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2018 ITCA Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/20/2018

Maria Dadgar,MBA
Executive Director
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
602-258-4822
Brian.Bennon@itcaonline.com

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

National Tribal Water Program Selects 2018 Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year

 

Phoenix, Arizona (September 20, 2018)The National Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., (ITCA) announced Mr. Thomas Ridley, Operations Supervisor for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe located in North Dakota, as the 2018 ITCA Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year. ITCA presents the Operator of the Year recognition award annually to a water/wastewater operator who has demonstrated exemplary work ethic, and community involvement while contributing to the high level of water quality within their water/wastewater systems.

Mr. Ridley began his career as an operator for the Standing Rock Rural Water System and was promoted to Operations Supervisor. In his time as Operations Supervisor, Mr. Ridley has assisted in improvements to the supervisory control and data acquisition control system, continues to work on a project to provide GIS mapping of the water system, and has maintained U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulatory compliance. Mr. Ridley is a certified Class III Water Distribution Specialist.

“Mr. Ridley is a great asset to both the Standing Rock Rural Water System and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,” said Mr. Doug Mund, Senior Project Manager with Bartlett & West, Inc. “Mr. Ridley is recognized and respected by his coworkers, Tribal leaders, and his peers in both the North and South Dakota water communities as a leader in the water profession. Mr. Ridley goes above and beyond the assigned duties of his job and is a role model for providing service to others.”

Mr. Ridley was honored at the 2018 ITCA Tribal Operator of the Year Award Ceremony held on August 30, 2018, during the recent National Tribal Operations and Maintenance Summit in Temecula, California. A private award ceremony for Mr. Ridley will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Administration Office in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

ITCA received nominations for the 2018 Tribal Operator of the Year Award for operators working on tribal water/wastewater systems from all across Indian Country. Mr. Ridley was one of nine nominees recognized for professional service and dedication to maintaining safe drinking water and effective wastewater management on behalf of their tribal communities.

The following nine nominees for the 2018 Tribal Operator of the Year were recognized by ITCA at the National Operations and Maintenance Summit.

  •  Ethan Arch, Program Manager
    Eastern Band of Cherokee, Water and Sewer Operations & Maintenance Program,
    Cherokee, North Carolina
  • Veronica Flores, Lab Technician/Operator
    Pueblo of Santa Anna, Pueblo of Santa Ana Utilities Department
    Santa Ana, New Mexico
  • Bruce Fox, Sr., Operations and Maintenance Supervisor
    Three Affiliated Tribes, Forth Berthold Rural Water,
    Mandaree, North Dakota
  • Jerron Henscheid, Director
    Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Utilities, Omaha Tribal Utilities
    Macy, Nebraska
  • Leslie Jodie, Maintenance Technician
    Navajo Nation, Dilcon Community School Inc.
    Winslow, Arizona
  • Kyle Leon, Interim Operations Manager
    Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Laguna Utility Authority
    Laguna, New Mexico
  • Margaret McPartland, Operations and Maintenance Lead
    Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Red Hawk Casino Wastewater/Water Treatment Plant,
    Placerville, California
  • Thomas Ridley, Operations Supervisor
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Standing Rock Rural Water,
    Fort Yates, North Dakota
  • Dustin Voytoski, Wastewater Supervisor
    Ak-Chin Indian Community
    Maricopa, Arizona

“The need for safe and reliable drinking water and effective wastewater management is critical to the health, safety, welfare, economic viability, and self-determination goals of Tribal communities throughout Indian Country,” said Maria Dadgar, Executive Director for the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.  “The ITCA Tribal Water Department works with hundreds of tribal water and wastewater system operators across Indian Country every year that directly protect the public health and environment of their communities.”

“The daily work performed by these public health professionals, who are often on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is admirable.” stated Brian Bennon, ITCA Tribal Water Department Director.  “Our team believes that exceptional operators, who go above and beyond their responsibilities in making outstanding contributions to their communities, should receive recognition for their dedication.”

Over the past 25 years, the ITCA National Tribal Water Certification Program has provided training and USEPA approved drinking water and wastewater operator certifications for tribal personnel working on federal trust land and serving tribal communities.  ITCA is the largest American Indian organization offering USEPA approved operator certification.

For more information about ITCA or the National Tribal Operator Certification Program, please visit our website at www.itcaonline.com, email TWSinfo@itcaonline.com or call (602) 258-4822.

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IMPORTANT: Postponement of Switching to the New ABC 2017 Exams

ITCA has postponed its use of NEW Certification Exams in 2017

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc (ITCA) National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program must postpone its switch to using the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) new 2017 operator certification exams. 

Until further notice, the ITCA Program will continue using the existing ABC 2012 Standardized operator certification exams for both Paper-Booklet Testing and Computer-Based Testing.

For more information about this postponement, click here: Postponement of Change

If you have any questions, please contact the ITCA Tribal Water Department at (602) 258-4822.
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2019 Calendar of Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Training and Examination Events

COMING SOON!

2019 Calendar of Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Training and Certification Examination Events

The National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Training Calendar is under development and is expected to be available in late January or early February 2019.  Periodic updates with listings of planned trainings and exam events will be posted on this webpage as they are confirmed.

Host Venues Wanted
If you are looking for operator trainings near you, please consider hosting a training/certification examination event in 2019.  If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact the ITCA National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program at (602) 258-4822.

Shown below is the current  list of training and exam events, as well as their associated dates and locations that are proposed to be offered in 2019. Please note:  the information listed here is in draft form and may be subject to change.

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Operator Training/Certification Exam Event Date Location
Computer-Based Testing 2019 year-around nationwide
Paper-Booklet Exam Session January 30, 2019 Coachella, CA
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session January 30, 2019 Tube City, AZ
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session TBD TBD seeking host venue
Advisory Committee Meeting August, 2019 TDB seeing host venue in Region 10
Tribal Operator Workgroup Meeting August, 2019 TDB seeing host venue in Region 10
Safe Drinking Water Act 101 Training Course March, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Safe Drinking Water Act 202 Training Course May, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 6
Tribal Utility Management Training Course July, 2019 TBD seeking host venue
Asset Management & CUPSS Training Course July, 2019 Phoenix, Arizona
Asset Management & CUPSS Training Course September, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 5
Water Utility Worker Safety Training Course TBD TBD seeking host venue
Water Utility Worker Safety Training Course TBD TBD seeking host venue
Small Wastewater Treatment Lagoons Training September, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 6
General Module & Very Small Water Systems February 25-March 1, 2019 Phoenix, Arizona
General Module & Very Small Water Systems August, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 5
Water Distribution – Level 1 March 11-15, 2019 Parker, Arizona
Water Distribution – Level 1 April, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 7
Water Distribution – Level 1 June, 2019 northern Arizona (seeking host venue)
Water Distribution – Level 1 August, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 10
Water Distribution – Level 2 July, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Water Distribution – Level 2 October, 2018 TBD seeking host venue in Region 10
Water Treatment – Level 1 March, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 6
Water Treatment – Level 1 April, 2019 northern Arizona (seeking host venue)
Water Treatment – Level 1 May, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 8
Water Treatment – Level 1 June, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 5
Water Treatment – Level 2 June, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Water Treatment – Level 2 August, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 8
Wastewater Collection – Level 1 May, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Wastewater Collection – Level 2 April-May 2019 Belcourt, North Dakota
Wastewater Collection – Level 2 September, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 March, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 7
Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 May, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Wastewater Treatment – Level 2 June, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Online operator trainings coming soon online
USET 2019 Tribal Utility Summit April 23-25, 2019 Verona, New York

2019 Computer-Based Testing, January 7, 2019 – December 28, 2019 (Year-Round)

2019 Computer-Based Testing, (Year-Round)
January 7, 2019 – December 28, 2019

Attached is an event announcement and certification application booklets.  The registration and certification application process is conducted manually by phone, mail, email or fax.

For more information or assistance with registration or assistance with applying for tribal certification, please contact the Tribal Water Department at (602) 258-4822.

Click Here: 2019 Computer-Based Testing Period (Year-Round): Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Wastewater Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Tribal Utility Management

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General Module & Very Small Water System, February 25 – March 1, 2019, Phoenix, Arizona

General Module & Very Small Water System
February 25-March 1, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona

Hosted by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

 This class in now closed due to full classroom capacity. 

Water Distribution-Level 1, March 11-15, 2019, Parker, Arizona

Water Distribution-Level 1
March 11-15, 2019
Parker, AZ

Hosted by the Colorado River Indian Tribes

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

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8th Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference on Health and the Environment

“Road to a Healthy You and Your Environment”
June 22 – 24, 2015
Marriott University Park Hotel
Tucson, Arizona

Purpose

The Eighth Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference on Health and the Environment will provide information to motivate and encourage youth to take responsibility for their overall health and become better stewards of their environment.

Objectives and Activities

During the conference, youth will:

  • Learn about health promotion and making healthy choices through fun and interactive workshops;
  • Bring awareness that people’s health and well-being are directly connected to how we all treat the land, air and water;
  • Prepare for higher education and become oriented to the University of Arizona

Target Audience

The conference is designed for American Indian youth ages 12 to 19 years old.

Location

The conference will be held at the Marriott University Park Hotel located at 880 E. Second Street, Tucson, Arizona 85719.

For more information about the conference location, visit the website at:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tusup-tucson-marriott-university-park

Registration

The conference is open to the first 100 youth with paid registrations. Complete the following required forms (MSWord or PDF) and return to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA), along with payment:

  • Group Registration (Chaperones must include their names on the registration form)
  • Youth and Parent/Guardian Release Form (Must be signed by youth and parent/guardian)
  • Emergency Contact Information Form (Must be signed by parent/guardian)
  • Chaperone Release Form (Must be signed by chaperone)

All registration forms are due by Friday, May 29, 2015, to ITCA

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