Reclamation Awards $1.375 Million Contract for Cultural Resources Program Management Support of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

Media Contact: Justyn Liff, 970-248-0625, jliff@usbr.gov
Ernie Rheaume, 970-385-6521, erheaume@usbr.gov

For Release: September 11, 2018

DURANGO, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $1.375 million contract to Logan Simpson of Tempe, Arizona, for five years of management support of the cultural resources program associated with the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

This contract will ensure Tribal organizations claiming affiliation of lands and traditional cultural properties in the project area will have the opportunity to comment and consult on the effect of the project. Implementation of the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Programmatic Agreement for the project requires Reclamation to utilize independent project management to provide objective and non-partisan communication and coordination with signatories, concurring parties, and other consulting Indian Tribes.

Reclamation is currently constructing the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, located in northwest New Mexico. When completed, it will provide a reliable potable water supply for communities in the eastern portion of the Navajo Nation, the southwest portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the City of Gallup, New Mexico.

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