Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials have announced the first state brownfields grant award to a tribal nation for $5,500. ADEQ’s grant will provide the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) with funds to conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment on property known as “Mosquito Flats” in La Paz County.
Mosquito Flats is approximately 11 acres of low-lying tribal land located south of the Main Canal, immediately south of Blue Water Lagoon Resort/Park, in Parker, on an entire watershed of roughly 75 acres. Stormwater has created the potential for petroleum contamination on the site, and another environmental concern involves ponding water creating a mosquito breeding habitat.
ADEQ is currently collaborating with CRIT and a comprehensive group of stakeholders to address the issues. The first step is the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, and with the official state brownfield designation for Mosquito Flats, the community will have the opportunity to apply for other crucial funding sources that further revitalize, enhance and protect public health and the environment for this community.
“We are pleased to have the ability to expand this opportunity to tribes, and we hope that they will reach out to us and find out how to apply,” said Ian Bingham, Ombudsman and Tribal Liaison at ADEQ. CRIT and 14 other tribes in Arizona are eligible for brownfields funding.
Redeveloping brownfields has the potential to reduce environmental hazards, mitigate public health threats, create new business opportunities, increase tax revenue, and restore habitats and blighted areas to productive use. Program funds are limited and available to eligible applicants in the order that they apply and qualify.
To learn more about the grant or to apply:
Jennie Curé, 602-771-2296, firstname.lastname@example.org
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