The Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation’s (LPPSR) Water Program is dedicated to protecting the reservation’s water quality and promoting healthy ecosystems. The Water Program is managed by the Environmental and Air Quality Department (EAQD) and is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) granting under the Clean Water Act (CWA) Sections 106 and 319.
CWA § 106
Section 106 of the CWA is intended to assist Indian Tribes in the creation and implementation of effective water quality control programs. Details of the program can be found here; http://www.epa.gov/owm/mab/indian/cwa106.htm.
The goals for the Water Program under Section 106 in fiscal year 2011 (10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011) are:
1.) The creation of a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). The purpose of the QAPP is to outline all surface and ground water monitoring procedures. The creation of a QAPP for LPPSR will be instrumental in establishing the Water Quality Monitoring Program.
2.) After approval of the QAPP, begin data collection and creation of a water quality database.
3.) Begin work to develop the Treatment in the Same Manner as a State (TAS) and Water Quality Standards (WQS) applications to the EPA. The purpose of the TAS status is so that LPPSR will have the same ability that a state or federal entity would when implementing and managing water quality programs. WQS are a set of guidelines that create maximum levels of pollutants.
4.) Improve the water quality control program knowledge of the community at LPPSR through implementation of brochures, factsheets, and educational workshops.
CWA § 319
Section 319 of the CWA was created to assist in the application of management practices that address pollution from nonpoint sources. Details of this program can be found here; http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/tribal/index.html.
The goals for the Water Program under Section 319 in fiscal year 2011 are:
1.) Update the Nonpoint Source Management Plan (NSMP). The NSMP outlines the best management practices for inventorying and addressing nonpoint source pollution problems.
2.) Improve the nonpoint source pollution knowledge of the community at LPPSR through implementation of brochures, factsheets, and educational workshops.