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A new U.S. EPA publication will help Indian tribes design and implement successful water quality programs. The Guidance on Awards of Grants to Indian Tribes sets goals and requirements for grant recipients and provides a framework for evaluating program results. The guidelines will help redefine how tribes implement the Clean Water Act to protect, restore and maintain the integrity of the nation’s waters.
During the past 10 years, EPA has increased funding for the grants from $3 million to $25 million a year. Many tribes have implemented successful water quality programs under these grants. The guide will serve as a one-stop reference for major water quality activities. It will increase uniformity in program management nationally while providing tribes with the flexibility to adapt to local situations. It will also help improve the quality and access to data on the results of the grant investments.
Reporting requirements and data management expectations for all tribal programs are key components of this guidance. Data collected as a result of these requirements will help EPA measure results and comply with the Government Performance and Results Act and other federal mandates.