The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Pueblo of Jemez $209,720 to support watershed protection activities.
The pueblo will use these funds to assess the condition of 12 miles of the Jemez River system, as well as assess sediment in the Vallecito Creek watershed, EPA said.
“Healthy watersheds benefit communities by improving water quality, controlling water flow and flooding, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife,” said Regional Administrator Anne Idsal. “EPA is pleased to partner with the Pueblo of Jemez to achieve these benefits on pueblo lands.”
Working with partners, the Pueblo of Jemez Natural Resources Department will use the results of some previous studies to develop a wetlands program plan for pueblo lands and watersheds.
The pueblo will also use the information to conduct outreach activities and demonstrate best management practices for pueblo watersheds.