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Cochiti Pueblo Partner With EPA on Water Issues With Green Infrastructure

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The Cochiti Pueblo of New Mexico are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address water issues via green infrastructure projects that will mitigate flooding, enhance drainage and boost drinking water systems, the federal agency announced on September 30.

Located 55 miles north of Albuquerque, the Pueblo de Cochiti’s 1,175 members live on a 53,779-acre reservation, according to the tribe’s website.

The main enterprises include farming, livestock, recreational, economic development and agricultural ventures, the Pueblo said. There is also a golf course.

It’s part of the EPA’s with communities on projects promoting environmental justice, creating sustainable practices for local industry and building environmentally friendly infrastructure, the agency said. Examples of green infrastructure are the use of vegetation, soils and natural processes to manage storm water and create healthier urban environments, the EPA said.

“EPA is committed to helping our tribal partners take action to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry in a statement. “We will continue to engage these important communities and tribal leadership who are working every day to build a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous future.”

The Cochiti Pueblo were one of several tribes suffering water-related aftereffects of the Las Conchas fire of 2011.

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