United States
                 Environmental Protection
Office of Water (4101)
www. e pa. g ov/wate r
February 2001
A large number of homes in Indian country lack adequate systems to treat or dispose of
sewage, according to a 1998 report by the Indian Health Service.  If not properly collected,
treated, or disposed of, wastewater can seriously affect the health  of our citizens,  our
ground-water, and our surface waters.  EPA's Office of Wastewater Management provides
financial and technical assistance programs and resource centers to aid Native Americans
with the construction and operation  of wastewater facilities.  Help  can be obtained by
contacting the  following assistance programs or one of EPA's partner organizations  and
agencies as listed below:
                           Wastewater Treatment Lagoon
                           Photo courtesy of Clay Smith, Iowa DNR
                          Financial Assistance
Clean Water Indian Set-Aside (ISA) Grant Program
      Program provides grants to Indian tribes and Alaskan Native Villages for the planning, design, and
      construction of wastewater treatment systems.
             Telephone: (202) 564-0584
 Website: www.epa.gov/owm/mab/indian/

State Revolving Fund (SRF)  Loan Program
       Provides low cost loans to communities for a range of water quality projects, including decentralized
       systems, nonpoint source controls, and estuary protection.  Applicants should apply to the state for a
              S Telephone:  (202) 564-0589       ^ Website:  www.epa.gov/owm/finan.htm

Alaska  Sanitation Grant Program
       Provides grants to Alaska Native Village and rural communities for drinking water and wastewater
       facility construction, and training and technical assistance in facility operation.
               S Telephone:  (907) 465-5180        ^ Website:  www.epa.gov/owm/indian/asaskan.htm
                                 Technical  Assistance
Rural  Community Assistance Program (RCAP)
       Provides no-cost, community-specific information and technical assistance that helps to improve rural
       communities'  ability to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain wastewater systems.  Resources
               M On-site Assistance            M Training              M Publications

            S Telephone:  (202)408-1273               ^ Website: www.rcap.org

Operator On-Site Technical  Assistance  Program - 104(g)
       Provides no-cost, over the shoulder on-site operator assistance for small community wastewater treat-
       ment facilities.  Program improves the performance of small systems with compliance  problems. Re-
       sources include:

               M On-site Operator Training     M Financial Management           M Troubleshooting

                                >T Other Operation and Maintenance Needs

               S Telephone: (202)564-0636             Hf Website: www.epa.gov/owm/tomm.htm
                                   Resource Centers
National Small  Flows Clearinghouse (NSFO
       The NSFC helps small communities reach practical and affordable solutions to wastewater treatment
       problems.   Resources include:

               ^Newsletters       ^Databases        >THotline      >T Publications
                              >T Computer Bulletin Boards

               STelephone: (800)624-8301             ^Website: www.nsfc.wvu.edu


National Environmental  Training Center for  Small Communities  (NETCSC)
       NETCSC develops and delivers training courses and other training materials to environmental trainers
       and state and local officials on wastewater, drinking water, and solid waste services in small communi-
       ties.   Resources include:
               ^Newsletters        ^Databases

               S Telephone: (800)624-8301
   >THotline       ^Training Courses/Materials

   •H^ Website: www.netc.wvu.edu
Tribal Wastewater Training  and Technical Assistance Center
       EPA is currently working with Northern Arizona University to establish the center, which will provide
       training and technical assistance to tribes in the planning, desing, operations, and maintenance of waste-
       water systems.  Resources include:

                   ^Newsletters, Publications

               S Telephone: (202)564-0636
       >TTraining Courses/Materials

      >T On- Site Technical Assistance

  'Website: www.epa.gov/owm/tomm.htm
                               Other  Partner Agencies
Indian  Health  Service - Sanitation Facilities  Construction  Program
       Provides funding for drinking water, wastewater, and solid waste disposal facilities for American Indians.
       IHS also provides on-site training and technical assistance for the planning, design, construction, and
       operation and maintenance of facilities. Resources include:
                       M Training

                   Telephone:  (301) 443-1046
   M On-Site Technical Assistance

               •fif Website:  www.ihs.gov
Department of Agriculture - Rural  Utilities Service Water and Waste Disposal
       Provides both loans and grants to rural communities and Indian tribes (with 10,000 people or fewer)
       for drinking water and wastewater systems, and for soilid waste and storm drainage products.  Resources
                              >T Training

               S Telephone: (202)720-1582
>T Technical Assistance

 •fif Website: www.netc.usda.gov/rus

For more information about these programs you may contact the Clean Water Act Indian Set-Aside Grant
Program Contacts listed below.  To request additional copies of this flyer, call (202) 564-0621.  You can also
write to the Small Communities Team at U.S. EPA (4204M), ICC Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20460; or visit our internet site at www.epa.gov/owm/smallc.htm.
                               EPA Clean Water Act
                        Indian Set-Aside  Grant Program
                                  Regional Contacts
EPA Region I (CT, MA, ME, NH, PJ, VT)
Jackie LeClair
1 Congress Street, Suite 1100 (CMU)
Boston, MA 02114-2023
Telephone (617)  918-1549

EPA Region II (NJ, NY)
Muhammad Hatim
290 Broadway,  24th Floor
New York, NY 10007-1866
Telephone (212)  637-3855

EPA Region IV  (AL, GA, FL, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Fred Hunter
61 Forsyth Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3104
Telephone (404)  562-9477

EPA Region V (IL, IN, OH, MI, MN, WI)
Stephen Polonscik
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone (312)  886-0261

EPA Region VI  (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
Gene Wossum
1445 Ross Avenue,  Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75202-2733
Telephone (214)  665-7173
EPA Region VII  (IA, KS, MO, NE)
Don Gibbins
901 North 5th  Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
Telephone (913) 551-7417

EPA Region VIII (CO, MT, ND,  SD, UT, WY)
Terry Griffith
999 18th Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202-2466
Telephone (303) 312-6153

EPA Region IX (AZ, CA, HI, NV)
Loretta Vanegas
75 Hawthorne  Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone (415) 744-1946

EPA Region X (AK, ID, OR, WA)
Geoff Keeler
1200 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone (206) 553-1089

EPA Headquarters
Karen Vanzego - Mail Code 4204
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
Telephone (202) 564-0584