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USDA Awards Alaskan Organizations total of $1,577,800 in Technical Assistance Grants



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ANCHORAGE, Alaska, August 28, 2014 – USDA-Rural Development (USDA-RD) Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund today announced $1,577,800 was awarded for technical assistance to Alaskan entities. The technical assistance awards include $750,000 in Technical Assistance & Training (TAT) grants and $827,800 for Solid Waste Management Grants (SWM).

"These technical assistance entities are essential in helping rural Alaskan communities increase their capacity for operating and maintaining utility facilities. The results are facilities that are more sustainable, and improve the health and safety for the residents in rural communities and their environment," said Nordlund.

One recipient is the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC). They received a SWM grant, in the amount of $171,000, to provide specialized Hazwoper training; Emergency Response; Incident Command System; Confined Space Awareness; Department of Transportation hazardous waste regulations and Oil Spill Awareness; and First Aid/CPR training to Tribal Solid Waste Managers in rural Alaska. The training will provide communities the skills for effective removal of hazardous materials, which will help reduce contamination of rivers.

The goal of the TAT grant program is to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste water disposal problems in rural areas, and assist entities in preparing their grant applications. This goes to improve the operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas.

The five recipients of the TAT grants are as follows:

  1. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: $182,000
  2. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium: $150,000
  3. Tanana Chiefs Conference: $124,000
  4. Zender Environmental Health and Research Group: $200,000
  5. Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council: $94,000 

The goal of the SWM program is to provide technical assistance and/or training that will help reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources, and improve planning and operation of solid waste sites. It also provides technical assistance and training to improvement planning and management of solid waste facilities.

The five recipients of the SWM grants are as follows:

  1. Alaska Forum on the Environment, Inc.: $75,800
  2. Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.: $126,000
  3. Zender Environmental Health and Research Group: $250,000
  4. Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council: $171,000
  5. Tanana Chiefs Conference: $205,000

Applications for these of grants are accepted annually from October 1st – December 31st.  For more information on the program, please contact Tasha Deardorff, Director, Water & Environmental Programs at: (907) 271-2424, Ext. 118, or tasha.deardorff@ak.usda.gov.

President Obama’s historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger.  Under his leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.

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