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EPA AWARDS $110,854 TO SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA FOR WETLANDS PROTECTION

 EPA AWARDS $110,854 TO SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA
 FOR WETLANDS PROTECTION
 ATLANTA, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that federal funds totaling $110,854 have been awarded to the Seminole Tribe of Florida to assist the tribe with development and enforcement of water quality standards for wetlands on Seminole tribal lands.
 In announcing the grant award, EPA Water Division Director, W. Ray Cunningham, said: "EPA is pleased to be awarding this grant to the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The development of water quality standards for wetlands will ultimately result in increased protection for the Seminole tribe's valuable wetland resources."
 Craig D. Tepper, director of Water Resource Management for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, said: "The Seminole Tribe of Florida's goals of self-sufficiency and self-determination reflect the commitment to regulate and control its natural resources through environmental program development. This joint EPA, tribal project will assist in the development and implementation of regulatory programs protecting wetlands and water quality. Criteria established by the Tribe will be a key factor in the enforcement of regulatory programs set forth in the Tribal Water Code and Water Rights Compact."
 The money is being awarded through EPA's State Wetland Protection Development Grant Program. In 1990, Congress appropriated funds to establish a grant program specifically aimed at supporting state wetlands protection programs, the development of new state wetlands protection programs or the refinement and enhancement of existing state wetlands programs.
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson, 404-347-3004, or Eric Hughes of the Wetlands Planning Unit, 404-347-2126, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Florida IN: SU: EXE


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