Assistant Environmental Director
Environmental Grants Manager
334 Main Street
P.O. Box 765
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
The mission of the Quapaw
Tribe of Oklahoma Environmental Department is to protect human health, the environment,
and the cultural heritage of the Quapaw people through applying scientific
methods in understanding impacts to our natural world.
The Environmental Department can provide
Tribal members with information regarding water quality, air quality, illegal
solid waste dumps, recycling, Tar Creek site issues (including some chat sales
information), and other environmental issues affecting Quapaw Tribal lands and
Northeast Ottawa County.
projects of the Environmental Department:
General Assistance Program (GAP) Grant
The GAP Grant is in place
to help develop and build capacity within the Tribe’s Environmental Department
to manage their own environmental protection programs, and to develop and
implement solid and hazardous waste programs in relation to the Tribe’s needs
and applicable federal laws and regulations.
Clean Water Act (CWA) 106 Grant
The CWA 106 Grant helps us
monitor surface waters within Quapaw Tribe jurisdictional boundaries. We
collect and analyze water samples from eight sites on Beaver Creek, Tar Creek,
Elm Creek and Spring River. The data is used to assess the quality of water and
determine if the water bodies meet their designated uses.
CWA 319 Grant
The CWA 319 Grant or
Non-Point Source (NPS) pollution encompasses sources of pollution that do not
come from a pin-pointed source; examples of NPS pollution include urban and
agricultural runoff. The CWA 319 Grant provides funding to improve water
quality and watershed health. Activities under this grant include investigating
origins of NPS pollution, developing a comprehensive watershed management plan,
and educating the community about how they can reduce NPS pollution.
Clean Air Act (CAA) 103 Grant
The CAA 103 Grant is for monitoring
and outreach and education for ambient air quality issues. We monitor ambient
air quality for ozone, particulate matter, ammonia, lead in total suspended
particulates, temperature, wind speed and wind direction, and relative
Superfund Cooperative Agreements
- The Superfund Cooperative
Agreements ensure that the interests of the Quapaw Tribe and the
protection of human health and the environment within Quapaw jurisdiction
are addressed in all matters regarding the Tar Creek Superfund Site.
Additionally, the Superfund Cooperative Agreements allow the Quapaw Tribe
- Report all information gathered
regarding the Site to the Tribal Business Committee.
- Provide technical review of
Superfund documents (investigations, studies, reports, etc.) regarding the
- Participate in meetings, conference
calls, and decision planning related to ongoing Remedial Design/ Remedial
Action projects, particularly as they pertain to Tribal Lands.
- Represent the Quapaw Environmental
Program in working with the EPA, US Corps of Engineers, the Oklahoma
Department of Environmental Quality, the US Geological Survey, and other
appropriate federal and /or state agencies on superfund issues.
- Stay current on information and
developments regarding CERCLA issues.
- Attend meetings, conferences, and
training as required to achieve the above-listed goals.
- Provide field oversight when
Superfund activity occurs on Tribal trust land and when requested by
- Ensure that the Tribe is involved
in all projects related to tribal lands at the Tar Creek Site.
Cooperative Agreements include:
Distal 08 (Catholic 40)
Beaver Creek North Remedial
Distal 13 Remedial
Distal 10 and 12 Remedial Response
New Cooperative Agreements
will be added to this list as current remedial projects finish and new remedial
projects are started. Please contact the Quapaw Tribe Environmental Department
with any questions concerning ongoing projects.
Outreach and Education
The Quapaw Tribe Environmental Department
presents informational and educational programs throughout the community to
increase awareness of issues that impact human health and the environment.
Quapaw School Earth Week
Downstream Health Fair
Buffalo Run Health Fair
Tar Creek Tours
Wyandotte Nation Environmental Festival
Quapaw Tribal Health Fair
Lost Creek Water Festival
Tar Creek Conference
Quapaw Hay Days
Tar Creek Superfund Community Involvement