EPA awards tribes over $86,000
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $38,553
grant to the Yurok Tribe and $47,798 to the Karuk Tribe
in Northern California to improve solid waste management
practices within their communities following significant
illegal dump cleanups led by a state-funded contractor
with tribal assistance.
To date, more than 200 tons of solid and hazardous waste,
including tires, appliances, batteries, flammable and
toxic solids, and 400 vehicles have been removed from
the Klamath River watershed. The cleanup effort began
in October 2008 and has since significantly reduced health
threats caused by illegal dumping along the Klamath and
The tribes will use the EPA grants to integrate and expand
current recycling programs and develop a system to track
current recycling in an effort to move their communities
back toward sustainable waste management practices.
In August 2008, the California Integrated Waste Management
Board approved $800,000 in initial funding.