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Clean Water Act Section 106 Tribal Water Pollution Control Grant Program


Grants under Section 106 of the CWA are intended to assist Indian Tribes in carrying out effective water pollution control programs. Federally-recognized Indian Tribes or Intertribal Consortia meeting the requirements for Treatment as a State (TAS), as set forth under Section 518 (e) of the Clean Water Act are eligible for these grants. Each member of an Intertribal Consortium must meet the requirements for TAS.

Section 106 grants may be used to fund a wide range of water quality activities including: water quality planning and assessments; development of water quality standards; ambient monitoring; development of total maximum daily loads; issuing permits; ground water and wetland protection; nonpoint source control activities (including nonpoint source assessment and management plans); and Unified Watershed Assessments (UWA) under the Clean Water Action Plan (CWAP). Where a Tribe already has an established water pollution control program, it is encouraged to begin implementing specific program elements, e.g., developing nonpoint source controls, developing and revising Tribal water quality standards, or developing and implementing ground water programs.

Section 106 funds may be used to fund UWA activities under a Section 106 grant agreement, as approved by the Regional Administrator. A Tribe need not have an approved UWA to apply and receive a Section 106 grant.

Tribes must provide a 5% non-federal match of approved grant work plan costs. Recognizing that some Tribes will not be able to meet the match requirement with either Federal funds authorized by statute for matching purposes, or with Tribal funds, EPA welcomes Tribal in-kind contributions toward the match.

Program Guidance

  • Final CWA Sec. 106 Tribal Grant Guidance: FY 2007 + This final Guidance provides a framework for awarding and administering grants to federally recognized Tribes under Section 106 of the Clean Water Act for fiscal year 2007 and future years.

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