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Reclamation awards $3.4 million to 19 tribes for technical assistance in water development

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615,

For Release: August 29, 2019

A lake in the mountains.
A lake in the mountains.
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation is awarding $3.4 million to 19 tribes across the western United States for technical assistance as they develop, manage, and protect their water and related resources. The funding is being made available through Reclamation's Native American Affairs Technical Assistance to Tribes Program.

"This funding provides the opportunity for Reclamation and the tribes to collaborate in finding the most effective and efficient ways to improve water reliability for these tribal communities," said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman.

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


  • Hopi Tribe, develop georeferenced base maps of community water systems, $200,000
  • Quechan Indian Tribe, Tonawanda Lateral Structure Replacement, $171,346
  • Yavapai-Apache Tribe, domestic water system infrastructure and repair, $200,000


  • Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria, Singley Hill well production and treatment facilities, $200,000
  • Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians, water supply well completion, $98,746
  • Cahto Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria, baseline stream monitoring and planning, $200,000
  • Colusa Community Council, community water system improvements, $200,000
  • Fort Independence Community of Paiute Indians, S7-3 Lateral Irrigation Improvement Project, $200,000
  • La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, drinking water supply improvements, $65,299
  • Hoopa Valley Indian Tribe, assess threats to drinking water supply, $181,980
  • Pinoleville Pomo Nation, Ackerman Creek environmental streamflow conservation projects, $194,303
  • Quartz Valley Indian Community, water resource management model, $159,022
  • Round Valley Indian Tribes, groundwater model for basin-wide groundwater management plan, $200,000


  • Coeur D’Alene Tribe, water quality monitoring and assessment of Lake Coeur D’Alene, $195,979
  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, irrigation project surface water management program, $200,000


  • Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, process improvements for failing water treatment plants in Choctaw Territory, $197,637
  • Osage Nation, water system assessment project, $199,973


  • Klamath Tribes, Sprague River watershed nutrient assessment, $96,168


  • Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, Upper Snoqualmie River resilient water corridor management plan, $199,995
  • Stillaquamish Tribe of Indians of Washington, water resources program development, $200,000

The Native American and International Affairs Office in the Commissioner's Office serves as the central coordination point for the Native American Affairs Program and lead for policy guidance for Native American issues in Reclamation. To learn more, please visit

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