MACHIAS, Maine — The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township recently was awarded $1.26 million that will enable water service upgrades and roof and other repairs at the tribe’s public safety building.
The tribe obtained $346,670 in federal stimulus funds to pay for a project to improve wastewater services to 50 tribal homes through renovations to a lift station.
“We are very proud that the Recovery Act is providing funds for the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township to improve drinking water services,” Ira Leighton, acting regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office, said in a prepared statement. “This critical work will provide real dividends for the communities, by protecting people’s health, bolstering our economy and creating jobs.”
The Indian Township work is one of 95 wastewater and 64 drinking water priority projects nationwide that received federal funding.
The tribe also was awarded $915,000 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Community Grant Program. The funding will be used for structural repairs for the roof of the public safety building located on the reservation. The building will be home to the Fire and Police departments.
U.S. Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins said in a press release announcing the funding, “Ensuring first responders have access to the tools and resources they need to serve and protect our communities should be a top priority. We are pleased the federal government recognized the Passamaquoddy reservation’s qualifications for this funding, which will guarantee local firefighters and law enforcement officers have access to a top-notch Public Safety Building.”