EPA announces $43 million for Native American projects

Oct 15, 2014 4:56 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal officials have announced $43 million for Native American environmental projects in Arizona, California and Nevada.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday detailed assistance for tribes on issues ranging from open dumps to waste-water systems.

The biggest change in funding this year is providing money for drought-specific projects. Regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld says 40 tribes in California are in danger of running out of water.

In Arizona, tribes stand to gain nearly $20 million to restore watersheds and improve water and energy efficiency. Nevada tribes will receive almost $5 million.

Almost half of U.S. Indian Country is spread out among 148 tribes in California, Nevada and Arizona. Certain environmental regulations apply to their tribal lands.

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