Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP)
Tribal environmental programs consistent with the federal laws the EPA
is charged with implementing, according to their individual needs.
Through the EPA IGAP, the OVK Environmental Planner and Environmental Technician are able to participate in trainings and forums designed to keep those who work in the field up-to-date on environmental issues, and on area-specific opportunities.
The Environmental Planner and Tech are also able to plan and implement activities aimed at educating and encouraging community involvement toward maintaining the good health of our local environment. Most currently, the OVK IGAP organized the Marine Debris Clean-Up and the Community Clean-Up events. Both were great successes, thanks to the participation of the OVK Staff members, the Barry C. Stewart School Staff and Students, the City of Kasaan, and individual local volunteers.
In addition to resident activities, the OVK IGAP works with other Island Tribes and Tribes throughout Southeast Alaska in order to broaden our reach and to demonstrate solidarity on important environmental issues.
The OVK IGAP has formed a partnership with the Craig Tribal Association (CTA), the Klawock Cooperative Association (KCA), and the Hydaburg Cooperative Association (HCA) called the Tribal Environmental Coalition (TEC). The TEC works together with the newly developed POW Tribal Consortia to help facilitate island wide environmental /educational events such as, the Annual Deer Celebration, the Earth Day Fair, and Electronics Recycling.
Please enjoy articles describing these events in the 2015 Summer Edition of the Kasaan Tribal Newsletter.
The OVK IGAP staff looks forward to participating in the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins (SEATT) Partnership. We will begin training in October of 2015 to collect baseline data on toxin producing algae, focusing on our traditional and cultural use areas. The data we collect will be provided to NOAA’s National Phytoplankton Monitoring Network along with the data from our surrounding communities.