.epa.gov/DWWidgetApp/ #ValueWater

10/20/2021

This week, some #ISWS staff are at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition Conference (#WEFTEC) in #Chicago!
Make sure to check out #ISWS Kevin Kundert at booth #1045 to learn more about the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)

Wastewater lagoons need regular maintenance! Our October Drop of Knowledge post highlights the importance of regular mai...
10/18/2021
Be Proactive: The Importance of Regular Wastewater Lagoon Maintenance | RCAP

Wastewater lagoons need regular maintenance! Our October Drop of Knowledge post highlights the importance of regular maintenance and tips for ensuring a functioning wastewater lagoon. Check out the article! https://www.rcap.org/be-proactive-the-importance-of-regular-wastewater-lagoon-maintenance/

There are over 8,000 wastewater lagoons permitted to treat raw sewage in the United States. Most wastewater operators will tell you that the low operation and maintenance (O&M) cost of a lagoon is a significant advantage over a package plant or other mechanical treatment process. But it’s import...

We are thrilled to be bringing Bobby Cochran on to our team as Chief Operating Officer (COO). RCAP CEO Nathan Ohle says,...
09/29/2021
The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) Announces Bobby Cochran as Chief Operating Officer | RCAP

We are thrilled to be bringing Bobby Cochran on to our team as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

RCAP CEO Nathan Ohle says, “Bobby’s intuitive leadership and deep expertise in social innovation and water issues in the Pacific Northwest aligns well with RCAP’s work and vision moving forward. His passion will drive the organization, and the communities we serve, to build upon the opportunities ahead.”

https://www.rcap.org/the-rural-community-assistance-partnership-rcap-announces-bobby-cochran-as-chief-operating-officer/

Washington, DC (September 29, 2021) — The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is pleased to announce the selection of Bobby Cochran as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this role, Bobby will support the organization in advancing RCAP’s strategy and vision to work with rural an...

Keep it Clean! Properly maintaining your septic system helps to prevent contamination to your drinking water well. Test ...
09/26/2021

Keep it Clean! Properly maintaining your septic system helps to prevent contamination to your drinking water well. Test the cleanliness of your well water regularly to keep your family healthy. Learn more #SepticSmart tips at https://www.epa.gov/septic

Keep it Clean! Properly maintaining your septic system helps to prevent contamination to your drinking water well. Test the cleanliness of your well water regularly to keep your family healthy. Learn more #SepticSmart tips at https://www.epa.gov/septic

Shield Your Field! Love gardening? Your septic system does not! Be careful where you plant as roots can clog the stone a...
09/25/2021

Shield Your Field! Love gardening? Your septic system does not! Be careful where you plant as roots can clog the stone and damage the pipes in your drainfield. Parking your car or placing heavy objects on top of your drainfield can also damage it. Learn how to shield your field and be #SepticSmart by visiting https://www.epa.gov/septic

Shield Your Field! Love gardening? Your septic system does not! Be careful where you plant as roots can clog the stone and damage the pipes in your drainfield. Parking your car or placing heavy objects on top of your drainfield can also damage it. Learn how to shield your field and be #SepticSmart by visiting https://www.epa.gov/septic

Don’t Strain Your Drain! Putting the wrong items into your septic system can put the health of your family and neighbors...
09/24/2021

Don’t Strain Your Drain! Putting the wrong items into your septic system can put the health of your family and neighbors at risk and result in expensive repairs for your system. Learn what should and should not go down your drain and stay #SepticSmart https://www.epa.gov/septic

Don’t Strain Your Drain! Putting the wrong items into your septic system can put the health of your family and neighbors at risk and result in expensive repairs for your system. Learn what should and should not go down your drain and stay #SepticSmart https://www.epa.gov/septic

Pump Your Tank! Did you know a typical septic tank needs to be pumped every 3 – 5 years on average? Properly caring for ...
09/23/2021

Pump Your Tank! Did you know a typical septic tank needs to be pumped every 3 – 5 years on average? Properly caring for a septic system can be challenging if you’ve never owned a septic system before. With Septic Sam’s Top 10 List, learn easy tips to help prolong the life of your septic system. Check out our toolkit at https://www.epa.gov/septic/septic-systems-outreach-toolkit

Pump Your Tank! Did you know a typical septic tank needs to be pumped every 3 – 5 years on average? Properly caring for a septic system can be challenging if you’ve never owned a septic system before. With Septic Sam’s Top 10 List, learn easy tips to help prolong the life of your septic system. Check out our toolkit at https://www.epa.gov/septic/septic-systems-outreach-toolkit

Don’t Overload the Commode! Your toilet is not a trashcan, flushing non-degradable products can clog your system and cau...
09/22/2021

Don’t Overload the Commode! Your toilet is not a trashcan, flushing non-degradable products can clog your system and cause sewage to back up into your home or flood your yard. Do not flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. Read more #SepticSmart tips at https://www.epa.gov/septic

Don’t Overload the Commode! Your toilet is not a trashcan, flushing non-degradable products can clog your system and cause sewage to back up into your home or flood your yard. Do not flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. Read more #SepticSmart tips at https://www.epa.gov/septic

Think at the Sink! Use water efficiently to maintain the life of your septic system. Limit the use of your garbage dispo...
09/21/2021
Septic Systems (Onsite/Decentralized Systems) | US EPA

Think at the Sink! Use water efficiently to maintain the life of your septic system. Limit the use of your garbage disposal and avoid rinsing coffee grounds or pouring grease into the sink. Get the scoop on how to stay #SepticSmart at https://www.epa.gov/septic

The web site provides guidance and technical assistance for homeowners, government officials, industry professionals, and EPA partners about how to properly develop and manage individual onsite and community cluster systems that treat domestic wastewater.

Today we're kicking off #SepticSmart Week! This week we recognize the importance of properly caring for and maintaining ...
09/20/2021

Today we're kicking off #SepticSmart Week! This week we recognize the importance of properly caring for and maintaining your septic system. Check in this week for #SepticSmart Quick Tips and learn more at https://www.epa.gov/septic

Today we're kicking off #SepticSmart Week! This week we recognize the importance of properly caring for and maintaining your septic system. Check in this week for #SepticSmart Quick Tips and learn more at https://www.epa.gov/septic

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is a proud sponsor of #RCAPConference2021. NACWA is the nation's re...
08/09/2021
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National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is a proud sponsor of #RCAPConference2021. NACWA is the nation's recognized leader in legislative, regulatory and legal Clean Water advocacy. https://www.nacwa.org/about-us

For 50 years, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues, as well as a top technical resource for water management, sustainability and ecosystem protection...

Xylem is a Gold Sponsor of #RCAPConference2021. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we partnered with Xylem to distrib...
08/09/2021

Xylem is a Gold Sponsor of #RCAPConference2021. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we partnered with Xylem to distribute more than 40,000 masks to rural communities across the U.S. Their mission is to provide and protect access to clean, safe water, and supporting the essential workers who make this happen is a priority shared with RCAP. We’re very excited to have their sponsorship this year! http://ow.ly/8Ulr50Fx1Yr

Xylem is a Gold Sponsor of #RCAPConference2021. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we partnered with Xylem to distribute more than 40,000 masks to rural communities across the U.S. Their mission is to provide and protect access to clean, safe water, and supporting the essential workers who make this happen is a priority shared with RCAP. We’re very excited to have their sponsorship this year! http://ow.ly/8Ulr50Fx1Yr

Do you have a reserve for emergencies? Establishing a line of credit now could make all the difference in the world late...
08/09/2021

Do you have a reserve for emergencies? Establishing a line of credit now could make all the difference in the world later. Reach out @CoBankACB rural infrastructure financing experts and learn what program can benefit you the most. https://bit.ly/2VDxYkh CoBank is a proud sponsor of our 2021 National Conference.

Do you have a reserve for emergencies? Establishing a line of credit now could make all the difference in the world later. Reach out @CoBankACB rural infrastructure financing experts and learn what program can benefit you the most. https://bit.ly/2VDxYkh CoBank is a proud sponsor of our 2021 National Conference.

For rural communities to thrive, water must be a top priority. @CoBankACB understands, and has a mission to serve rural ...
08/02/2021

For rural communities to thrive, water must be a top priority. @CoBankACB understands, and has a mission to serve rural America. Put their financing expertise and resources to good use for your next water or sewer project. https://bit.ly/2VDxYkh CoBank is a proud sponsor of our 2021 National Conference.

For rural communities to thrive, water must be a top priority. @CoBankACB understands, and has a mission to serve rural America. Put their financing expertise and resources to good use for your next water or sewer project. https://bit.ly/2VDxYkh CoBank is a proud sponsor of our 2021 National Conference.

Need to create, improve or expand the supply of safe drinking water and waste disposal in your community? Ask THE rural ...
07/26/2021

Need to create, improve or expand the supply of safe drinking water and waste disposal in your community? Ask THE rural infrastructure experts @CoBankACB about refinancing or term project financing for your construction project. Experience a streamlined process with far less paperwork. https://bit.ly/2VDxYkh. CoBank is a proud sponsor of our 2021 National Conference.

Need to create, improve or expand the supply of safe drinking water and waste disposal in your community? Ask THE rural infrastructure experts @CoBankACB about refinancing or term project financing for your construction project. Experience a streamlined process with far less paperwork. https://bit.ly/2VDxYkh. CoBank is a proud sponsor of our 2021 National Conference.

Thank you @CoBankACB for sponsoring our 2021 National Conference! CoBank knows the importance of providing access to saf...
07/19/2021

Thank you @CoBankACB for sponsoring our 2021 National Conference! CoBank knows the importance of providing access to safe, clean drinking water all across rural America and has a water finance team that serves not-for-profits, municipalities and districts. Are you working on a USDA RD funded project? Ask about our USDA interim financing program.

Thank you @CoBankACB for sponsoring our 2021 National Conference! CoBank knows the importance of providing access to safe, clean drinking water all across rural America and has a water finance team that serves not-for-profits, municipalities and districts. Are you working on a USDA RD funded project? Ask about our USDA interim financing program.

Check out this month's Drop of Knowledge, "Navigating Income Surveys During Covid-19""Income surveys are tools that fund...
07/13/2021
Navigating Income Surveys During COVID-19 | RCAP

Check out this month's Drop of Knowledge, "Navigating Income Surveys During Covid-19"

"Income surveys are tools that funders use to determine a community’s median household income (MHI), which affects eligibility and favorability of terms for grant and loan packages. To ensure confidentiality, most funders require a third-party entity like the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the western RCAP, to conduct the survey."

https://www.rcap.org/navigating-income-surveys-during-covid-19/?mc_cid=e82ca21598&mc_eid=537ca0f15c

Income surveys are tools that funders use to determine a community’s median household income (MHI), which affects eligibility and favorability of terms for grant and loan packages. To ensure confidentiality, most funders require a third-party entity like the Rural Community Assistance ...

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, RCAP has shared the stories of our female board members on our blog. RCAP has such stro...
03/31/2021
Drop of Knowledge | RCAP

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, RCAP has shared the stories of our female board members on our blog. RCAP has such strong, insightful, and capable female leaders across our network: from our board members, to TAPs, and National Staff. These women dedicate their work to #water and #ruralAmerica. We are lucky to have these individuals on our team.

Learn about their journeys and the advice they have to share here: https://www.rcap.org/drop-of-knowledge-2/

Jodi Hilsabeck is a Project Manager/Technical Assistance Provider with RCAP’s Midwestern partner, the Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) and has been employed with them for four years. Jodi came into MAP with a background more focused on statistics, analytics and administrative duties where she knew...

Happy Black History Month! See below for our message regarding this special month and RCAP's commitment to the assistanc...
02/10/2021

Happy Black History Month! See below for our message regarding this special month and RCAP's commitment to the assistance of Black Americans in our work.

Happy Black History Month! See below for our message regarding this special month and RCAP's commitment to the assistance of Black Americans in our work.

RCAP has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution on a new initiative, “Coming Home: Stories from Main Street.” Coming...
01/27/2021
RCAP and the Smithsonian Institution Launch Coming Home: Stories from Main Street program

RCAP has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution on a new initiative, “Coming Home: Stories from Main Street.” Coming Home is a collaboration between RCAP’s Rural Homecoming program and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program that aims to incorporate young voices in the future of rural America. We are very excited about this collaboration! Read more here: https://mailchi.mp/rcap/rcap-and-the-smithsonian-institution-launch-coming-home-stories-from-main-street-program

Washington, D.C. – The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution on a new initiative, “Coming Home: Stories from Main Street.” Coming Home is a collaboration between RCAP’s Rural Homecoming program and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Stre...

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Every year, 140 RCAP specialists based in RCAP's six regional partners provide assistance to more than 2,000 communities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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- Main services: in-person, customized assistance and training to the staff and governing bodies of community drinking water and wastewater systems; assistance and training is in the areas of the technical operations, management and financial operations of a system
- limited financial assistance (loans)
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Check out the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)'s latest Drop of Knowledge article: https://bit.ly/3Cjx63V Our very own Derik Dressler, Regional Collaboration Specialist, discusses how shared services have assisted operators, increased the sustainability of several small water systems, and led to many ongoing partnerships throughout the state of Pennsylvania! #RCAPRuralResources
RCAP Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of the Open for Business program, an economic development initiative which aims to support small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs! Powered by the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund and through collaboration with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), we offer self-guided online workshops, monthly webinars, and one-on-one consulting. For more information 👉 www.rcapsolutions.org/open-for-business/ And visit the Open for Business Hub for resources and a list of upcoming webinars 👉 www.rcap.org/rcap-open-for-business-hub/
Our Business Opportunity Specialist, Madison Wellman, was the featured guest on a recent edition of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce's radio show, "Catskills Commerce"! He introduced our new "Open for Business" program, an economic development initiative which aims to support small business and aspiring entrepreneurs. In conjunction with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), we offer webinars, online learning modules, and one-on-one consultations. The full segment can be listened to here: https://bit.ly/3ARzBKh Interested business owners can check out the Open for Business hub here: www.rcap.org/rcap-open-for-business-hub/
Join HAC, The Aspen Institute, Rural LISC, Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), & Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System tomorrow at 11:30 AM ET as we dive into how improving racial equity in #rural communities can help unleash their economic and social potential. https://loom.ly/z4pItYs
Award Received! 🏆 Congratulations again to Adam Drozd, Marketing Manager and winner of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)'s 2021 Pillar Award. This achievement recognizes dedicated individuals who serve in vital areas to support the on-the-ground work of RCAP's field staff! #RCAPConference2021
Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is hosting a webinar "Lagoon Operations - Meeting Permit Requirements", on August 10, 2021, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET. This webinar describes techniques and processes to help operate a wastewater system more efficiently. Please join our webinar and Q&A session with RCAP technical assistance providers from different regions of the United States. This is a great opportunity to learn more about lagoon system optimization to meet permit requirements. Moderator: Kevin Kundert, #RCAP, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist Presenters:  Randy Welch, Technical Assistance Provider, Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc.  Michael Evitch, Rural Development Specialist, Rural Community Assistance Corporation  Shawnee Ford, Operator (Ohio), Great Lakes Community Action Partnership For those interested, please register here: bit.ly/3Bmxn6S
New federal funding presents a momentous opportunity to invest in rural physical infrastructure. How can rural and Native communities effectively leverage this funding to build thriving rural places? How are water and wastewater systems, broadband, housing, roads and bridges interconnected, and how can these different components of physical infrastructure support sustainable and equitable community and economic development? What unique obstacles do Native nations face when building or rebuilding infrastructure because of historical disinvestment? Join The Aspen Institute, Rural LISC, Rural Home, Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Federal Reserve and our speakers for a Rural Opportunity and Development Session on rebuilding #infrastructure in #Rural America and #Native Nations. Register here for our session on August 16: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/roadsinfrastructure/
New federal funding presents a momentous opportunity to invest in rural physical infrastructure. How can rural and Native communities effectively leverage this funding to build thriving rural places? How are water and wastewater systems, broadband, housing, roads and bridges interconnected, and how can these different components of physical infrastructure support sustainable and equitable community and economic development? What unique obstacles do Native nations face when building or rebuilding infrastructure because of historical disinvestment? Join Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, Rural LISC , Housing Assistance Council, Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) , Federal Reserve and our speakers for a Rural Opportunity and Development Session on rebuilding #infrastructure in rural America and Native Nations. Register here for our session on August 16: https://loom.ly/FHZXGsc
Join The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, Rural LISC, Housing Assistance Council, Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and our speakers for a Rural Opportunity and Development Session on rebuilding #infrastructure in rural America and Native Nations. Register here for our session on August 16: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/roadsinfrastructure/ #ruralinnovation #roadsession #infrastructure
The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) congratulates Radhika Fox on being appointed by the Biden Administration as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency top water official.https://bit.ly/3A00KdL
Thanks to all who joined our ROAD Session with @AspenCSG, Rural LISC Housing Assistance Council, Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Roanoke Electric Cooperative Low Lander Center, Union of Concerned Scientists and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency focused on rural climate innovations. If you missed it, you can find the recording here: https://buff.ly/36alWkB
Climate change is worsening the already disproportionate burdens placed on rural people and Native nations. In the face of these global and hyper-local challenges, rural America and Native nations are essential partners in developing climate-smart solutions. What can we learn from innovative approaches to environmental justice in rural regions, and how can we engage Native nations and rural communities of color to address climate change more equitably? Join @aspencsg Rural LISC, Housing Assistance Council, Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and our speakers for a Rural Opportunity and Development Session on climate-smart solutions from rural America and Native Nations. Register here for our session on July 16: https://buff.ly/3ySOrzk