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Pyramid Lake Non-Point Source Assessment & Management Plan - 1994


Nonpoint source (NFS) discharges to aquatic systems have been identified by the

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and other professional water quality

scientists as important sources of pollutants. In many cases, these pollutants interfere with

the intended beneficial uses of these waterbodies. Indeed, this problem is of such widespread

occurrence that Congress enacted Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (in 1987) and

established a national program to assess and control NPS pollution. Since that time, the

States have begun to address concerns by formally documenting existing NPS problem

sites and conducting reconnaissance studies to identify previously unknown problem sites.

The Clean Water Act (as amended in 1987) extended the opportunity for Indian Tribes to

take a greater administrative role in environmental protection within their borders.

However, many Tribes do not have the institutional capability nor the historical data base

to immediately begin NPS implementation projects. Because of this deficiency, USEPA

made $500,000 of Abatement, Compliance and Control funds available during FY 1992,

nation-wide, to assist Tribes to become eligible for Section 319 grants. The Pyramid Lake

Paiute Tribe received $48,000 of these monies to begin the process of NPS pollution

control to waters of their reservation.

With this report, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is seeking to expand the scope of

its environmental responsibilities to the area of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. The

Tribe recognizes the potential negative impacts of NPS to both Pyramid Lake and the

lower Truckee River and wishes to continue existing and begin new actions which will

reduce pollutant discharges to these waterbodies. As is policy of the USEPA, Indian

Tribes must meet two important pre-conditions before they can be eligible to receive NPS

implementation grants under section 319 of the Clean Water Act. First, they must meet

the requirements for treatment as a State, and second, they must have an USEPA approved

NPS assessment and management program. This report is intended to fulfill this later


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