After 39.98 years of dedicated service to the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, Connie Schreppel has decided to retire. Connie has overseen numerous improvements and upgrades in her career and will be leaving a legacy that will be hard to match. Connie has been a friend to Rural Water, assisting numerous staff members with input and direction while sitting on various operational committees. Connie also was a founding member and Co-Chair of the NYWARN (New York Water & Wastewater Agency Response Network). Her input and guidance have helped promote the startup and growth of this invaluab
I just read a most interesting article share by Molly Reed, our Training Specialist about a new playground in the city that soaks up it’s storm water. Much planning, design and construction went into this project to build a playground on a public school complex of which this area continuously flooded with every heavy rainfall.
The NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) announced that $50 million in water infrastructure grants are now available to local governments for critical water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. The $50 million in funding is part of $200 million in grants expected through the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) over the next three state fiscal years to fund municipal wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects that improve water quality and protect public health.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) has reported the “hacking” of a U.S. water utility’s website by an apparent supporter of the Islamic State using the moniker “Phenomene Dz.” The main page of the utility’s website was defaced with a message from the hacker. The hack also left inaccessible the website for visitors. T he message from the hacker states, “We Will Continue (sic) Hacking Your WebSites To Send OUR MESSAGE.”