The air program
is conducting air monitoring at three Tribal sites throughout Quapaw territory. Two of the Tribal sites are part of our Tar Creek Air Monitoring Project and are located in the Picher-Cardin areas. These sites monitor for particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) and lead.
The other Tribal site is located near our field office on the Tribal industrial park. This site monitors for fine particulate matter, criteria pollutants, and meteorological parameters. These pollutants are ozone, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. The meteorological parameters are temperature, humidity, precipitation, and wind speed and direction. Other program initiatives include conducting education and outreach to tribal members regarding air quality issues, and participation in regional haze organizations.
General Assistance Program
The general assistance program
, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program, provides assistance to Tribes for the development of the administrative and technical infrastructure necessary to operate and build their environmental programs. Currently this is the base funding mechanism for the Environmental Office, allowing the Tribe to have and maintain an environmental presence at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
Tar Creek Superfund Site
The most prominent environmental issue facing the Tribe and its members is the Tar Creek Superfund Site
. The focus of this program is on the issues of surface and groundwater contamination, high blood lead levels in Indian children in Ottawa County, surface soil contamination, and other issues arising from the former lead and zinc mining district. Here are some photos taken at the 2014 Tar Creek Conference
June 4, 2014: Tribe, State Reach Agreement for Additional Tar Creek Super fund Clean-up Projects:
for additional information.
The water program
is conducting monthly water monitoring of three streams (Spring River, Beaver Creek, and Tar Creek) within Quapaw territory. Other program initiatives include conducting education and outreach to Tribal members regarding water quality issues and developing Tribal water quality standards.