October 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $4 Million for 16 Tribes in Nevada

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarding over $4,000,000 to 16 tribes across Nevada. The funding will support investments in environmental protection and infrastructure improvement programs.

“Tribal nations in Nevada are working hard to protect their health, conserve their natural resources and improve their infrastructure. I’m grateful to see the Environmental Protection Agency assist their efforts, and I will continue to do everything in my power to make sure Native Americans in Nevada continue to receive the federal funding they need to support their everyday lives.”

BACKGROUND:

In Nevada, the EPA funding will support reservation-wide recycling programs, pilot curbside recycling and develop programs to monitor, protect and improve air quality while also building public awareness of these efforts. Additional examples of work being funded include:

  • The Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation for technical assistance to assess an old day school building. This assistance will help facilitate the tribes’ plan to renovate the building into tribal offices.
  • The Washoe Tribe for technical assistance to evaluate potential contamination at two properties in the Dresslerville Community. The tribe’s redevelopment plan included developing a community resource center preserving and showcasing their tribe’s culture.
  • The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s Water Quality Program to work with the EPA and local partners to better understand and address factors that led to widespread beach closures at Pyramid Lake in 2020 after the detection of harmful algal blooms and cyanotoxins.

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