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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The federal government will help improve the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s water utilities to help the system cope with the effects of climate change.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced that up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance will be provided to the tribe and 17 cities across the country.

Ken Kopocis of the EPA’s Office of Water says the agency is helping water utilities plan for and adapt to the challenges posed by droughts, rising sea levels and changes to water quality.

Drinking water, waste water and storm water utilities will participate in the multi-year program to prepare for potential impacts from climate change. EPA officials say the risk assessments will help the utilities use conservation measures to prepare for droughts and determine which adaptation options will protect pump stations from flooding.

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