SAN FRANCISCO — EPA will invest $5.4 million in funding for Northern California tribes’ environmental programs, water infrastructure development, community education and capacity building, according to a press release.

The announcement of the awarded funds was made at the 22nd annual Regional Tribal Conference in Sacramento, California, stated the release.

This year, roughly $2.8 million of the granted funds will be used to continue tribal environmental programs, cleanup open dumps, conduct small construction projects, target community outreach, drought mitigation and community education, continued the release.

The release reported that the remaining funds will be utilized for a wide range of water quality projects including watershed protection and restoration, water and energy efficiency, wastewater reclamation and treatment systems.

The funds will also help support drinking water infrastructure, plant operator training and technical assistance, noted the release.

“This funding will help conserve precious water resources, create jobs and improve the quality of life on tribal lands,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest.

You can find the release here.