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EPA Grants $62.6 Million to Tribes in Three States for Enviro Programs

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards $62.6 million in cleanup and water-improvement grants to tribes in California, Arizona and Nevada.
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Dozens of tribes in Arizona, California and Nevada will collectively receive $62.6 million in funding for environmental programs, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure development and community education, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced at its recent 24th annual Regional Tribal Conference in San Francisco.

“Tribes continue to make great strides in environmental protection and improving public health,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, in a statement on October 25. “This year, EPA is supporting water infrastructure and environmental programs for Pacific Southwest tribes with over $62 million in funding.”

Nearly 100 Navajo Nation homes will receive piped-in water, thanks to a $3.71 million grant to fund two waterline extension projects that will pipe water to 98 tribal homes for the first time, the EPA said. The Yurok Tribe has cleared a surface drinking water source of a 2014 E. coli outbreak with grant money, the EPA said. On the Tohono O’odham Nation Reservation, $1.5 million will be used to connect two water systems and upgrade arsenic treatment, in a project that will serve 73 tribal homes. The money also helped fund an environmental youth camp run by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s Natural Resources Department. The young people learned about environmental problems and impacts, traditional resources, and cultural ways of protecting their lands, and got some tips on living off the land, according to the EPA.