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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Tribal Water Quality Programs


Clean Water Act (CWA)

Section 104(b)(3) provides limited financial assistance for a variety of water quality projects. Some previously-funded examples include the development of a watershed monitoring program, water quality standards, or nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control programs. Funding is generally quite limited, and, as a Region 6 policy, targeted toward Tribes and Pueblos that do not have any of the more in-depth programs listed below.

Section 106 assists Native governments in developing the methods to plan, establish, and maintain a fundamental program for the assessment and protection of water resources. CWA Section 518 requires that a Tribe request and receive Treatment in the Same Manner as a State prior to receiving any funds under this program.

FY 2015 CWA Section 106 Funding Opportunity For Tribes
Prior to February 13, 2015, a full grant application, workplan and budget may be received by electronic submission to R6_EPA_Grants_Programs@epa.gov by 5:30 pm Central Standard Time (CST).
Beginning February 17, 2015, a full grant application, workplan and budget must be received by electronic submission through Grants.gov by 11:59 pm CST on April 2, 2015. Late proposals will not be considered for funding.
First-time applicants must also submit a complete Treatment as a State (TAS) application to be reviewed and approved by EPA or documentation of previous TAS approval prior to receiving Clean Water Act Section 106 funding.

Section 319(h) provides assistance to Tribes and Pueblos to address Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution issues on their lands. This program also requires Treatment in the Same Manner as a State authorization prior to receiving funds.

Wetland Program Development Grants - This program provides eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution as it relates to wetlands. Learn more about Wetlands Program Development Grants from EPA HQ.

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Public Water Supply Supervision Program - provides assistance for Native American water system operation and management training, and technical assistance (circuit rider) projects to develop, expand, or carry out a program for training persons for methods and occupations involving the public health aspects of providing safe drinking water as authorized by the Safe Drinking Water Act ยง1442, 42 U.S.C. 300j-1 on Indian Lands in Region 6

Helpful Links and Resources

EPA American Indian Environmenal Office (AIEO)

Region 6 Application Information

Water Quality Standards on Tribal Lands (EPA national site)

Region 6 Tribal Water Quality Standards Program

Inter-Tribal Environmental Council (ITEC) Exit EPA Disclaimer

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)Exit EPA Disclaimer

National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC) Exit EPA Disclaimer

Water Quality Protection Division Tribal Project Officers

Please reference the Tribal Responsibilities in the Assistance Programs Branch Organization Chart for additional contact information by tribe.

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