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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe

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Participants:
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
EPA Program Offices
EPA Region II

Project Goal:
Use the Exchange Network to implement AQS flow and maintain the IT resources needed to flow the data.

Project Benefits:
The Exchange Network enabled the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to:

The issue

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is an international tribal community located in northern New York State and is bisected by the United States-Canada Border. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe had years of backlogged ambient air quality data and needed a reliable way to electronically share air quality and other environmental data with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Even though the data was being collected, funding to staff and maintain the necessary Information Technology (IT) assets and Internet connectivity was unavailable.

The solution

Web services (automated information services conducted over the Internet that simplify the exchange of large amounts of data) that supported affordable data storage, retrieval and wide tribal access made financial and strategic sense to the tribe. The Environment Division of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe applied for Exchange Network grants to train staff to acquire the necessary IT assets and Internet connectivity to create and use a Node on the Exchange Network. Once the data was prepared to fit Exchange Network protocols and uploaded onto the tribe's Exchange Network Node, the Environment Division of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe became the first environmental agency to exchange Air Quality System (AQS) data through the Exchange Network. The AQS database contains ambient air pollution data collected by EPA, state, local, and tribal air pollution control agencies from thousands of monitoring stations.

The benefits

By submitting AQS data quickly and easily through the Exchange Network, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is able to effectively use its resources. The infrastructure and software used for the AQS data exchange can also be used to develop other data exchanges (ambient water quality monitoring data and Electronic Discharge Monitoring Reports). The use of the Exchange Network enables other tribes and agencies to view and use the tribe's data. Finally, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's use of the Exchange Network is a tangible example for other tribes who want to conveniently exchange data with EPA.

For more information

AQS data exchange Web site Exit EPA Disclaimer
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environmental Division Web site Exit EPA Disclaimer

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