Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP)
IGAP is a federal Act authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide General Assistance Program (GAP) grants to federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia for planning, developing, and establishing environmental protection programs in Indian Country, as well as for developing and implementing solid and hazardous waste programs on Tribal lands. The goal of this program is to assist Tribes in developing the capacity to manage their own environmental protection programs, and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with individual Tribal needs and applicable federal laws and regulations.
Current Craig Tribal Association IGAP Programs
HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS PROGRAM: The Craig Tribal Association, along with(14) southeast Alaska Tribes, formed a partnership to monitor for Harmful Algal Blooms or HAB's. The Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins (SEATT) group works with NOAA to monitor specific types of phytoplankton that can carry toxins that have a potential to be consumed by shellfish and other resources. These toxins cause Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), Amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP), and Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) in humans. The data collected will help NOAA and SEATT in establishing a HAB early warning system for researchers, shellfish growers, resource managers, and subsistence users in Southeast Alaska. Please visit www.seator.org for more information.
WATER QUALITY PROGRAM:
The Environmental Department has implemented a water quality monitoring program on traditional and customary streams. Currently, we are monitoring two streams in the traditional territory obtaining baseline data that can later be used for enhancement or mitigation projects. To view our 2014 and 2015 report, please click the link below.
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns in regards to current or future projects, or project ideas, please feel free to come into the office and talk with us. We are located downstairs in the Tribal Hall building, across from the new court house location.
Department phone number: (907) 826-5125