Environmental Program

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Phone: (760) 872-3614

General Assistance Program (GAP) Grant
Congress passed the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) Act (42.U.S.C. 4368b) in 1992, which authorizes the EPA to provide GAP grants to federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia for planning, developing, and establishing environmental protection programs in Indian Country, as well as for developing and implementing solid and hazardous waste programs on tribal lands. The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe was awarded a GAP grant on September 6, 2006. The purpose of the GAP grant is to carry out capacity-building activities including education and outreach, development of administrative procedures and quality assurance/quality control systems.

Water Pollution Control (106 WP)
The Water Pollution Control grant is to be used to develop and begin the implementation of the Tribe’s water pollution control program by developing a Water Quality Program Plan (QWPP), conduct water quality education, and obtain training on water quality issues. The grant was awarded the Tribe on August 21, 2006.

Resource Conservation Funding
The Solid Waste Management Program is one of many grants available through EPA.  The Resource Conservation Funding is to be used to educate the community about the importance of recycling and reuse of aluminum, plastics, paper, and possibly glass.  The plan is to incorporate green possibilities and develop partnerships to research alternative methods of marketing recyclables. The grant was approved on September 14, 2006, and will establish a sustainable Recycling and Reuse Program.