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Tribal Air Quality Collaborative Efforts

Tribal Air Quality Collaborative Efforts

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  1. Tribal Air Quality Collaborative Efforts

  2. Overview • Ak-Chin Indian Community (ACIC) • Air Quality Program • Tribal Collaboration

  3. Ak-Chin Indian Community

  4. Ak-Chin Indian Community • Ak-Chin is an O’Odham word translated to mean “place where the wash loses itself into the sand or ground” • Located approximately 40 miles south of Phoenix in Pinal County • Comprised of 22,140 acres • 15,000 acres are dedicated to agriculture • Extremely arid Sonoran Desert Climate

  5. Ak-Chin Air Quality Program • Installed the monitoring station in February 2007 • U.S. EPA funded since October 2007 • Original Emissions Inventory was conducted 2004, revised in 2007 and currently under revision • Monitor for PM10 and Ozone

  6. Reasons for Collaboration • Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) is the closest neighboring tribe, approx. 26 miles • Both GRIC and ACIC face the same air issues and impacts (agriculture, desert, encroachment, etc.) • Both GRIC and ACIC have similar air monitoring equipment • GRIC is a mature air quality program and ACIC can learn from their accomplishments • Both GRIC and ACIC have similar impacted populations (children, adults and elderly)

  7. Collaborative Efforts

  8. Reviewing Data Logger

  9. Cleaning PM-10 Inlet

  10. Assembling and Collaborating Dust Trak

  11. Servicing ACIC Air Monitoring Station

  12. Questions

  13. Contact Information: Ralph “Manny” Gomez Air Quality Specialist Environmental Protection Department Phone: (520) 568-1162 E-mail: rgomez@ak-chin.nsn.us