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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2020 ITCA Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year

Attention Tribal Water and Wastewater Professionals:

Have you noticed a water/wastewater operator working in Indian Country…

• Going above and beyond their assigned job duties?
• Lending support to a co-worker or staff member?
• Providing assistance to another utility?
• Volunteering in the community?
• Going the extra mile in any form?

Here is your chance to acknowledge and celebrate their efforts and hard work. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) is requesting nominations for the 2020 Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year Award.

Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination to show appreciation for the quality and integrity of the work done by an operator of a Tribal water or wastewater system that is located within the ITCA National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program service area, which includes USEPA Regions 5 through 10. Nominations should be submitted by those who have personally witnessed the great work of the operator being nominated.

How to Nominate an Operator
Complete the attached Nomination Form and return it to ITCA either by:
o Email: waquin.preston@itcaonline.com or harrenson.gorman@itcaonline.com
o Fax: (602) 258-4825, or
o Mail: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
TRIBAL WATER DEPARTMENT
Attention: Waquin Preston
2214 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

2020 Operator of the Year Nomination Packet Coming Soon!

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2020 Training Calendar Coming Soon!

COMING SOON!

2020 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 2020. Periodic updates with listings of planned training’s and exam events will be posted on this webpage as they are confirmed.

Host Venues Wanted
If you are looking for operator training’s near you, please consider hosting a training/certification examination event in 2020. 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 2020. Please note: the information listed here is in draft form and may be subject to change.

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Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 TBD Region 7

Operator Training/Certification Exam Event Date Location
Computer-Based Testing 2020 year-around Nationwide
Paper-Booklet Exam Session    
Program Advisory Committee Meeting February 26, 2020 Phoenix, AZ
Region 9
EPA Region 9 Tribal Drinking Water Conference  May 4-7, 2020  Las Vegas, NV
Region 9
Safe Drinking Water Act 101 Training Course  March 30-April 2, 2020  Chandler, AZ
Region 9
Safe Drinking Water Act 101 Training Course September 28-October 1, 2020 Albuquerque, NM
Region 6
Wastewater Operator Regulations & Operator Workgroup Meeting July 6-9, 2020 Santa Ana, NM
Region 6
Small Wastewater Treatment Lagoons Training January 29-30, 2020 Fort Wingate, NM
Region 6
Backflow Assembly Tester  March 23-28, 2020
Registration Closed
Tempe, AZ
Region 9
Tribal Utility Management Training  March 30-April 3, 2020  Coachella, CA
Region 9
General Module & Very Small Water System February 3-7, 2020
Training Postponed
Hopland, CA
Region 9 
General Module & Very Small Water System May 11-15, 2020  Blue Lake, CA
Region 9
Water Distribution – Level 1 February 10-14, 2020   Sloan, IA
Region 7
Water Distribution – Level 1 March 9-13, 2020
Registration Closed
Laughlin, NV
Region 9
Water Distribution – Level 1 April 6-10, 2020  Flagstaff, AZ
Region 9
Water Distribution – Level 1 June 1-5, 2020   Reno, NV
Region 9
Water Distribution – Level 1 June 15-19, 2020  Browning, MT
Region 8
Water Distribution – Level 2 August 17-21, 2020  Region 9
Water Treatment – Level 1 April 20-23, 2020 Mobridge, SD
Region 8
Water Treatment – Level 1 July 13-17, 2020  Flagstaff, AZ
Region 9
Water Treatment – Level 1 July 27-31, 2020   Horton, KS
Region 7
Water Treatment – Level 1 April 27-May 1, 2020 Fulton, MI
Region 5
Water Treatment – Level 1 August 3-7, 2020  Albuquerque, NM
Region 6
Water Treatment – Level 1 August 24-28, 2020  Kingston, WA
Region 10
Water Treatment – Level 2 September 14-18, 2020 Alpine, CA
Region 9
Wastewater Collection – Level 1 August 11-13, 2020  Banning, CA Region 9
Wastewater Collection – Level 1 August 25-27, 2020  Lawton, OK
Region 6
Wastewater Collection – Level 1 September 9-11, 2020 Portland, OR
Region 10
Wastewater Collection – Level 2  September 14-18, 2020 Camp Verde, AZ
Region 9 
Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 May 18-22, 2020 Bismarck, ND
Region 8
Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 TBD Region 7
Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 July 27-31, 2020  Winterhaven, CA
Region 9
Wastewater Treatment – Level 2 August 31-September 4, 2020  Maricopa, AZ
Region 9
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Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshop

Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshop

ITCA is pleased to offer free, Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshop 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 Workshop. For more information on how to bring this event to your utility, please contact the Tribal Water Department 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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