State and federal representatives will present two checks totaling $2.675 million to tribal leaders during a groundbreaking and grant signing ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 at Santa Clara Pueblo. The money will be used to help replace and upgrade the tribe’s aging wastewater treatment system.
“Our current system is more than 30-years old,” said Santa Clara Governor Michael Chavarria. “The upgrades are badly needed, not only to handle the increasing volume from our growing community, but for the health and safety of our tribal members.”
Repairs and upgrades will be done in phases beginning in the main village, then the East Housing Area and wrapping up in the West Housing Area with work expected to be finished over the next several years. These funds are for Phase 1A of the overall system repairs.
Several state and federal dignitaries will take part in the groundbreaking ceremony, including:
• Patrice Kunesh, Deputy undersecretary for USDA Rural Development