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Pyramid Lake Paiute Indian Tribe Nonpoint Source Assessment and Management Plan

Nonpoint source (NPS) discharges to aquatic systems have been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and other professional water quality scientists as important sources of polutants. In many cases, these pollutants interfere with the intended beneficial uses of these waterbodies. Indeed, this problem is of such widespread occurrence that Congress enacted Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (in 1987) and established a national program to assess and control NPS pollution. Since that time, the States have begun to address concerns by formally documenting existing NPS problem sites and conducting reconnaissance studies to identify previously unknown problem sites. The Clean Water Act (as amended in 1987) extends the opportunity for Indian Tribes to take a greater administrative role in environmental protection within their borders. However, many Tribes do not have the institutional capability nor the historical data base to immediately being NPS implementation projects. Because of this deficiency, the USEPA made $500,000 of Abatement, Compliance, and Control funds available during FY 1992, nation-wide, to assist Tribes to become eligible for Section 319 grants. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe received $48,000 of these monies to being the process of NPS pollution control to waters of their Reservation.


Martin E. Lebo John Reuter Charles R. Goldman

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