The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Santa Clara Pueblo of New Mexico a grant of nearly $100,000 for a program that will improve water quality in the Santa Clara Creek water shed.
The Pueblo’s program targets non-point source pollution, which is pollution that migrates into rivers through rain and snow runoff, coming from scattered sources. The funding from the EPA will go toward the construction of 300 rock barrier dams, as well as the installation of flow modification structures. These measures are expected to limit the amount of sediment and nutrients that are able to find their way into the creek in runoff.
The EPA provides funding and oversight, both through it own programs and through supporting of state and local jurisdiction programs, based on its authority granted in the Clean Water Act. This includes efforts around the country to prevent and lessen the impact non-point source pollution.