Three tribes in Oregon awarded more than $34 million for water and sanitation systems

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In a recent Press releaseUS Senators from Oregon Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced a total of $34,013,174 that will be allocated to three Native tribes in the state.

Wyden and Merkley fought for funding for tribal water improvements – something included in the Infrastructure Employment and Investments Act (IIJA) of which Wyden is the author. Merkely is chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that funds these projects.

“Water is a human right, and tribal communities in Oregon have suffered for too long from unsafe and unreliable access to this essential right,” Wyden said. “Today’s news is a good step in righting these longstanding injustices, and I will continue to work until all tribes in Oregon and the country can drink their water with confidence in its quality. .”

These federal grants will fund projects designed to improve essential services such as water wells, on-site sewage disposal systems, and access to water supply and sewage disposal systems. community. It is expected that along with improved water infrastructure for tribal communities, these improvements will reduce hospital visits related to respiratory, skin and soft tissue, and gastroenteric diseases. . It is also estimated that every dollar spent on water will save $1.23 in direct health costs.

“Turning on the tap and accessing safe, clean water shouldn’t depend on your income or zip code,” Merkley said. “This important funding will help the United States meet its treaty and trust obligations and provide support to ensure individuals and families have access to clean water and sewage disposal in their homes. and reduce diseases related to poor water quality and sanitation.”

Total funding will be allocated as follows:

  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs: $25,825,685
  • Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: $5,007,500
  • Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians: $3,114,989
  • Western Oregon District Office: $65,000

India’s health service funding allocation decisions coincide with recommendations from the country’s tribal leaders to “prioritize funding for projects that have completed the planning phase and can begin the design and construction phase immediately, and to provide sufficient funding for planning and design activities to secure projects. ready to fund.

From: Ethan Hauck

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