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By Haidee V. Eugenio

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (August 4, 2000 - Marianas Variety/PINA Nius Online)---The U.S. Department of Interior announced its approval of a $78,000 grant to fund training programs in the Pacific Region on water conservation and related issues.

Of this amount, about $10,000 will go to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, particularly to the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation's "Project Water Education for Teachers" - or Project Wet.

This provides special training on water issues for adults who work with children.

Governor Pedro P. Tenorio's letter of funding request to the Interior Department led to the approval of the amount for the entire region, according to the CUC Project Wet Coordinator Pamela Mathis.

"They approved the funding based on the success of the program, and the communications between the governor and Insular Affairs Director Danny Aranz," said Mathis.

CUC Executive Director Timothy P. Villagomez said the federal grant was announced during a recent conference held in American Samoa and sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Villagomez said Interior also announced that CUC is the grant administrator. CUC's Mathis was also invited to address the conference and conduct Project Wet training.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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