The National Environmental Training Center for Small Communities (NETCSC) is accepting registration for its premier training eventEnvironmental Training Institute for Small Communitiesscheduled for July 31 to Aug. 5 at West Virginia University .

This six-day event for trainers, technical assistance providers, and local officials will feature NETCSC ’s training courses on managing wastewater, drinking water and solid waste services in small communities. The event also will provide networking opportunities, facility tours, exhibits, technical assistance and presentations on key issues such as meeting your community’s environmental needs.

Among the Institute faculty are George Maughan, Ed.D.; Rhonda Sherman; Christopher King, MS, CET ; and Lorene Lindsay. All are nationally recognized trainers, who are experts in environmental system management, small and alternative technologies and small community issues.

They specialize in adult learning and delivering training to trainers, technical assistance providers and small community decision-makers.

Institute course offerings include:

  • Assessing Wastewater Options for Small Communities: A Train-the-Trainer Session
  • Assessing Wastewater Options for Small Communities: A Course for Local Decision-makers
  • Managing a Small Drinking Water System: A Short Course for Local Officials
  • Managing a Small Drinking Water System: A Train-the-Trainer Session
  • Solid Waste Management Options for Small Communities: A Course for Local Decision-makers with a Train-the-Trainer Follow-up
  • Training Adults in Remote Classrooms: Demystifying Distance Delivery.

The sessions will address the technical, managerial, financial and regulatory aspects of small system decision-making.

Institute participants may opt to attend one or more facility tours including trips to a small centralized wastewater treatment plant, the National Onsite Demonstration Project (NODP) site and two solid waste recycling facilities. There will be a barbecue at scenic Coopers Rock State Forest following these tours that will allow participant networking and discussions to continue in an informal atmosphere.

A resource room will provide participants with the opportunity to perform database searches for information about wastewater and drinking water issues. Technical specialists from the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse (NDWC) and the National Small Flows Clearinghouse (NSFC), along with Training Specialists from NETCSC , will be available to assist participants with questions.

The Institute’s co-sponsors, the NSFC , the NDWC , the NODP and NETCSC will showcase their resources in an Exhibit Room. A video previewing area will be available to participants who want to review videos the co-sponsors offer on drinking water, wastewater and solid waste issues.

The Institute will be held at the WVU Mountainlair Training and Conference Facility located on the downtown campus. The Mountainlair has a parking garage, a food court, a sit-down restaurant, ATM services, a post office and recreational facilities. It is within walking distance of Morgantown’s downtown shopping area, where visitors will find a variety of specialty shops and restaurants that include Indian, Japanese, health food, family style and ala carte menus.

The downtown area also offers the Rail Trail-51 miles of trails ideal for walking, running, biking or relaxing by the Monongahela River.

NETCSC is a nonprofit organization that helps environmental trainers, assistance providers and local officials improve the quality of drinking water, wastewater and solid waste services for small communities. NETCSC offers environmental training curricula for small communities, as well as extensive information on environmental courses, resources, trainers, training organizations and training activities elsewhere across the U.S.

For information about the Institute, contact Sandra Fallon at (800) 624-8301 or (304) 293-4191 ext. 5582; or Sandy Miller at the listed numbers, ext. 5799. You may also check out the NETCSC