Department of Agriculture awards Pine Ridge Reservation $760,000 for new lift station
PINE RIDGE RESERVATION — President Donald Trump and his administration has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Oglala Sioux Tribe $760,000 to install a new lift station for the Pine Ridge community.
The funds came through the Water and Waste Grant funds and will replace a system that has failed multiple times.
“This project provides reliable infrastructure for Pine Ridge and it protects the health and safety of its residents,” said Julie Gross, South Dakota USDA Rural Development State Director. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural South Dakota in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
Pine Ridge, the tribal headquarters of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is the most populated county in Oglala Lakota County with a population of 3,808.
The OST was in compliance with all applicable regulations, but the old lift station would fail too often, which caused environmental and health concerns.
A new double-box culvert duplex lift station, as well as an emergency standby generator were installed. The improvements remove any further discharge and meet the needs for pumping sewage to the water and waste treatment facility.
The federal funding was leveraged with grants from Indian Health Service (IHS) of $265,000 and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of $493,000, which brought the total cost of the project to $1,518,000.
For more information, you can visit the USDA website here.