Current Projects & Resources
The NPM Regional Water Team worked to develop and enhance partnerships with other agencies, organizations, and stakeholders including:
The following links offer additional information on partnerships formed with USDA-NIFA, 1994 Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) within the region and nationally.
The NPM Regional Water Program plans to develop partnerships with Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) that are actively working on water related research and teaching and will actively seek funding opportunities which are mutually beneficial to the HSIs and state coordinators in the NPM Region and beyond. Current HSI's in the NPM Region include:
Tribal, Hispanic Serving Institution, and 2-year College WQ Curriculum Capacity Building
No less than 23 uniquely identified Native American populations, five Hispanic serving higher education institutions, 17 Native American higher education institutions, and 40 two-year and vocational education/technology colleges presently address educational needs of underserved populations of the region. Many underserved communities face water quality impairment issues, including access to safe drinking water. While there is often significant desire within and from outside these underserved communities to address water quality needs, in many cases there is lack of knowledge among community members about how to characterize and address these issues. Additionally, although 1994 institutions, Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) institutions and locally-attended 2-year and vocational education/technology institutions provide the venue for improving the knowledge base of underserved community members, a critical mass of faculty and instructors with water quality expertise and experience is often lacking. Partnerships facilitated between faculty of Tribal, HSI, and 2-year colleges and Land Grant Universities through the USDA-NIFA National Water Program can help bridge the gap between science and community implementation adapted to specific community needs.