Reclamation awards $3 million to 17 Tribes for water projects

Photo credit: The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Click the link to read the release on the Reclamation website (Peter Soeth):

The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that 17 Tribes in eight states will receive $3 million to support water management projects. The Native American Affairs Technical Assistance to Tribes Program supports Tribes through projects including water need studies, water quality data collection and assessments, and water measurement studies.

“Reclamation is committed to working with Tribes and Tribal organizations as they develop, manage and protect their water resources,” said Acting Commissioner David Palumbo. “This funding will help Tribes and Tribal Nations as they address the long-term drought and meet their critical water needs.”

This program provides Tribes financial assistance to implement projects to support their water management projects. This investment will complement the funding provided by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s investments to support Tribal communities and ensure they have the resources they need to bolster climate resilience and develop their water resources.

The Native American Affairs Technical Assistance Program is one part of how Reclamation is responding to drought and climate change across the West as part of the White House Interagency Drought Relief Working Group, part of the National Climate Task Force created by President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The working group, chaired by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, is working to build upon existing resources and coordinate across the federal government, working in partnership with state, local, and Tribal governments to address the needs of communities suffering from drought-related impacts.

Projects

The funding will be provided to the Tribes as grants or cooperative agreements. The projects selected are:

  • Fort McDowell Pumping System Replacement, $200,000 (Arizona)
  • Fort Mojave Tribe Irrigation Pump Replacement, $200,000 (Arizona)
  • San Carlos Apache Water Metering Project, $200,000 (Arizona)
  • Big Valley Band Planning for Water Recycling/Reuse, $199,563 (California)
  • Chemehuevi Tribe Capacity Building, $10,000 (California)
  • Paskenta Band Water Resource Management Plan, $192,921 (California)
  • Robinson Rancheria Water Resource Planning, $191,695 (California)
  • Fort Belknap Indian Community Stock Watering Well Assessment, $200,000 (Montana)
  • Ponca Tribe Water Quality Baseline Assessment, $197,779 (Nebraska)
  • Walker River Paiute Tribe Climate Resilience Planning, $200,000 (Nevada)
  • Chickasaw Nation Irrigation System Efficiencies, $190,000 (Oklahoma)
  • Choctaw Nation Livestock Watering Improvements, $108,504 (Oklahoma)
  • Kiowa Tribe Groundwater Investigation, $200,000 (Oklahoma)
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation Farm Pond Restoration, $200,000 (Oklahoma)
  • Klamath Tribes Phosphorus Removal Study, $199,383 (Oregon)
  • Umatilla Tribes Planning for Irrigation System Efficiencies, $194,239 (Oregon)
  • Snoqualmie Tribe Wetland Treatment Installation, $83,866 (Washington)
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