The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $106,807 to the Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, for restoration efforts, outreach and environmental education.
The Taos Pueblo of New Mexico is implementing a non-point source pollution program to restore the Rio Pueblo de Taos watershed.
The Pueblo will enhance riparian zones and vegetated areas adjacent to streams and wetlands, to help intercept and control pollution entering the water body.
The Clean Water Act authorizes EPA to provide administration and oversight of its programs and it also empowers states and local jurisdictions the ability to mitigate the effects of non-point source pollution.
EPA said non-point source pollution comes from scattered sources and can reach rivers through polluted runoff from rain and snow.