CRNA Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP)

The Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP) is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded grant to assist tribes and tribal consortia in developing their environmental protection programs and develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs on tribal lands.

CRNA implemented its IGAP Program in 2011 and coordinates with the Regional IGAP coordinators to address environmental issues and increase environmental awareness through outreach and education.

Recycling

CRNA IGAP promotes recycling! CRNA recycles within its organization and works with the Regional IGAP programs to support recycling throughout the region to reduce waste that goes into the local landfill and improve the health of our environment. If there are any questions about what or where to recycle, please contact the IGAP Program at CRNA.

There is an annual white goods backhaul in the summer when CRNA works with the Regional IGAP programs to remove and recycle refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, and other large household appliances from the region. Please contact the Tribal Office in your area for more information about this event.

CRNA IGAP partners with Recycling Our Area’s Resources, ROAR in Glennallen, to recycle aluminum cans, mixed paper, office paper, newspaper, and shredded paper throughout the Copper River region. CRNA also works with Valley Community for Recycling Solutions, to recycle plastics, and cardboard.

Air Quality

CRNA IGAP educates residents about air quality so they will know how to make their homes healthy, with the goal of improving human and environmental health. This includes distributing Healthy Homes kits, and participating in events such as Red Ribbon Week to raise awareness about drugs, and more.

Water Quality

Improving water quality through the Copper River region is another critical IGAP goal. Our rivers provide drinking water, and the salmon depend on clean water. CRNA IGAP is working to develop a Water Quality Assurance Project Plan, or Water Quality QAPP, to protect our waters and wildlife from pollution. Under this QAPP, CRNA IGAP staff will work with other IGAP Programs to conduct water quality sampling in all the major rivers and use that data to assess the level of water pollution. This data will be used to raise public awareness about pollution and water quality, and to improve human and environmental health in the long term.

Climate Change

The Earth, as we know it, is changing. Oceans and rivers are warmer, fires are burning hotter and longer, and winters are warmer. This is due to Global Warming, the warming of the atmosphere to potential catastrophic proportions.

CRNA IGAP is working to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which will serve as a document to recommend adaptation, mitigation, and other actions to help safeguard our region from climate impacts. CRNA is planning to work with the Copper River region to assess potential environmental impacts and develop adaptation strategies.

CRNA partners with the Copper River Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to help prepare for any emergency that exceeds the local resources in the Copper River Basin.

The CRNA IGAP Program addresses all environmental issues and topics. If you have a concern, question, or want information regarding any environmental subject, contact the IGAP Coordinator at [email protected] or 822-8846.

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