The Nez Perce Tribe has received a $100,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for a water quality improvement project in the headwaters of the lower Lapwai Creek watershed.
The project will create about 14 new acres of riparian habitat along a heavily degraded stream and construct imitation beaver dams throughout the project area to spread and slow streamflow during high runoff events, reconnect flood plains to streams and improve habitat quality. One culvert will be replaced, and the money will help the tribe present information about the project to the public.
The EPA also awarded grants to four other Northwest tribes including the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Nooksack Tribe and the Quinault Tribe. (Lewiston Tribune)