$31M grant to farmers, ranchers, agencies, more…

By Oregon Family Farm Association,

Oregon ranchers, farmers, tribes, state agencies and nonprofits will receive $31 million to clean toxic pollution from the Columbia River and its tributaries, the last of the $79 million allocated two years ago by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve the Columbia River Basin’s health, according to the Idaho Capital Sun. The money, which comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will be distributed among the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ($2 million each), the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality ($6 million), the Portland nonprofits Salmon-Safe ($6 million) and Freshwater Trust ($5.6 million), while several other nonprofits in Portland and Corvallis working with the EPA will receive between $4 million and $5.5 million to reduce stormwater entering the river.

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