By Kimberly Cauvel / Skagit Valley Herald
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday $2 million in grants for dozens of projects planned by Pacific Northwest tribes to manage water quality.
About $1 million is for nonpoint pollution projects, according to a news release. Nonpoint pollution comes from fields, roads and other sources.
The other $1 million will go toward projects that will restore and protect water quality, according to the release.
Projects range from controlling invasive species and water temperature to improving fish passage and habitat.
The Samish, Sauk-Suiattle, Stilliguamish, Swinomish and Upper Skagit are among the tribes awarded grants. Of those, the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe was the only one awarded money for both a nonpoint pollution project and a restoration project.