Reclamation to award $320M for tribal water infrastructure

By Jennifer Yachnin | 04/03/2024 04:04 PM EDT

The Bureau of Reclamation will consider projects across 17 states.

A man waits for a water drum to fill up.

A man waits for a water drum to fill up in Teesto, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation on Feb. 11, 2021. Felicia Fonseca/AP

The Bureau of Reclamation is launching its application process to fund up to $320 million in water infrastructure projects for Native American tribes.

Reclamation announced Tuesday that it will accept proposals through Aug. 4 from tribes located across 17 states where it manages water supplies, hydropower facilities and other infrastructure.

The agency will fund up to 100 percent of the planning, design and construction of projects, drawing funds from the Inflation Reduction Act. Each construction project could be awarded up to $50 million, in addition to $3 million for planning studies and $5 million for design.


“Reclamation is working hard on projects that support water conservation and infrastructure improvements across Indigenous communities,” Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton said in a statement.