The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) at West Virginia University will hold its annual Environmental Training Institute for Small Communities July 2629, 2005, in Morgantown. Course descriptions, a registration form, and additional information are available on the NESC Web site at http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/netcsc/Institute05/OPENING.htm .

Now in its sixth year, the Institute has garnered a reputation for being informative, useful, and enjoyable. Past participants have come from around the region and the country to learn about drinking water, wastewater, utility management, and financial issues as they relate to small and rural communities.

Weve put together a really good program,says John Hoornbeek, NESC director of training.Were keeping the most popular courses from previous Institutes�€such as the various drinking water and intensive wastewater sessions�€and developing new ones based on participant suggestions. Regardless of the particular topic, all the sessions are designed with small community sustainability in mind. The practical knowledge you gain at NESC s Institute can be put to immediate use in your community.

Because so many people requested it, weve also built in more time for networking with other attendees, instructors, and NESC staff,Hoornbeek continues.As always, well have a reception in the exhibit hall on Tuesday evening (July 26) and the popular cookout at Coopers Rock State Park on Thursday (July 28).

The 2005 Institute will feature various sessions that cover the following topics:

  • Managing a drinking water system
  • Managing a wastewater system
  • Alternative onsite wastewater system technologies
  • Understanding financial matters
  • Running water and wastewater utilities effectively and sustainably

In addition to these training sessions, the Institute features tours to a wastewater treatment plant and to NESC s onsite wastewater training facility.

Anyone involved in small community water, wastewater, or utility management issues will benefit by attending the Institute. Past attendees have included community leaders, technical assistance providers, state regulatory officials, environmental trainers, planners, utility managers, and treatment system staff.

Based at West Virginia University, NESC is a national leader in the areas of drinking water, wastewater, environmental training, solid waste, infrastructure security, and utility management in small and rural communities. To learn more about NESC , call (800) 624-8301 or visit _ www.nesc.wvu.edu _ . For details about the Institute, contact Craig Mains at extension 5583 or e-mail _ cmains@mail.wvu.edu _ .