Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP)

The Goal

to assist Tribes in building capacity to administer
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 is 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 is 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 coming up May 22nd & 23rd in  Klawock.

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Looking Forward

The OVK IGAP staff looks forward to participating in the Southeast  Alaska Tribal Toxins (SEATT) Partnership. We will be training in April  of 2018 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. Posted results from our  findings can be found on the SEATOR website under Kasaan.

IGAP Coordinator

Carol Fletcher


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