EPA encourages more tribes to develop water quality
Another tribe won approval to develop its own water quality standards on Wednesday as the Obama administration works to help Indian Country exercise more sovereignty over their natural resources.
The Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada will be treated in a manner similar to a state under the Clean Water Act. The designation marks the 51st approval of its kind from the Environmental Protection Agency.
But Administrator Gina McCarthy said that's not enough because it covers just a small percentage of eligible reservations. She wants more tribes to be able to protect one of their most precious resources.