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DALLAS — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma $120,000 to provide continued support for the tribe’s water pollution control program, according to a press release.

The funds will be used to take water samples to assess surface water quality on tribal lands, compile data which may show changes over time and determine if a more thorough watershed management program is needed, stated the release.

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Sampling data will determine whether water quality standards are being met, note any changes in the quality or condition of the tribe’s water and provide planning tools to improve the function and health of stream ecosystems.

The mission of the EPA is to protect public health and the environment. The EPA supports efforts to improve the quality of tribal land watersheds, noted the release.

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This cooperative spirit supports work to protect water quality that ensures the health of watersheds that cross state and tribal boundaries.

Read the entire press release here.