Protecting air quality is a serious concern. Air quality impacts the health and well-being of everyone. The goal seems simple: fresh air. But on the ground, balancing environmental and business interests is hugely complex. Science, technology and objective integrity is needed to arrive at a balance that is fair and lasting.
The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is committed to improving air quality for the Rancheria and the local community. As the air we breathe is connected across the globe, the Tribe works with other local, state and national organizations to promote air quality protections on a much larger scale.
Using the latest technologies, the Tribe monitors pervasive air pollutants such as particulate matter. The Tribe actively participates in national data collection for air quality planning purposes, national policy debates and meteorological studies.
To ensure the Environmental Programs team remains at the forefront of air quality science and technology, the Tribe partners with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP). Both as students and teachers, the Tribe’s environmental experts understand the importance of keeping updated on the latest information. For more information on ITEP, please visit: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/
In addition, the Tribe is a member of the National Tribal Air Association and many other regional and national Tribal forums. The Blue Lake Rancheria works in concert with other Tribes to monitor and protect this most important resource.
Since 1998 the Blue Lake Rancheria has been collecting air quality monitoring and meteorological data for use by various entities, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District.
Local Humboldt County municipalities and industries seeking to gauge impact and/or improve their operations with respect to air quality have partnered with the Tribe for data and best practices consulting.
As a result of the integrity of its Air Quality program, the Tribe has been invited to partner with the U.S. EPA to improve relations with other Tribal air professionals across the country.