Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, 148 Tribes
Tribal Successes in 2003
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Tribes take the lead
2003 marked the 10-year anniversary of EPA's Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP). Ninety percent of the Pacific Southwest Region's 146 tribes receive GAP grants, and more than half have EPA-approved authority, equivalent to that of a state, to carry out one or more federal environmental programs. Work funded by 527 GAP grants, totaling over $111 million, was underway in the region in 2004.
Where the tribes' environmental programs are not yet sufficiently developed, EPA retains primary responsibility. Working as partners, the tribes and EPA have made significant progress in protecting tribal lands, waters, and cultural resources (see links below). The tribes have also forged productive partnerships with other agencies and neighboring communities.
- Solid Waste Management
Tribes closed and cleaned up open dumps, abandoned cars
- Hazardous Waste Cleanup
Tribes, EPA oversaw over 100 underground tank cleanups; progress at five Superfund sites
- Safe Drinking Water, Clean Waterways
Tribes used EPA grants to build and maintain safe drinking water, wastewater treatment facilities
- Air Quality
Tribes used EPA grants to assess air quality
- Pesticides and Toxics Regulation
Twenty-three tribes regulate pesticides on over 22 million acres of land
- Natural and Cultural Resource Successes
Tribes' achievements in cultural preservation, environmental education, and outreach
Tribes in the Pacific Southwest
Of the 146 Indian tribes in the Pacific Southwest Region, more than 130 are now working with EPA to meet the unique challenges of environmental protection in Indian Country. Indian lands account for 11% of the region's land area and are home to about 400,000 people.
The tribes range from the Navajo Nation, largest in the U.S., with over 200,000 members and over 27,000 square miles, to tribes with less than a thousand members and under 50 acres.
EPA's Pacific Southwest Region includes the States of Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada; 146 tribal nations and communities; and Pacific islands such as American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Map shows boundaries of states, counties and tribal lands.
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