The Overarching Goal of this proposed program is to identify/evaluate solutions to water and wastewater disposal problems in distressed & socially vulnerable Native American communities.
To achieve the overarching goal, this program intends to address the following objectives/purposes in the Navajo Nation as well as other tribal communities in Arizona:
Objective 1: Identify and evaluate water and waste disposal issues and solutions in the distressed & socially vulnerable Native American communities of Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe, and additional qualifying Native American communities in Arizona.
Objective 2: Develop water/waste disposal projects addressing identified water/waste disposal issues, including water contamination by emerging contaminants.
Objective 3: Increase public awareness of the water safety and security challenges and solutions through in-community outreach, educational workshops, hands-on training, distribution of educational materials, and demonstration project development.
Objective 4: Increase participation of socially disadvantaged (SDA) Native American communities, organizations, individuals, and groups in USDA Rural Development (RD) utilities grant programs.
Objective 5: Strengthen long-term sustainability of the program by attracting state, and private funding to implement viable solutions to address water/waste disposal problems.
Objective 6: Assist rural community recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and build tribal community resiliency in the face of a changing climate.