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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2018 Calendar of Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Training and Examination Events

The National Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Training Calendar is now ready!
To view click here: 2018 Training & Events Calendar

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 2018. Please note:  the information listed here is draft and may be subject to change.

Click Here: USEPA Regional Map

 

Operator Training/Certification Exam Event Date Location
Advisory Committee Spring Meeting March 26, 2018 Phoenix, AZ
Region 9
Tribal Operator Workgroup-Spring Meeting March 27-28, 2018 Phoenix, AZ
Region 9
Region 9 Tribal Drinking Water Symposium May 21-24, 2018 Reno, NV
Region 9
Advisory Committee Fall Meeting August 28, 2018 Temecula, CA
Region 9
National O&M Summit August 29-30, 2018 Temecula, CA
Region 9
General Module & Very Small Water Systems February 26-March 2, 2018 Nice, CA
Region 9
General Module & Very Small Water Systems April 30-May 4, 2018 Anacortes, WA
Region 10
Safe Drinking Water Act 101 Training Course March 19-22, 2018 Ft. Wingate, NM
Region 6
Safe Drinking Water Act 202 Training Course June 25-27, 2018 Phoenix, AZ
Region 9
Tribal Utility Management April 23-27, 2018 Valley Center, CA
Region 9
Water Distribution-Level 1 April 30-May 4, 2018 Flagstaff, AZ
Region 9
Water Distribution-Level 1 May 14-18, 2018 Mescalero, NM
Region 6
Water Distribution-Level 1 August 13-17, 2018 Gardnerville, NV
Region 9
Water Distribution-Level 2 March 12-16, 2018 Ft. Pierre, SD
Region 8
Water Distribution-Level 2 July 16-20, 2018 Big Pine, CA
Region 9
Water Distribution-Level 2 July 30-August 3, 2018 Onawa, IA
Region 7
Water Distribution-Level 2 November 5-9, 2018 Albuquerque, NM
Region 6
Water Distribution-Level 2 December 3-7, 2018 Keshena, WI
Region 5
Water Distribution-Level 3 July 30-August 3, 2018 Parker, AZ
Region 9
Water Treatment-Level 1 April 9-12, 2018 Camp Verde, AZ
Region 9
Water Treatment-Level 1 April 9-13, 2018 Albuquerque, NM
Region 6
Water Treatment-Level 1 October 1-4, 2018 White Cloud, KS
Region 7
Water Treatment-Levels 1 & 2 October 22-26, 2018 Nome, AK
Region 10
Water Treatment-Levels 1 & 2 October 29-November 2, 2018 Ketchikan, AK
Region 10
Water Treatment-Level 2 June 11-15, 2018 Maricopa, AZ
Region 9
Water Treatment-Level 2 October 15-19, 2018 New Town, ND
Region 8
Water Treatment-Level 3 September 10-14, 2018 Smith River, CA
Region 9
Wastewater Collection-Level 1 April 3-5, 2018 Winterhaven, CA
Region 9
Wastewater Collection-Level 1 July 24-26, 2018 Macy, NE
Region 7
Wastewater Collection-Level 1 August 27-29, 2018 Pablo, MT
Region 8
Wastewater Collection-Level 2 June 4-8, 2018 Santa Fe, NM
Region 6
Wastewater Collection-Level 2 December 3-7, 2018 Chandler, AZ
Region 9
Wastewater Treatment-Level 1 March 12-16, 2018 Pauma Valley, CA
Region 9
Wastewater Treatment-Level 1 May 14-18, 2018 Hayward, WI
Region 5
Wastewater Treatment-Level 2 August 6-10, 2018 Chandler, AZ
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session March 7, 2018 Thermal, CA
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session March 15, 2018 Upper Lake, CA
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session May 10, 2018 Smith River, CA
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session May 24, 2018 Reno, NV
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session August 9, 2018 Laughlin, NV
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session August 21, 2018 Tuba City, AZ
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session September 26, 2018 Coachella, CA
Region 9

NEW!! Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshops

Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshops

ITCA is pleased to offer free, Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshops that we bring to your location and custom-tailor to your specific water/wastewater utility program.

Attached is a brochure for the Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshops. For more information on how to bring this event to your utility, please contact the Tribal Water Department at (602)258-4822.

Click Here: Brochure for Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshops

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NEW! Tribal Utility Management Certification – Level 1 (TUMC-1)

For Tribal Water and Wastewater Utility Personnel

The purpose of the Tribal Utility Management Certification – Level 1 (TUMC-1) is to create a standardized pathway for Tribal water professionals to advance into and ascend through the field of water and wastewater utility management.  The TUMC-1 is designed specifically for experienced Tribal water/wastewater utility professionals that are newly entering into utility program management.  The TUMC-1 professional certification is a voluntary mechanism that can be used to strengthen one’s career as well as the credibility and integrity of Tribal water utility programs.

Testing for TUMC-1 is available during the current Year-Round Computer-Based Testing, which is available from January 6, 2017 through December 30, 2017, at 200 regional testing centers. Click the link below to register and apply.

Click Here: 2017 Computer-Based Testing Period (Year-Round): Announcement and Registration 

Click Here: Application for Tribal Utility Management

Please contact our office for more information by phone at (602) 258-4822.

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Technical Assistance to Tribal Communities

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Tribal Water System Program is dedicated to providing technical assistance to tribes in order to develop technical, managerial, and financial capacity (TMF), as well as water & wastewater utility sustainability through education, access to resources, training, and technical assistance. The program partners with federal agencies and other organizations to ensure these services are available to Tribal Water Utility operators and managers.

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