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The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation partnered up with USDA Rural Development to construct a new 720,000 gallon storage tank.



























      The Northwest Lummi Reservation Water System Improvement Project received $492,000 in loan funds and $634,137 in grant funds to connect to the Lummi water and sewer system.

    The Gooseberry Point Water System Integration Project is another independent water system that the Lummi have acquired and will  upgrade for fire flow and connection to their system using $381,000 in loan and $391,395 in grant funds from USDA Rural Development.

Other Funding Projects -

- USDA Rural Development approved a water and waste disposal loan for $356,890 and grant of $400,000 to be used to connect tribal users in the northwestern part of the Lummi Reservation to a new water supply.

- The Yakama Nation Tribal Council passed a resolution in July 2001 creating a Parker Water Utility District with the intent of owning, operating and maintains a future water system.  At a total cost of $2.9 million from USDA Rural Development Loan/Grant funding leveraged with EPA and other Washington State funding, the project will consist of developing two well sources, a single reservoir and a distribution system.

- A Water and Waste Disposal Grant of $80,000 through Section 306c Native American earmarked funds was approved for the Spokane Tribe of Indians to put steel walls and a roof on a solid waste transfer station that is being constructed with tribal funds of $30,000; Indian Health Services funding of $283,000 and EPA funding of $38,569.

- The Squaxin Island Tribe currently operates three distinct water systems that serve a population of 405 people. In 1993 and 1994, EPA notified the tribe that it was in violation of the Lead and Copper rule and does not meet sanitary location requirements. To bring the tribe into compliance, USDA Rural Development approved a loan of $344,200 and a Native American Set-Aside Program Grant of $800,000, leveraged with funds and in-kind contributions to provide tribal residents with safe drinking water.

     The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation,  in partnership with USDA Rural Development, made needed improvements to their water system, which included the construction of a new 720,000 gallon storage tank and stand pipe, refurbishing the existing 115,000 gallon tank, and replacing existing well pumps.


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 Last modified: February 22, 2006